Jim Tressel, a legendary coach at Ohio State and Youngstown State, will leave his position as president of YSU

Jim Tressel, a legendary coach at Ohio State and Youngstown State, will leave his position as president of YSU

Jim Tressel, a former head coach of Ohio State, has stated that he intends to leave his position as president of Youngstown State University on February 1, 2023, after holding the position since 2014. After leaving Ohio State in the wake of the “Tattoogate” incident prior to the 2011 season, Tressel, 69, successfully transitioned to academia. In an email to the Youngstown State community, Tressel stated, “It is with a great deal of appreciation and thankfulness that Ellen and I decide to stand down as President and First Lady of our beloved YSU, effective February 1, 2023. Serving Youngstown State University in a variety of positions has been a true blessing and labour of love, and we will do so in whatever way the university needs us to.

The show-cause penalty would have made a return to coaching at an NCAA institution difficult for Tressel, but he had a longstanding connection to Youngstown State and became the school’s president after a short tenure as an executive vice president at Akron. Prior to his 10-year run as Ohio State’s coach, he spent 15 seasons as YSU’s coach, amassing a 135-57 record and capturing four Division I FCS national titles.

In 10 seasons with the Buckeyes, Tressel won a national championship and coached in two others. At the time of his resignation from Ohio State, Tressel was caught up in an NCAA violations case alleging that some of his players, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, accepted impermissible benefits for selling memorabilia. Initially, Tressel was to be suspended for a portion of the 2011 season, but he eventually resigned and received a five-year show-cause from the NCAA.

In the university’s announcement of his upcoming retirement, Tressel said he is proud of Youngstown State’s improving graduation rates, fundraising efforts and campus transformation. As a northeast Ohio native, Tressel spent nearly his entire coaching and academic career in the state.

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