UPDATE: Tressel Official As President at Youngstown State

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 7/1/2014 11:15 AM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is kicking off his official tenure as Youngstown State University president by meeting with employees, students and board members.

Tressel had been acting president for two weeks. His first official day was Tuesday, when his schedule included a breakfast gathering with faculty and a lunchtime cookout with students at his university-owned home.

He'll make $300,000 annually under the contract approved by trustees.

Youngstown is familiar territory for Tressel, who started his college coaching career at the northeast Ohio school.

Tressel had been an administrator at the University of Akron for the past two years. Before that, he was forced out as coach at Ohio State after players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

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UPDATE 5/12/2014 3:30 PM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is expected to be introduced as the 9th president of Youngstown State University, where he started his college coaching career.

Tressel is expected to attend the school's board of trustees meeting at 6 p.m. Monday and then have a news conference at 7 p.m.

The board voted unanimously Friday to offer the job to Tressel, who said he was "honored and privileged" to accept it. The terms of his contract were being negotiated.

Tressel had been an administrator at the University of Akron for the past two years and was also a finalist for the presidency at that school.

He was forced out as OSU coach following a scandal in which players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - The faculty union at Youngstown State University comes out in support of former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel for school president.

Tressel is one of three finalists for the top job at Youngstown State, where he formerly coached. He's also one of three finalists for the presidency at the University of Akron, where he currently works in administration.

YSU faculty union leaders issued a statement Wednesday voicing support for Tressel as the candidate "who will continue to build and nourish our efforts to establish an environment of trust, transparency and open collaboration."

The school's last president left after only eight months.

Tressel was forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

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