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Report: Tressel let OSU know of problems in Dec.

Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:05 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you thought that you were done reading about Jim Tressel, tattoos, Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State, well, then you're incredibly naive. This is a story that won't be going away anytime soon.

The lastest in the ongoing saga at Ohio State involves when Jim Tressel let the school know about any possible issues involving his players and their love of getting tattoos in exchange for Ohio State memorabilia.

According to Ohio State, the school did not become aware of any problem until January while it was investigating an "unrelated legal matter." Well, according to a report from Ohio television station WBNS, that's not the case. The report says that Tressel told NCAA investigators he told Ohio State officials about a tip he received on the issue a month earlier in December.
Multiple sources told 10 Investigates' Paul Aker that Tressel claimed he verbally disclosed the tip he received about his players' involvement with tattoo shop owner Ed Rife around Dec. 16 to compliance director Doug Archie, Julie Vannatta, Ohio State's senior assistant general counsel, and perhaps others.

10 Investigates asked Vannatta about the claim. She said that she is aware Tressel made such a statement, but that it is not true.
What does this mean for Ohio State and the current NCAA investigation? Honestly, I'm not sure it means much. Obviously, if Tressel is telling the truth, then it's pretty clear that Ohio State has been lying to the NCAA, which wouldn't be good for the school, Gene Smith, Doug Archie or Julie Vannatta. Still, even if Tressel is telling the truth -- and I don't see why he'd have any reason to lie about it at this point -- the NCAA would still have to prove that Ohio State had been lying to them the entire time, and without concrete evidence -- like an email -- it's just a case of "he said, they said."

It could just be possible that Tressel is getting his dates mixed up. I mean, it's been reported he first found out about all of this in April of 2010, and when you sit on information for as long as he did, it's easy to forget whether you were hiding information for eight or nine months. I mean, it's not like Tressel would be the first person to get his dates and concept of time altered during this mess.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 6:34 pm

I wish the OSU haters would open their eyes...

I've been saying it for months...when the dust settles, the OSU haters are going to be sorely disappointed.

No school found quilty of infractions below the "Failure to Monitor" level has ever received bowl bans or tv bans as punishment.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 5:24 pm

I wish the NCAA nabobs would open their eyes...

The stories coming out of Columbus don't match up.  It's because they all lie so much that they don't remember which lie they tell and to whom they tell it.  I wish someone in the NCAA had at least the intellect of a first grader and could figure out that they have been fed nothing but horse pucky by THE Ohio State University since the Clarrett investigation.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:35 pm

Report: Tressel let OSU know of problems in Dec.

Oh yeah, this was in the original report and no about as old news as it gets.. Way to tell only the negative side of the story here..

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:27 pm

Report: Tressel let OSU know of problems in Dec.

Sealedfunny. They forgot the first part of the story....

The NCAA has notified Ohio State University that it will not face charges of failing to appropriately monitor its football team as part of a memorabilia-sales scandal that brought down former Coach Jim Tressel.

The NCAA has not uncovered any new, unreported violations during its investigation and agrees with Ohio State that Tressel was the only university official aware of violations by his players and that he failed to report them.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:18 pm

Report: Tressel let OSU know of problems in Dec.

No reason to lie at this point???

How about a big EFF YOU on the way out the door?

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:09 pm

Report: Tressel let OSU know of problems in Dec.

think a moment...

NCAA and tOSU were considering banning players from the Sugar Bowl game.


wouldn't take a few days to inform the NCAA and then have a ruling about whether or not they can play??


me thinks it was December...


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