Jim Tressel -- ex-football coach rapped by NCAA -- offered school president job

Jim Tressel is seen on the sidelines while still coach at Ohio State University in May 2011.

Story highlights

  • Student leader: Polarized reaction to Youngstown State offer to Tressel
  • Sophomore says Tressel's hiring could be a success or a bust
  • Tressel left as Ohio State's football coach under a cloud of controversy
  • He has been in university administration roles since then
Jim Tressel -- who gained fame then infamy as a collegiate football coach in Ohio -- is now poised to lead a new team: Youngstown State University.
The school's board of trustees announced Friday that it'll offer the president's job to Tressel, who has worked as an administrator at the University of Akron since departing as head football coach at Ohio State University under a cloud of controversy.
"Mr. Tressel has the personality and leadership skills, in addition to widespread community support, to dramatically raise YSU's profile and prominence across Ohio and the nation," board Chairman Sudershan Garg said in a statement.
If the job offer is finalized, Tressel will know his way around the school. He obtained legendary status as Youngstown State's head football coach between 1986 and 2000, during which time he led teams to four Division I-AA national championships.
This success catapulted Tressel to the top job at Ohio State, which historically boasts one of the top football programs in the country.
He quickly picked up where he left off, leading the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship and seven Big 10 championships.