Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the video statement just released by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith in the aftermath of Jim Tressel's resignation from the football program:
His three-minute statement largely focuses on the procedure of the resignation and how the administrators went about addressing the team and staff, and there's nothing particularly surprising about it; it was handled the way you'd want an athletic department to handle a sudden resignation.
What's telling, though, is Gene Smith's first mention of the NCAA investigation during the statement, starting at the 2:20 mark (emphasis ours): "As you all know, we are under NCAA investigation. We will not discuss any of the matters around that case, any further accusations that may emerge, we will do what we always do: we respond to them, we will collaborate with the NCAA, and try and find the truth." That acknowledgment that there may be "more" seems to validate Teddy Greenstein's report that the timing of Tressel's resignation is tied directly to a Sports Illustrated article on Ohio State that will be released later today.