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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 2:44 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

You missed you calling as an inept defense attorney.
Good one....I think



Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

This "new" revelation raises a question for me.  Not in defense of Tressel, but assuming his call to the FBI was accurate, -and I probably would have made that call as well.  What was he told by them?  Was their a potential conflict in their investigation that could have been compromised had he released his knowledge of the players participation?  I am not saying he was right, but if he suspended the players, or filed the report, would it have brought attention to a comparably trivial, players issue that might have clouded a much larger picture?
aimhigh

You are missing the big picture here.  Tressel released information about the case to Pryor's mentor.  He had no problem sharing information about the case with a third party. Yet, you think it may have been a potential conflict to share that information with the NCAA. By emailing Pryor's mentor, Tressel legally and morally threw out the argument that he was trying to protect the FBI's investigation. You missed you calling as an inept defense attorney.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

MikeD is being sarcastic
Really.....LMAO, I get it


Whatever......



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

And to clarify...he IS NOT, an Ohio State fan defending the school. He's pointing out the idiocy of others with sarcasm. Then again, the same people he's pointing a finger towards are too dense to realize that he's mocking them.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Oh my God, you idiots. MikeD is being sarcastic. Every single person who posted or even thought about posting something that bashes his OSU-biased statements, should immediately put your computer in the fireplace and burn it. Technology is dangerous in the hands of imbeciles. If you're not intelligent enough to catch obvious sarcasm, your opinion is less valuable than the spot of pigeon sh!t I found on my windshield this morning.




Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

The NCAA should give the suckeyes the death penalty. they deserve it.
Hater....



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:35 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 


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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:33 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Interesting.....

 my personal favorite -- everyone is just jealous of OSU success.
Really?


Tressel blatantly hid NCAA violations in april, signed the compliance letter in september, lied to OSU's president and AD in December, lied to the NCAA in December, then lied to the Big Ten Commissioner.  Each time stating he knew nothing about the violations, even defending the players and getting their suspension moved to the beginning of 2011.


What about the FED's telling him to not say anything, because of their investigation. Which in turn snowballed this mess.


The guy is a fraud, as he talks about being a christian man, as well as a man of moral and ethics
Really?

Tressel and OSU have made a joke of themselves and deserve everything they get. 
Really? This sounds like a Hater to me. But whatever...


I live in OhiO and I like the Buckeyes but, I'm not a big fan. PAC-10 man myself.

However this plays out. Tress doesn't deseved to be fired, take the punishment and move along.

There have been bigger Violations that this from other Universities with less punishment.

What is a big Joke is Cam Newton & Auburn and getting away scott free.

So, lets just jump all over tOSU nuts.....REALLY????



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:20 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.


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