Tressel donates $125,000 to Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - The glory of a national championship hasn't made Ohio State coach Jim Tressel forget his former school.

Tressel (pictured, right) and his wife, Ellen, have pledged $125,000 to Youngstown State University toward construction of a $12 million student recreation center.

Tressel led Youngstown State's football team to four NCAA Division I-AA national championships during a 15-year career there.

Mrs. Tressel is a 1975 Youngstown State graduate.

Ohio State won its first national championship in 34 years on Friday in Tressel's second year as the Buckeyes' coach.

He is assured of making more than $800,000 this year, including almost $200,000 in bonuses, and could earn $1 million if his players reach certain academic goals.

Tressel made about $114,000 a year at Youngstown State as head football coach and athletic director.

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