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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: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

MikeD5405 is the funniest poster I have seen in my short time participating on this site.  Your use of sarcasm is perfection! 

There is no real way you could be even remotely serious.  Although, the delusion of some hardcore fans (of any team in any sport) is flippin amazing!

Tressel has a more questionable history than the US does with Native land treaties!  He left Youngstown State in a state of disarray with loss of scholarships and the usual punishments.  His BEST FRIEND was handing over thousands of dollars to what should have been a Division 1 quarterback!  This is all factual information from the trials of one Mikey Monus, who was later brought up on federal charges for bookkeeping fraud related charges. 

You cannot seriously want to just "disregard" the major violations alleged at OSU either.  Troy Smith and Maurice Clarett both had major violations for improper benefits received.  Tressel's only "oversight" is that he puts his reputation in the hands of idiots! 

Title 9 states that equal monies must go into both men's and women's sports.  Do you really want to pay Suzie Smith $150,000 a year to play volleyball at OSU too??  Yeah, I didn't think so...


THANK YOU NORSE GOD -- for crying out loud.  I couldn't lay it on any thicker than I was. yet people was still taking my posts seriously.  LMAO



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Easy Niklah -- I've debated this with the OSU fans for the last few months.  All I am doing now is repeating some of the non-sense they have stated to me.  I point out the facts to them -- In turn, they say everyone is just 'haters' and 'haters hate'  LOL  Then my personal favorite -- everyone is just jealous of OSU success.

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.

On top of all this -- it was even Tressel who made the e-mails public.  It was found BY THE COMPLIANCE DEPT at OSU, and was only found because they were building a case to get the players suspensions reduced.

OSU is in for a rude awakening -- there is ZERO chance the NCAA lets Tressel off with serving the same suspension as the players.  You could call what the athletes did, as kids being kids.  When you are the coach of a major program -- you know the rule book inside and out -- he lied to not only to OSU's AD and President, he lied multiple times to the NCAA, lied to the Big Ten Commissioner and STILL never turned over the e-mails.

The guy is a fraud, as he talks about being a christian man, as well as a man of moral and ethics.  What he did is morally and ethically wrong any way you try to twist it.  Couple that with how he left Youngstown, as well as the Troy Smith and Maurice Clarett situations -- I think it speaks volumes for what Tressel stands for.

The OSU fanbase is just as hypocritical as their coach -- They deserve each other.  They talk about running a clean program and doing things the right way -- yet when their coach blatantly breaks a major NCAA rule -- the fan base screams about his morals and ethics, instead of demanding his head.  The President is a joke -- making the statement at a national press conference that he hopes the coach who just committed a major violation, a violation SPELLED OUT IN HIS CONTRACT, that he can be immediately terminated for -- What do Gordon Gee say -- I hope Tressel doesn't fire me.  LMAO

Tressel and OSU have made a joke of themselves and deserve everything they get.  I truly hope they keep Tressel, as the next time he screws up, what the university gets from the NCAA this time, which WILL be harsh, will look like a slap on the wrist, as the NCAA will throw the book at them for keeping the clown on their staff.




Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Wow, you are an idiot!



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

MikeD5405 is the funniest poster I have seen in my short time participating on this site.  Your use of sarcasm is perfection! 

There is no real way you could be even remotely serious.  Although, the delusion of some hardcore fans (of any team in any sport) is flippin amazing!

Tressel has a more questionable history than the US does with Native land treaties!  He left Youngstown State in a state of disarray with loss of scholarships and the usual punishments.  His BEST FRIEND was handing over thousands of dollars to what should have been a Division 1 quarterback!  This is all factual information from the trials of one Mikey Monus, who was later brought up on federal charges for bookkeeping fraud related charges. 

You cannot seriously want to just "disregard" the major violations alleged at OSU either.  Troy Smith and Maurice Clarett both had major violations for improper benefits received.  Tressel's only "oversight" is that he puts his reputation in the hands of idiots! 

Title 9 states that equal monies must go into both men's and women's sports.  Do you really want to pay Suzie Smith $150,000 a year to play volleyball at OSU too??  Yeah, I didn't think so...



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

MikeD, I noticed you aren't a fan of the THE OSU on your profile, so I am taking a stab in the air here, you must be trolling.  A Detroit fan who thinks that Jim is innocent is like a Cavs fan who loves LeBron, they are non-existent.  Go troll somewhere else, leave the boards open for someone with an actual opinion of Jim and his future suspension.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

  If I was an OSU recruit I would transfer as fast as I could.  If Tressell lied what does that tell his future players, other then that he is a lier.  And shoud be treated as such.  There should be at least a bowl ban, asuming they can win 6 games with all the suspended players.  They should forfit all games played with the inelgible players, and ofcourse lose schlorships.  My guess this is only the tip of the iceberg here, other violations will be found and Osu will recieve severe punishiment for further lieing....



Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Seems that th most likley outcome will be forfiture of all games last year and Tressel being banned from coaching for one year. Possible loss of scholarships if things get worse or more daming information is uncovered. I do believe this would have been a non-story if tOSU had fired Tressel when they found out he had lie to them and the NCAA.



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Im not excusing any of the violations that OSU has committed, theyve been getting away with murder for years.

That said, how does it make sense that OSU can be in hot water over this, yet Cam Newton was paid 200K by Auburn to help them win a national championship and to date no infractions have been handed down.

The NCAA has no credibility whatsoever. I hope one day soon the NFL creates a legitimate minor league system for the Terrell Pryors and Cam Newtons of the world who want to get paid to play right out of high school. This way the NCAA can get back to what its supposed to be, amatuer athletics.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Rumor has it that conversation around the Tressel dinner table last night focused on whether he should add one verus two games to his self-imposed suspension.  That, and sanctions that would not allow his team to particpate in the Humanitarian or K-Y Jelly bowls this year.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Mike D

Your comments are so funny you must be a comedian... How can you just disregard the Smith and Clarett incidents?   YOU CANT  He also lied to the NCAA about everything last year so his boys could play in the bowl game. If the school doesnt get rid of him now then the NCAA will come down hard on them too


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