Jim Tressel, who was Ohio State’s head coach when they were hit with NCAA sanctions a few years back, has been named the president of Youngstown State University.
Tressel was granted the position in a unanimous vote by the school’s board of trustees Friday.
After fully examining each and every candidate and reviewing the input from hundreds of individuals across the campus and the community, the Board of Trustees believes Mr. Tressel is the right individual at the right time to lead Youngstown State University,” trustee chairman Sudershan Garg said in a press release. “Mr. Tressel has the personality and leadership skills, in addition to widespread community support, to dramatically raise YSU”s profile and prominence across Ohio and the nation.”
Tressel was previously the vice president of Strategic Engagement (whatever that means) for Akron University from 2012-2014. He coached Ohio State from 2001-2010, winning a national championship in 2002 before resigning in 2011 amidst NCAA violations dating back to 2002 and involving as many as 28 players.
An Ohio native, Tressel began his coaching career in Akron, GA before stints at Miami (OH), Syracuse and Youngstown. His wife Ellen and one of his sons are both YSU graduates.
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