Ex-coach Tressel applies to be YSU president

Associated Press Published:

YOUNGSTOWN -- Former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel has applied to become president at Youngstown State University less than a month after he applied for the same position at the University of Akron.

The Youngs-town Vindicator reported that the firm leading YSU's search said Tressel applied for the post on Friday.

Tressel coached at YSU before leaving for Ohio State University where he was forced out following a scandal that led to NCAA sanctions.

He has worked as an administrator at Akron for two years. He applied in mid-March for the president's job there, saying he had 35 years of experience in higher education.

In February, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and 30 other community leaders wrote a letter to the YSU Board of Trustees, urging members to hire Tressel.

On Friday, Ryan said he was pleased Tressel applied for the top YSU post.

"Because of the departure of Dr. (Randy) Dunn, YSU faces a unique situation, and I believe Jim Tressel would provide the kind of leadership needed by a major university," Ryan said. "I urge both Youngstown State and the University of Akron to seriously consider his candidacy. It is vitally important for us to keep someone with his talent, experience and leadership skills in northeast Ohio."

YSU President Randy Dunn, who replaced Cynthia Anderson last year, resigned after just seven months on the job to become president at Southern Illinois University.

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