Tressel Offically Becomes YSU’s 9th President

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Former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel has signed on to be the ninth president of Youngstown State University, where he started his college coaching career.

According to media reports, Tressel signed a three-year contract at the university's board of trustees meeting Monday night.

The newspaper reports Tressel will earn $300,000 the first two years, with third-year salary undetermined.

The contract begins July 1.

A university spokesman hasn't returned a message seeking comment.

The board voted unanimously last week to offer the job to Tressel. Tressel had been an administrator at the University of Akron for the past two years and was a finalist for the presidency there.

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

A Youngstown State University spokesman says school trustees have voted to offer the president's job to former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.

Tressel is one of three finalists for the job at the northeastern Ohio school where he once coached the football team.

Youngstown State spokesman Ron Cole said Friday that a contract is being negotiated. Tressel was chosen over the president of Southern Oregon University and the chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Tressel recently was a finalist but was not chosen to be president at the University of Akron, where he has been an administrator for two years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.