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Youngstown State Board of Trustees offer Tressel presidency

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - After months of mystery the Youngstown State Board of Trustees made their decision. Tressel's status from candidate to finalist at both YSU and the University of Akron has been followed closely.

After weeks of waiting to learn their final pick, YSU's trustees took only minutes to announce their decision Friday morning. It was a process where only one person could win, and the man with experience on how to do just that got the job. 

Trustees met behind closed doors for only 20 minutes to formally offer Tressel the Youngstown State presidency and he accepted. 

Dr. Sudershan Garg, head of the board of trustees, says the board found Tressel to be the strongest candidate. Garg said of Tressel, "He will be the most stable individual who is committed to YSU and to the region. And will have the most support from the YSU community, state and federal legislators and people living in the valley and beyond". 

University of Akron officials say Tressel was not expected on Akron's campus today. Sources close to 21 Sports say Tressel withdrew his candidacy at the University of Akron, before Akron trustees named Scott Scarborough to the post Thursday.

As for the NCAA sanctions that forced him out of Ohio State, YSU's legal counsel does not believe that will have any impact on his presidency. Tressel replaces Randy Dunn, who left YSU after only seven months on the job. Dunn's contract required him to give 180 days notice if he decided to leave, and he did just that. 

Although Tressel's contract is not yet inked, trustees hope he stays at least through the end of this decade, if not beyond. 

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