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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: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Old news, just report something when the whole investigation is done. 
Exactly....so, Haters Sealed



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

so he failed to deport himself huh.......... well that says it all for me!



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Once again CBS doesn't tell the public everything they just tell what they want you to know...They fail to mention that Tressel called the FBI a couple of days after the first email and told them what was going on,in turn he was told about a drug investigation and that is why he stayed silent as he was told to,Tressels mistake was not to tell Gee or Smith but he was worried about it leaking and messing up the federal investigation and endangering his players that were involved in tatoogate.The end result will not be as severe as CBS and many of you want after it all comes out in the wash  you'll find that indeed Jim Tressel was looking out for his players safety after all.There was no cheating here,he was protecting a federal investigation and his players,Jim Tressel is a good man and CBS should be ashmed of themselves for their poor reporting in this matter
Amazing how this doesn't get any press, just too easy to jump all over Buckeye nuts and fry them & not seeing the bigger picture 


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!


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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:59 pm
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Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Old news, just report something when the whole investigation is done.  




Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Slimeball Tressel will be gone
Undecided



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Jim Tressel is a good man.  He has a heart of gold, a flawless character.  Mr. Tressel is also a very well respected person in Franklin County, OH.  His local community looks up to him.  He made a mistake by not revealng all the facts.
Now that's more like it, bring the love for Tressel.....

LMAO
  Undecided



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Suckeye Fans-Delusional and Blind

Not surprised Suckeye fans ignore the truth-now will be 0-10 against the SEC bowl games-forfeit 2010 Sugar Bowl due to using illegal players and a cheating,lying coach. Enjoy probation,NO TV and NO bowls Suckeyes. You deserve it. Slimeball Tressel will be gone.



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

hey miked..so you've debated this for months with osu fans????.....you 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 then...life 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!!!



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Jim Tressel is a good man.  He has a heart of gold, a flawless character.  Mr. Tressel is also a very well respected person in Franklin County, OH.  His local community looks up to him.  He made a mistake by not revealng all the facts.  That is not lying. 

I respect Jim Tressel.

Yeah Right, SARCASM.   Go suckeyes.  


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