Tressel returns home to his coaching roots Credit: Youngstown State
Jim Tressel left Ohio State under a cloud of tattoos and sold jersey controversies, but appears to have landed on his feet within his home state. Youngstown State, the college at which he began his historic college coaching career, appears ready to offer their prodigal son the Presidency of the University. The Associated Press reports that the trustees voted to offer Tressel the position, which would be officially announced upon a contract agreement.
Tressel spent 15 years at Youngstown State University racking up four I-AA National Championships. His success continued at Ohio State, with a BCS Championship (2002) and six Big 10 titles (co-champions, or outright). He finished his career at 229-79, which doesn’t include 12 wins in 2010, the season in which several Ohio State players, including future NFL players quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Daniel Herron, and wide receiver DeVier Posey, were found to have received improper benefits. The benefits stemmed from the selling of game jerseys, championship rings, and other memorabilia, or exchanging them for tattoos. The forfeiture of games was self-imposed by Ohio State, and Tressel was no longer retained as its head coach.
Youngstown State has about 13,500 students, and the faculty supported the appointment, according to the AP.
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