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Ohio State 'categorically denies' report

Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:09 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Well, that didn't take long.

Ohio State has already responded to Friday's local television report that Jim Tressel alerted university compliance officials to a "tip" of violations in December, a month before the school claims it was alerted in its report to the NCAA. And for an official institutional statement, it does not pull its punches; the report is "categorically denied" and characterized as "unnecessarily damaging, inaccurate and entirely misleading."

The complete statement:
The university’s filings to the NCAA; Coach Tressel’s formal, written response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations on July 8; and the NCAA’s own Case Summary received yesterday on July 21 all make clear that when Coach Tressel was interviewed by a number of people within the institution on December 9 and December 16, he did not share his knowledge about the NCAA violation.

As we have previously stated to the public and the NCAA in our filings, Coach Tressel only sought advice from the University in January 2011 -- after the university had discovered e-mails that showed that he had knowledge of the matter and in contradiction to his statements to the University the previous December. That sequence of events is summarized clearly by the NCAA in its Case Summary.

The University categorically denies anything to the contrary, and such allegations are inconsistent with the conclusions of the NCAA and the University.

Any attempt to characterize events differently would be unnecessarily damaging, inaccurate and entirely misleading.
Assuming Ohio State is right and the report is wrong -- and the transcripts of Tressel's Feb. 8 statements to the NCAA would seem to clarify the matter one way or the other -- it would certainly help the Buckeyes avoid any charges of institutional wrongdoing.

And apparently, it has. More on today's developments out of Columbus forthcoming.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2011 5:57 pm

Ohio State 'categorically denies' report

I do not know when Tressel told who what, but it is pretty easy for Ohio State to say that Tressel is either misremembering (Clemens) or lying.  The whole world knows that Tressel is a liar, so that is not much of a stretch for anyone to believe.  I must say that I believe the current school officials with this incident.  I cannot believe the school would have requested that the Tat5 play in the Sugar Bowl if they had known in advance that Tressel had known for months. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 5:19 pm

More lies

Someday, maybe the NCAA will wake up and relize that the stories coming out of Columbus are enough to make the "magic bullet" theory sound plausible.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:46 pm

Ohio State 'categorically denies' report


Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:33 pm

Ohio State 'categorically denies' report

Pssst. This was in the original report about Tressel mentioning the tip..

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:33 pm

Ohio State 'categorically denies' report

Mommy and Daddy, please don't argue in public like this!

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:32 pm

Ohio State 'categorically denies' report

Man! The Ohio State is really piling on Tressel. They not only threw him under the bus; they got in it, drove back and forth over the vest and notified animal control to remove his carcass from the campus. Come on AD Smith. Tell the media some more lies that you were completely caught off guard by the revelations of impropriety going on in Columbus. Do everyone one a favor and resign bro and take E. Gordo with you. Don't worry my man. You can get a position @ some Sun Belt school.

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