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WARREN, Ohio - Trumbull County Commissioners approved a resolution recommending Jim Tressel for Youngstown State University's next president.

The resolution that is addressed to YSU Trustees says, "Please consider and accept this recommendation for Jim Tressel for the next President of YSU. It is unlikely that you will find a candidate with a better understanding of the Mahoning Valley, it's organizations and institutions and more importantly, its student body and faculty."

This comes just one day after Valley Congressman Tim Ryan recruited more than 30 influential valley leaders to send a letter of support for Jim Tressel to YSU's Board of Trustees.

Tom Humphries, the President of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, is among those pushing to see the former National Championship coach at YSU and OSU become YSU's lead administrator.  "If you look at his leadership skills, his ability to communicate with large groups of people, I think he's the right guy at the right time. I think the university needs the stability, they need a tested leader, and I think that is Jim Tressel," Humphries said.

So are trustees feeling the pressure?

Harry Meshel has been a member of the YSU Board of Trustees for seven years, "No I don't feel pressure. I've been overseas. You know, I've spent two years in the South Pacific, I don't get pressured by anybody."

In fact, Meshel welcomes the public's input.  "I certainly don't resent anybody asking us to consider somebody. Particularly leaders in the community. I have a lot of respect for those folks who help us run the university, build the university."

But there's still the million dollar question.

"Whether or not Jim Tressel would want the position, is he available? I don't know if he's available, I don't know if he really wants it," Meshel said.

Repeated attempts to reach Tressel have been unsuccessful.

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