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Union favors Tressel for Youngstown State top job

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The faculty union at Youngstown State University has come out in support of former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel for school president.

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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012, file photo, former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel speaks after being introduced as the new vice president for strategic engagement at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron's search for a new president. Tressel has been an administrator there for two years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which his players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Tressel is one of three finalists for the top job at Youngstown State, where he formally coached. He's also one of three finalists for the presidency at the University of Akron, where he currently works in administration.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator (http://bit.ly/1uF9Y9o ) reports that YSU faculty union leaders issued a statement Wednesday voicing support for Tressel as the candidate "who will continue to build and nourish our efforts to establish an environment of trust, transparency and open collaboration."

The school's last president left after only eight months.

Tressel was forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

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