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Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:48 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 8:05 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Remember last December when there was all the hullabaloo about five Ohio State Buckeyes selling memorabilia to Edward Rife, the owner of a tattoo parlor in Columbus? Remember how everyone was all up in arms about those five Buckeyes all being allowed to play against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl, and not having to begin serving their suspensions until next season?

Man, those were some crazy times. Thank goodness we don't have to deal with any of that mess anymore. Oh, wait. Yes, it appears we do. According to a Yahoo! sports report, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel knew what his players were up to in April of last year. A good eight months before Ohio State told the NCAA it knew of the situation.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was informed that several Buckeyes players were selling memorabilia more than eight months before the school claims it was made aware of the scheme, a two-month Yahoo! Sports investigation has found.
Tressel received information that players were selling items to Edward Rife – the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos in Columbus – as early as April 2010, according to a source. However, neither Ohio State nor the NCAA investigated the transactions or the players’ relationship with Rife until December 2010, when the school claims it was informed of the situation by the local United States Attorney’s office.
Ohio State director of compliance Doug Archie declined immediate comment when reached Monday by Yahoo! Sports. Tressel and athletic director Gene Smith were unavailable for comment. The NCAA declined comment.
If this is true, then both Tressel and Ohio State could be in a lot more trouble. Tressel could be charged with all sorts of violations, including unethical conduct and failure to monitor and promote an atmosphere of compliance. Just imagine the fun Michigan fans would have with that following the beating they took with the whole Rich Rodriguez investigation.

In fact, things could be so bad for Tressel if this is true, that failing to report what he knew right away could result in his termination. As is detailed in section 5.1 of his contract which says that failure to report "any violations" could lead to "termination by Ohio State for cause." There's no way to know if things will go that far.

Still, if this report turns out to be true, and the NCAA comes down hard on Ohio State -- though with the decisions the NCAA has made lately, who knows where they'll come down on this -- it's not entirely out of the question. It's going to be an interesting spring for Tressel and the Buckeyes, that's for sure.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:39 pm

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

Tatoo gate,
now the VEST knew of all this prior to. Gotta love it

Wait Jim Tressel is fondling his players, for tatoos or because of tatoos? I thought him wearing a sweater vest looked kinda gay.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:51 am

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

Nice to see you like reporting dtown.. here's some from your own backyard you might like. You guys should have known when you chose a poisonous nut for your mascot it would come back to bite ya in the asterisk. As in "2011 Sugar Bowl: Arkansas 26 Ohio State 31* Cool




Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:13 pm

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

Because college students decide to sell items that belong to them isn't Jim Tressel's fault.

you are correct, but if he knew about them selling the goods, and didnt report it, that would be his fault, and thats what is at question here, whether he knew about them doing it, then covered it up

 If Tressel knew about the selling of memorabilia,etc, and reported it to the Compliance Commitee and they didn't report it until DEC, bad on them. 

if this would have been the scenario that played out, than tressel wouldnt be getting questioned at this point, BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE REPORTED IT!!!!   which he did NOT, if he had reported it, this entire conversation would be pointless, the tattoo 5 would have probably served their 5 game suspension this past season rather than next year, because if he would have reported the violation during the spring of 2010, and it wouldnt have taken 7 months for this story to be front page news, or the NCAA to suspend the tattoo 5

from some of your comments, evidenced by the ones i copied above, im not so sure you know exactly what tressel is being accused of doing wrong, tressel is not in trouble because 5 of his players traded game memoribilia for tattoos, the players are being suspended for their actions which is punishment enough for this particular infraction, what tressel is being accused of is KNOWING about the situation when it went on back in april of 2010, and NOT reporting it, which is a much worse offense then a few players trading memoribilia for tattoos, but like ive said before, i dont believe tressel will lose his job over this, but that doesnt mean that if he is found guilty of these allegations against him, that i dont believe he should lose his job, morals and integrity should be fancied over money and bowl games, that my opinion anyway 

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 3:55 pm

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

Funny we're on a CBS web-site. Just ask Charlie Sheen. It's all about "Winning!"

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 3:36 pm

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

 But winning means money, so winning brings you protection.
That's Bi-winning! 

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 3:34 pm

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

The name of the game is always money and always will be. Such is life. Not paying college players is a form a slavery anyway. It's a rule that needs to be broken as many times as possible.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:57 pm

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

College Football is big business. The problems we see today in College Football, is the NCAA's fault. The name of the game is money, and Colleges are all competing for a share of the proverbial pie. Every team tries to gain advantages whenever/wherever they can, almost every school is guilty of some wrong doing.

That being said, this isn't the first time Tressel has been in trouble, and this won't be the first time he lies to save his hide. The Ray Isaac scandal at Youngstown St. is a prime example. Tressel arranged a meeting between Isaac and scumbag Mickey Monus (Who later served 10 years in a federal prison for embezzlement), and when the proverbial shit hit the fan (Isaac received cars and thousands of dollars from Monus), Tressel went into denial, had a hand in YSU covering up the scandal, and after some minor NCAA sanctions, he fled to OSU. And as he did with "the five" in December, Tressell disassociated himself from Ray Isaac, keeping his knowledge of the situation hushed while not supporting his star player. Its a trend that has been repeated, from Isaac to Clarett to Pryor and company. You can hardly blame this on coincidence.




OSU will not fire Tressel, they will protect him again. If he wasn't producing the results that he has been, he would be fired. But winning means money, so winning brings you protection. I'm not surprised by this new information, and people are making more of it than it is. Every college cheats, Tressel just got caught...that is all you can take from this.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:51 pm

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

My goodness. Will they give it a rest. Now, reporters are using an Ohio State scandal as a reference to never let Michigan fans forget about the Rich Rod era!! lol.

Just heard about the 7pm press conference. Good news, though. Terell Pryor says the actions in question will bring them closer to God!!

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:17 pm

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

I already stated that I suspected just as much way back when he was doing his "you better come back or else" nonsense. Jim Tritefool is a d-bag. I never understood why OS fan are so infatuated with the idiot. Such is life.

Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:14 pm

Report: Tressel knew of violations in April

You mean the Vest knew this whole time......Hilarious...No crap he knew. give me a break.  He will not be fired, but it is funny.  OSU is looking good.

Tatoo gate,
now the VEST knew of all this prior to. Gotta love it

And so is Notre Dame. 

Brian Kelly's involvement with students.  Hahahahaaa.  Good one gipper - looking good also.

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