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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: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:45 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Oh really.......Michigan has never lied or cheated buckeyes your coach's integrity has become worthless.Even if the NCAA doesnt fire him  he will resign. Jim Tressel could never go to an away game again with Ohio State because he would be booooood out of the stadium.  Your so quick to find fault with other colleges thinking your so great. What a joke your state suppported university is in a very dpressed state! you have more problem than alot of schools have.GO BLUE

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:44 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

CAN YOU SAY BRUCE PEARL...  See if OSU handles it the same way as Tennessee did.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:38 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

c'mon man the term "haters" is so 90's. get a new word. i know most of you live in ohio, but please step into the 2000's. its 2011!

haters, haters, haters, haters, haters! geez you sound like a 10 year old on the maury show!

then what is the only other defense besides "haters"?.........the SEC cheats too. or "what about auburn?".....thats like if you kill someone, then say you should let me go .....what about OJ?

and no one is jealous of ohio st. they have how many national championships in the last 30 years? it must suck to live in ohio. you have to stick by the buckeyes. theyre the only team that wins......indians? cavs? browns? bengals? i guess ohio has the REDS. but having a name like "clevelandrocks".....shou
ld be more like clevelandsucks! cleveland=the town of no championships!

PS i think mikeD is hilarious. i really enjoy his posts. he got 5 stars from me.

now all you homer ohio st fans WHO probably never attended cheaterU, go stick your heads back in the sand. we'll call you when the penalties are handed down. then we'll see who the "haters" are.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:32 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

II still Tressel better and think he is a more honorable man than Obama,look at the crimes he gets away with and he doesn't serve any penalties for his infractions....he lies to us almost everyday, should he suspended for half of his term?LaughingThis is old news my Buckeye friends,don't fret we'll be alright and keep your sense of humor with all these idiots coming after us,they don't know what it's like to be a winner on a consistent basis like THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY..I pity them. Tressel for President !

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:27 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

What bigger picture?  You guys kill me.  With all the information out there, you act like you discovered something here, when it is just nonsense.  Not that it matters, but where was it written that Tressel called the FBI?  Who told him to stay quiet?  There is absolutely no way in hell that the FBI would say something like this to anyone, much less a college football coach who has a couple of players indirectly involved in this.  Tressel had no problem telling the mentor of one of the players, but could not tell his boss?  Pure nonsense!

Their desperation is fantastic! The Buckeye brand and stock is falling faster than Bristol's panties on Free Willy night!

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:26 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Just FIRE him and let's move on!

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:22 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Could face " ."

LOFL  ....  well after all Ohio State did name themselves after a freaking NUT! Get ready for the dark ages to return to Columbus "buckeye" fans!

And before you start yeah Michigan was down for a couple of years but we NEVER lied and Cheated! Two words that will now be a big part of Ohio State football history. Yep, liars and cheaters.

And the best part? Ohid State can't even claim institutional problems within the athletic dept, these MAJOR infractions are from the coach himself.

Come to think of it, now that we know the level of that programs integrity perhaps it's time the Big Ten kick them over to the MAC until they earn the right to come back.

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:22 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

go bucks!!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:15 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

I don't give a damn about OSU but all I can say is the NCAA (National Charlatans Association of America) is so full
of s%*&! Suspended for 5 games but NOT the Sugar Bowl!!!

The discussion should end there!! Totally Bogus!!!

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:03 pm

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Pure nonsense

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