Youngstown State Extends University President Jim Tressel

The Youngstown State football program announced some big news over the weekend. In report from the Associated Press, it was confirmed that university president Jim Tressel will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

The report states that the Penguins decided to extend Tressel through the 2020 season.

Per the Associated Press:

The university’s Board of Trustees and President Jim Tressel recently agreed to the one-year extension. Board Chair Dee Crawford said in a statement that the former Ohio State University football coach has “excelled” in leading the university the past four years.

The contract extension agreed upon Thursday does not include a pay raise. The university says his annual salary will remain at $300,000.

After leaving the Ohio State Buckeyes following the 2010 season which was embroiled in controversy following an NCAA investigation into improper benefits, Tressel served as a consultant for the Indianapolis Colts. He then served as Vice President of Strategic Engagement at the University of Akron, before agreeing to become the 10th president at Youngstown State in May 9, 2014.

The 66-year-old Ohio native previously served as head football coach at Youngstown State from 1986-2000. Throughout his lengthy career as a head coach, Tressel compiled an overall record of 229-79-2 with a 5-4 record in bowl games. Tressel also led Youngstown State to four NCAA Division I-AA national championships and the Buckeyes to one BCS National Championship and six Big Ten titles. Tressel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.