In a surprising move if you have not been following the story, Youngstown State University has offered the presidency of the school to former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.

Tressel left Columbus amidst a sea of sanctions following a memorabilia-for-cash scandal, and has spent the last two years in an administrative role at the University of Akron. In fact, he was recently a finalist (but not chosen) for the presidency there as well.

In a statement, Youngstown State Board of Trustees chairman Sudershan Garg said the following about Tressel:

“After fully examining each and every candidate and reviewing the input from hundreds of individuals across the campus and the community, the board of trustees believes Mr. Tressel is the right individual at the right time to lead Youngstown State University.

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.”

Tressel has said he has no plans to go back into coaching, and he has the full support of the faculty. While no official word has come out yet, it seems as if it would be a major surprise if he did not take the job.

[via ESPN]