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Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: April 25, 2011 4:17 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

As Ohio State prepares for an eventual ruling from the NCAA regarding knowledge of players receiving improper benefits, college football's governing body issued the school an official "Notice of Allegations" letter on Monday.  The document detailed the potential violations committed both by the football program and individually by head coach Jim Tressel.  The Columbus Dispatch, which also received a copy of the letter, reported that Ohio State could face "the most severe NCAA penalties to its storied football program."

The official wording in the letter was that the Buckeyes, and Tressel in particular, faced charges that are being considered "potential major violations."  The 13-page document also points a very stern finger at the iconic head coach, claiming Tressel "permitted football student-athletes to participate in intercollegiate athletics while ineligible" and declaring that he "failed to deport himself ... (with) honesty and integrity".  That last "honesty" part is where things get particularly difficult for Tressel, who signed and dated a compliance form last September that acknowledged he was unaware any possible NCAA violations.  

As more details continue to be released from the NCAA investigation as well as efforts by the local media, that "honesty" bit gets tougher for Tressel.  Earlier Monday the Dispatch reported the findings from an email request that reveal much more contact between the head coach and other people involved in the accusations.  University president Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith, and most importantly Ohio State's compliance office, were not included in the series of phone calls and emails around the time of Tressel receiving the tip.

The trouble began for the Buckeyes' head coach when he received an email from a former Ohio State player and current Columbus lawyer, Christopher Cicero. Cicero informed Tressel that a Federal raid of a local tattoo parlor turned up several thousands of dollars worth of Ohio State memorabillia.  Tressel responded to the lawyer that he would "get on it ASAP," and then proceeded to contact Ted Sarniak - a local Pennsylvania businessman and advisor/mentor to Terrelle Pryor.  

The notice from the NCAA did say the case is closed against the five players who exchanged memorabillia for cash, free/discounted tattoos, and discounts/loans towards the purchase of a used vehicle. The NCAA has said that the players (Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas and Jordan Whiting) will not face further punishment. They have been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season.  However, the program could still receive punishment for fielding ineligible players, and obviously Tressel faces much more serious charges invidually.

Another thing that the letter included was a notice that Ohio State could be treated as a repeat-offender by the NCAA because of violations stemming from Troy Smith and former basketball coach Jim O'Brien.  Both instances involved improper benefits as well, however neither was damning enough to warrant severe punishment by itself.  If the Buckeyes' program is treated as a repeat offender, they could be looking at the possibility of a postseason ban or the loss of scholarships.

The one piece of good news for Ohio State fans fearful of the future is the lack of the phrase "institutional control."  Those phrases, which normally lead to violations with the harshest penalties, are designed for programs which have insufficient compliance offices.  For a program like Ohio State to get hit with such a violations would rock the college football world, but thankfully for their fans and alumni it looks like they will dodge that bullet.

READ MORE: CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd asks "What's next for Ohio State?"

Click here for the full "Notice of Allegations" from the NCAA to Ohio State President Gordon Gee [via Columbus Dispatch]

Keep it here at CBSSports.com and the Eye on College Football for more on the Ohio State investigation as it develops. 



Comments

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

It's the SEC's title to lose every year, I won't take it away from that conference... it's legit through-and-through and I love watching it. College football ultimately boils down to the SEC, Ohio State, USC, Texas, Oklahoma, (usually) Michigan, Miami (FL) and in some years Florida State, Boise State, TCU, Oregon, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Really, they could reduce it to a twenty-team league and you would represent every champion and nearly every co-champion for the last twenty years. Everything else is just tradition.



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

The Big Ten, as a whole, has a long way to go to even be in the same conversation as the SEC, or other top conferences like the Pac-10.

MikeD, I was with you until the last sentence and then your whole argument crumbled. How you lambaste the Big Ten for a lack of depth and then shore up your argument with the Pac-10 and not laugh is beyond me. I will give USC, Oregon and Jim Harbaugh their due but beyond that the rest of the Conference would be lucky to compete in the WAC. The Pac-10 is a joke, and where the Big Ten has made a move in the right direction... Nebraska, I don't think Utah and Colorado are going to bolster the Pac-10 SOS too much. Utah is a solid mid-major program, but Colorado is utterly useless. They should've poached Boise State and TCU if they were serious about expansion.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Slimeball and Slug Tressel s/b FIRED immediately. NO Excuse-quit trying to deflect the issue. Suckeyes is a school for cheaters. Forfeit all 2010 wins,give back bowl money and sanctions include NO TV and bowl games and lose scholarships.
I honestly don't know if i should be serious or just call you and inbred illigitimate child of a retarded dike. Dude ohio state has more prestige and honor in ten years than most schools have in a lifetime. They won't forfeit the wins, they won,t give back the bowl, they'll still be on tv, and they won't lose scholarships. All that will happen is the players will miss the first 5 games, and tressel will most likely be suspended for the season and pay a fine to charity. Then they'll see if ohio state blinks and fires him. Which they already said they won't. Yeah you look pretty stupid thinking that all of this will happen. You need to look past personal bias so you don't sound retarded.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Mike d,    you had better worry about your already weak secondary as another starter(your best...a 4 star ) corner is leaving for Pitt, and by the way you mentioned my screen name not someone else,and I never said to go back further..let it go ,take two aspirin,lie down,relax,take a deep breath and you'll be fine...my Dad was born in 24...what does that tell ya?



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

I'm not trying to twist words.  Someone else posted how OSU has dominated the series, not you.  I went and looked at the records to compare.

I went back 25 years and the series record is 12-12-1.

You said i needed to go back further -- so I went back another 20 years.

I went back 45 years and the series record is 22-21-2 -- OSU has won 1 more game in the past 45 years.


You want me to go back another 25 years?  I'll go back to 1940, even though my own father wasn't even born till 1948.  LOL

I went back 70 years and the series record is 33-33-4 -- 70 years and the series is a push.








Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

No Buckeye needs a reminder of the Cooper Era, MikeD. The pain of going 1-10 against Michigan is plenty clear in our collective memories; however, that has made the last decade that much sweeter. People can grumble about the records and the "cycles" all they want, but this has been a great decade for Ohio State football; one that has seen more success than any other ten year period in the history of the program, especially against our Northern rivals. 
You say, "all the past 10 years has done is make the rivalry's record a little closer." And you say that as if it means nothing, but it means everything... to both Buckeyes and Wolverines. Cycles be damned, all a Buckeye or Wolverine cares about is that one Saturday in November when records, rankings and writers become insignificant peripherals in the focus of a collective Columbus and a collective Ann Arbor. "Beat the other guy!" That's all that matters, and we've done that for seven straight years and for nine of the last ten and it feels good. What you don't realize is that there's nothing you're going to be able to say that will ever reduce that feeling for us, because we just don't care. Right now the record belongs to us because we're the most recent victors. I don't care about the past, I care about the now and in the now we have dominated them... the all-time record is second fiddle to the most recent result, but it's a great side-effect that we're closing that gap too.
No one is arguing that OSU hasn't dominated the series in the last decade.  The OSU fans who say UM is used to losing to OSU is the reason I posted the records over the last 25 years, the last 45 years and the overall record in the rivalry.

OSU has been the class of the Big Ten for the past decade -- On a side note though -- the quality of the Big Ten is what has been suffering.  UM has been a joke for the last 4 or 5 years.  Penn State's glory days are in the past.  For crying out loud -- Michigan State was co-champs and look what a 3 loss Alabama team did to them!!!!  'Bama could have won by 70 if they kept their starters in.  Iowa is all over the place.  Wisconsin is the closest thing to a consistent team other than OSU, and they lost to TCU last year.

I'm a Big Ten fan, but the elite teams and the depth of the SEC dwarfs what the Big Ten puts on the field.  I give props to OSU for beating Arkansas this past bowl season, but that was OSU's 1st win in 10 games against the SEC.  The two 'National Championship' games were a joke against the SEC.  OSU was just outclassed.

I think adding Nebraska is a step in the right direction for the Big Ten and Michigan getting rid of RichRod and the vaunted 3-3-5 defense is a step in the right direction.  The Big Ten, as a whole, has a long way to go to even be in the same conversation as the SEC, or other top conferences like the Pac-10.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

As I said Mike d OSU leads the series since the arrival of Woody Hayes,your the one who brought up michigan dominating from the beginning of time and you're right it does go in cycles.Don't twist my words,I never mentioned twenty five or even forty five years.



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

No Buckeye needs a reminder of the Cooper Era, MikeD. The pain of going 1-10 against Michigan is plenty clear in our collective memories; however, that has made the last decade that much sweeter. People can grumble about the records and the "cycles" all they want, but this has been a great decade for Ohio State football; one that has seen more success than any other ten year period in the history of the program, especially against our Northern rivals. 
You say, "all the past 10 years has done is make the rivalry's record a little closer." And you say that as if it means nothing, but it means everything... to both Buckeyes and Wolverines. Cycles be damned, all a Buckeye or Wolverine cares about is that one Saturday in November when records, rankings and writers become insignificant peripherals in the focus of a collective Columbus and a collective Ann Arbor. "Beat the other guy!" That's all that matters, and we've done that for seven straight years and for nine of the last ten and it feels good. What you don't realize is that there's nothing you're going to be able to say that will ever reduce that feeling for us, because we just don't care. Right now the record belongs to us because we're the most recent victors. I don't care about the past, I care about the now and in the now we have dominated them... the all-time record is second fiddle to the most recent result, but it's a great side-effect that we're closing that gap too.



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

It could have been executed a little better.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

I guess going back 25 years isn't enough for Buckeyezane -- How about 45 years?  OSU has 22 wins - UM has 21 wins and they tied twice.

So I guess if being tied in the last 25 years isn't enough -- how about a one game difference in the past 45 years???  Does that tell you what the series has been like?

OSU fans seem to forget -- prior to the past decade, when they went 9-1 -- UM owned OSU.  It goes in cycles.  Right now it is OSU's turn to dominate the games.  All the past 10 years has done is make the rivalry's record a little closer.


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