YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — During the last week of classes at Youngstown State University, the biggest shock for most students was the news that the University of Akron did not choose former Penguins coach Jim Tressel as its new president.
The announcement was made Thursday afternoon by the University of Akron Board of Trustees, which chose University of Toledo provost Scott Scarborough as its new university leader.
The decision, while surprising, has left some students at YSU hopeful that a new chapter can begin on campus with Tressel leading the way.
“That can be good news. I grew up here in Youngstown and I used to watch him at the football games as the head coach. I know he has a rich history in the Valley,” said student Philip Monrean.
“Yeah, Akron is a pretty good school. I am pretty surprised, actually,” said freshman Matt DeAngelo.
Just feet away from where Tressel led the university’s football team to several championship seasons, YSU sophomore Ed Pristov and DeAngelo are optimistic Tressel will use his leadership skills on the field to be successful off the field.
“Really seems like he knows what he is doing. The experience, I think the university really needs that,” DeAngelo said.
“He’s well known if he comes here so I think it will put us on the map,” Pristov said.
Tressel is one of three candidates Youngstown State University is evaluating for its next president. The Board of Trustees is holding an emergency meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday to discuss the presidential search.