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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:'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 and the Eye on College Football for more on the Ohio State investigation as it develops. 


Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:14 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

hey you've debated this for months with osu fans???? might want to back off big boy and get something else going in your life.

ohio state will survive and so will tressel. we like him and still will continue to like him. poor judgement, you bet but he had nothing to do with troy smith accepting $500 from a booster and all he did with clarret was continue to stick by him. most of what clarret did wrong was after he left the program and now he's turning into a pretty decent story because tressel didn't turn his back on him.

miked..i think you've got all the answers and i'm sure the NCAA would benfit from your grat wisdom...stay close to the phone because i'll be they call you. until goes on and tressel is still in charge...the next one that exits from ohio state will be gene smith, not tressel. deal with it!!!
What am I missing?  This is a chat board, right?  It takes all of 5 minutes to type a response if you actually know how to type.  I'd say I have plenty of time to do other things in my life.  LOL

And no one is saying OSU isn't going to survive -- it is not like they pulled a SMU and bought a team.  OSU's problem isn't the players who sold their gear -- though it shows alot about the character of the players -- You can write that off as making a dumb mistake, as these players are still kids.

The problem is -- The person paid millions to keep control of the program -- Tressel, KNOWINGLY let players who committed NCAA violations participate in the 2010 season.  Then KNOWINGLY lied to not only OSU's AD, President and Compliance Dept, but all to the NCAA (multiple times) and the big ten commissioner.  His biggest mistake isn't hiding the violations in April, it was signing the compliance letter stating he knew of no wrong doing in the program.  I'll give you a hint -- AJ Green -- who is twice the player that any of the Buckeyes are, was JUST given a 4 game suspension for doing the SAME THING.  Tressel KNEW what was going to happen to the players if he reported the violations.  The NCAA isn't out to get OSU -- they hand out the same penalty to any player who did what the tattoo did.

If the Buckeye fans would be straight forward with this and admit they really could care less if Tressel lied as long as he fields a winning team -- I'd say I completely understand.  Instead, they have come on this board arguing about the morals and ethics of Tressel.  Argue how he is a christian man and would never do anything as shortsighted as lie to the NCAA for the teams own good.  Argue Tressel kept the e-mail and the violations to himself because he was 'looking out for the well being of the players'  Argue everyone is just haters because OSU is successful.  As has been posted -- I didn't even know people used the word 'haters' anymore.  LOL

Fact is -- if OSU hadn't dominated the big ten since Tressel took over -- OSU fans would be throwing him under the bus right now, not just fans, but the President as well.  27 coaches have knowingly signed a compliance letter when the program had violations -- 26 have been fired or resigned.  Instead -- OSU are making Tressel out to be a martyr because OSU has beat up on a pathetic Big Ten conference for the last few years.

The only people who believe the excuses from OSU is the OSU fans.  The rest of the NCAA football fans use those excuses as comedy relief, as they can't believe how the OSU fans believe any of it.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:14 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

LOL Tressel Lied and the Buckeyes Died!  Now, they're going to take it up the whahoooooo.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:13 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

cleaves2000....just so you know,Cleveland is third in pro football championships even if none have come as of late but you being a Detroit fan don't have a whole lot of room to talk,and your Spartans...well they speak for themselves.let us not pass judgement yet on Tressel,when all is said and done then maybe you can slam the Bucks and him but I think there is more to this story and don't take CBS as the gospel in this ongoing investigation,Tressel will have his chance at the hearings in Indy in Aug. to tell why he did what he did....until then let it rest and don't let these writers from all the media get you in a frenzy,they only know what they're told so take it for what's it worth.Doyel or Dodd said several weeks ago on this site that Tressel had coached his last game at they report different...? Allegations doesn't mean your guilty.

Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:08 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Ohio State will be fine no matter the outcome.  People thought the same thing when Woody was axed. That usually is the case when your recruiting class is constantly in the top 5 in the country year in year out. People who honestly think The Bucks will miss a beat are, ignorant, jealous, or from michigan.  Actually they all fall in the same category. Hang in there Vest and GOBUCKS.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:07 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

The 5 game suspensions are a joke -Anything short of a 2 year Bowl ban and some scholarship reductions ,would be unacceptable.With OSU's typical soft schedule, they could win their first 5 games even without the suspended players.It would be a travesity if these cheating d-bags were allowed to play for a NChampionship.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:07 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Amazing how you could get a coach no a days to sign anything with the word honesty written right there so they could read it.  So he's going to get hit hard, the school takes a major shot and lets see the players involved get a 5 game suspension.  So the ones that actually benefited from this misgiving get there hands slapped while the school and coach get it hard.  Did no one in the NCAA ever raise kids before?  How do you punish your kids?  If your son kicks your cat does your daughter get sent to her room?  If your wife gets caught cheating on you do you take the kids car away.  Ban the players for the year, fire the Coacha nd the AD if he's involved and ban the school from post season play for two years.  If nothing else it'll be a "Holy Crap Message' for the rest of the NCAA, and may even get you a bit of rspect in the mean time.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:01 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"


Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:59 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Tressel is the man. He never lied. His image is crystal & pure.  Can't be touched, smeared or shattered.  

THE MAN JUST FORGOT.   Let's give him a pass.

What say you all ?      


Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:57 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

.......Michigan has never lied or cheated

Well ScUM has never been cited for cheating, does not mean they never did.  And I can give a rats azz about ScUM and what they do other than lost to tOSU which they are so good at.  sporthc tOSU will get their penaly they deserve for this incident and we will continue whooping on ScUM regardless of who is at the helm.  How will that feel, if we have an interim coach and you still lose to the best damn team in the land?  It will feel like the last six years that is how.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:56 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

What about the FED's telling him to not say anything, because of their investigation. Which in turn snowballed this mess.
I must have missed Tressel's correspondence with THE fed's.  Was that another e-mail Tressel hid from OSU and THE NCAA.  You do realize THE federal investigation was compromised as soon as they raided THE tatto shop and THE owner's home.  THE battering ram and THE flash grenades gave up THE feds cover.  LOL  Why would THE fed's give a rat's ass about Tressel and OSU's tattoo five?!?!?!

THE only person who wanted Tressel to be quiet is the lawyer who passed along information regarding THE raid.  Tressel was so worried about keeping it a secret that he e-mailed THE 67 year old "mentor" for Terrell Pryor.  LMAO

You cannot be this dumb.

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