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Ohio State hit with ‘notice of allegations’ by NCAA

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The saga that is the Ohio State football program continues Monday morning, with word that the NCAA has sent a “notice of allegations” to president E. Gordon Gee.

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the NCAA sent the notice Friday, and in it charges that head coach Jim Tressel is “guilty of ethical misconduct when he knowingly provided false information to the NCAA in certifying that he knew of no potential violations by his players and failed to inform OSU officials.”  That charge stems from Tressel signing an NCAA Certificate of Compliance form last September, which states that he had reported any known violations; the previous April, Tressel had been informed via email that at least two of his players had likely received impermissible benefits.

Tressel did not disclose that information to the university, and did not acknowledge knowing of the potential violations until confronted with emails discovered this past January.

“It was reported that Jim Tressel, head football coach, failed to deport himself in accordance with the honesty and integrity normally associated with the conduct and administration of intercollegiate athletics and violated ethical-conduct legislation,” the notice read.

As for what type of punishment the school could be facing, the paper writes that Ohio State “is potentially facing the most severe NCAA penalties to its storied football program”.  Those sanctions could include loss of scholarships, a bowl ban and/or stripping of all 2010 wins.  The latter penalty would be for using ineligible players for the entire regular season.  The Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas would likely stand, however, as the NCAA had already restored the eligibility of the five players it had found guilty of receiving impermissible benefits.

The Buckeye Five, which includes quarterback Terrelle Pryor, will be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, and there will be no additional sanctions against the players, the NCAA wrote in their notice to the school.

While OSU was not cited for “failure to monitor” or “failure of institutional control”, the NCAA warned in the notice of allegations that they may consider Ohio State a repeat offender.  That finding would be based on former OSU quarterback Troy Smith taking $500 from a booster as well as former men’s basketball head coach Jim O’Brien giving $6,000 to a recruit.

In addition to the bowl ban and scholarship loss, the Dispatch reports that the entire coaching staff could be suspended if OSU is found to be repeat offenders.

Ohio State is scheduled to appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions Aug. 12, and the final decision on what sanctions, if any, above Tressel’s five-game suspension and $250,000 fine will be levied will likely come down somewhere around the midpoint of the 2011 season.

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  1. neyvit says: Apr 25, 2011 11:00 AM

    Good news for OSU: no death-penalty via failure to monitor/lack of institutional control.

    Bad news for OSU: Will likely be considered a repeat offense and therefore will have stiffer penalties.

  2. olskool711 says: Apr 25, 2011 11:21 AM

    “Ohio State hit with ‘notice of allegations’ by NCAA”

    The sun is up.

    Gas prices are up.

    Pope is Catholic.

  3. jaggedmark says: Apr 25, 2011 11:27 AM

    I’m sure Tressel will be able to offer a better explanation. He just needs more time to think of one.

  4. gatorprof says: Apr 25, 2011 11:36 AM

    Time for a house cleaning.

  5. gamecockinfl says: Apr 25, 2011 12:09 PM

    Tressel needs to put on his summer vest, walk right in to that hearing and ask “don’t you know who I am?” That would typify OSU’s fans feelings over the years.

  6. dkhhuey says: Apr 25, 2011 12:23 PM

    All the drama – yes, we all know Tressel f@#$ed up and lied about it. Thanks for the putting on the NCAA official letterhead for the visual impact. We all know the hammer is coming down hard on OSU so lets just get it done so we can all move along.

  7. rowbear says: Apr 25, 2011 12:37 PM

    As a long time Buckeye fan, I thought the penalties, when this was first discovered, would have been more harsh. It was hard for me to say Tressel should go, but if it had been any other coach, at any other school, I wouldn’t have hesitated. As much as it pains me, Tressel should be let go and if that’s the case, do it now so whoever takes over has at least some time to get going as they will already be behind the 8 ball.

    I would say forfeit the wins for 2010. The only thing that affects is the Big Ten title. They would get to keep the Sugar Bowl win and not return that money. Dink them some scholarships as well and let’s move on.

  8. rjsjr says: Apr 25, 2011 1:03 PM

    This is merely a formality everyone knew was coming. Forfeit the 2010 season, suspend Tressel for all of the 2011 season, swipe a few scholarships and wait for the next controversy to hit.

  9. blitz4848 says: Apr 25, 2011 1:15 PM

    Like it or not OSU would be looked at in a much more favorable light by the NCAA if Tressel fell on his sword and resigned.

  10. blitz4848 says: Apr 25, 2011 1:23 PM

    How would it be logical that OSU forfeits all 2010 games, thus being 0-12, but yet an 0-12 team keeps the Sugar Bowl victory and the $$$?

    Never mind, the logic is there…’s the “NCAA!”

  11. huskerguy says: Apr 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    My question is this about keeping the Sugar Bowl victory:

    If those games before the Sugar Bowl are vacated due to eligibility concerns (or lack thereof) then how can they be deemed eligible for the Bowl game if HE LIED? That should kill their eligibility as well, right?

  12. razfan74 says: Apr 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    so…as a Razorback fan I have to say, ‘we were beaten by an 0-12 team’?

  13. dexterismyhero says: Apr 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    Make the players get a “Little Red Vest” tatoo along with Little sisters of the Poor E. Gordon Gee.

  14. scardino says: Apr 25, 2011 2:08 PM

    I like this part:
    “…Jim Tressel, head football coach, failed to deport himself in accordance…”

    Best self-imposed penalty ever: Deportation.

  15. dmc64 says: Apr 25, 2011 2:44 PM

    Tressel is as phony as a $3 Bill; the AD is morally bankrupt, and Goofy Gordon Gee is as a buffoon.
    All hail the scarlet and gray or whatever the Columbus toadies hail.

  16. thefiesty1 says: Apr 25, 2011 3:06 PM

    Tressel, Gee both need to leave now and never be heard from again. Cheaters never win! A clean house at THE Ohio state will recover after the NCAA forfeits last season and will be easier on the penalties with them both gone.

    I hope the NCAA doesn’t wait two years before making a decision. Do it now, so the “suffering” can end.

  17. bigdawgy54 says: Apr 25, 2011 3:29 PM

    Jim Tressel needs to resign before the sun goes down today. Besides lying verbally Tressel put his signature to paper knowing he was committing an outright lie to the NCAA.
    Ohio State’s integrity is being impugned by what Tressel has done. He must do the right thing and resign. Gee must do the right thing to protect Ohio State’s moral code of truth. The veracity of what comes forth from Tressel now cannot be believed.
    This is not one lie. It’s a circle of lies. Tressel sacked his own integrity. It’s time to leave the game at Ohio State….permanently. NOW!

  18. florida727 says: Apr 25, 2011 3:37 PM

    I’m NOT an Ohio State fan, but this is beginning to sicken me. The violations did NOT give the Buckeyes a competitive edge. Was Tressel wrong for lying about it and/or covering it up? Sure he was. To which I respond: so what? Investigate the NCAA brass and see what you turn up. I’m guessing they’ve got a skeleton or eight in their closet too. What this boils down to is the NCAA has a chance to slap a major university with a penalty and they’re going to try and show how authoritative they are. Sorry, boys, no matter what you do to OSU, you’re a worthless, self-serving gang that’ll be out of business soon enough. The schools don’t need you. Think BcS.

  19. Deb says: Apr 25, 2011 3:38 PM

    OSU fans are taking this too well.

    After all this time, these twits announce Tressel failed to report the infraction and wasn’t honest on his compliance form. The man admitted that weeks ago! And now the entire program has to wait until August for a final verdict??

    Repeat offender? So they might suspend the entire coaching staff in part because a former basketball coach paid a recruit? Seriously? How can they punish those men and their families with no evidence they knew of Tressel’s actions? And by waiting until August, that’s a de facto Death Penalty because it would kill the Buckeyes 2011 season. August?? They’re going to make the kids on that team–who had nothing to do with any of this wait practically until opening kickoff to settle this mess?

    This is just wrong.

  20. lbijake says: Apr 25, 2011 3:41 PM

    Memo to E Gordon Gecko

    We at the Little Sisters of the Poor would never condone such behavior. Boolah!!

  21. edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says: Apr 25, 2011 4:11 PM

    ibijake, that is depressing that your coach doesnt care about his players enough to cover up for them and not let them get into trouble.

    say what you want, but a coach that covers up for a player seems to be a better man than someone who would sell a kid out to the NCAA as quick as he can

    I am sorry that your little sisters of the poor school has a coach that could care less about their players. hopefully you will get a new coach who cares about players

  22. danderoo says: Apr 25, 2011 4:36 PM

    Tressel is the Teflon coach. Nothing serious is going to stick on him because he is a winning coach at a powerhouse fb school. Sanctions are for the little guys, not for the icons.

  23. dkhhuey says: Apr 25, 2011 4:38 PM


    There is no sense arguing about something you cannot control. As soon as Tressel decided to violate NCAA rules, the university lost control of their own destiny. I have no clue where the NCAA will fall in their rulings but personally, my guess is incredibly hard – more out of fear of a huge backlash if they don’t appear to be pounding on OSU, regardless if the sentence fits the crime.

    If you look at what would have happened had Tressel made this public from the get go, in all honesty, the kids would have gotten a 2 – 3 game suspension. Again, you can argue whether the NCAA would have hammered them for 5 games without the Tressel lying indecent being a factor. If you say three games would have been fair at that time, the only outcome that would have been impacted by that would have been the Miami game. We can debate at nausea whether OSU would have won that game or not without the Tat5 but it is a moot point. I guess my question to the NCAA would be – if you are going to throw out the entire 2010 season to penalize Tressel and the Tat5 for their stupidity, wouldn’t that now call for them to say the Tat5 are eligible to start the season? Just posing the question!

  24. Deb says: Apr 25, 2011 5:36 PM

    @dkhhuey …

    I’m not arguing because that’s interactive and the NCAA isn’t here to argue back. I’m protesting. And if none of us were going to come here to comment on and protest about things we can’t control, John could just shut down the blog.

    Tressel did something wrong–I’m not suggesting he didn’t. I have no doubt the man would give anything now if he’d reported the infraction (stupid as it was) as soon as he became aware of it. Yes, of course it would have gone much easier if those players had simply served a suspension last season. I’m a Steelers fan. We lost our starting QB for the first four games of the season, but then it was over and we wound up winning the AFC Championship. That was a much better outcome than having the thing dragged out.

    But none of that has anything to do with the point I’m making … which is that the NCAA has known for weeks what Tressel did. They have no reason to wait until August to pass sentence. This isn’t just about Jim Tressel and the five players involved. It’s also about a team of players who had nothing to do with any of this. Some of those players will be seniors and have a right to know if any punishment will affect their visibility to NFL scouts.

    More important, so far I’ve heard no evidence that Tressel’s staff was aware of this. To suggest suspending those men and leaving them and their families without livelihoods because some previous basketball coach also committed an infraction is obscene. And I’ll complain about it if I want.

  25. dkhhuey says: Apr 25, 2011 6:01 PM


    I certainly wasn’t aiming anything at you – I was strictly responding to your comment: OSU fans are taking this too well. I was merely trying to say I don’t possess the desire or energy to argue what/how the NCAA chooses to respond since it was Tressel and the Tat5 who dropped this bag of doo on the university’s doorstep.

    I totally agree though that it is really not necessary to wait until August to drop the hammer. They already know what it is going to be!! I think its absurd to drag this out as well. Just rip the bandage off and move on!

  26. rob57 says: Apr 25, 2011 7:03 PM

    Until the NCAA drops the hammer on Auburn’s institutionalized pay for play football program, it will have zero credibility. The NCAA continues to sledge hammer moving violations, while other programs get away with murder.

  27. WingT says: Apr 25, 2011 7:12 PM

    I personally am glad that the NCAA is taking its’ time to hand down final sanctions to OSU – especially due to the fact that there are self imposed sanctions by OSU that will be observed.

    The big thing that bothers me most about the OSU troubles is that Gee nor the AD is taking a leadership role in this debacle – just what is their position on this matter?

  28. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 25, 2011 7:12 PM

    edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl :

    The WEIRDO and his pathetic obsession with a school that employs liars, cheaters, and pays for athletes is still hopelessly an outcast.

    OSU – The “pay for play” and “lie and deny” school. Where the athletes are slow, but the fans are even slower.
    Where weird, low self esteem, loners such as above, whose only existence in life revolves around a school that they can never get into, can never play for, which is sad since even loil yellow bus passengers can get into the states biggest community college posing as a university.

  29. uscmike says: Apr 25, 2011 7:46 PM

    Unfortunately, you OSU fans find yourself in a similar situation as USC…..and don’t think that the USC appeal ruling is not going to influence the sanctions that finally hit OSU.

    Should the NCAA rulings be reduced against USC, I would imagine that OSU would face nothing more then what was self imposed.

    However, if USC does not have the sanctions reduced, OSU should expect heavier penalties.

    Unfortunately, the best thing would be to change the coach and AD. Had USC done that when the Bush issue 1st happened, I don’t believe the sanctions would have been anywhere as harsh.

    So OSU . . . don’t repeat USC’s mistakes….

  30. dkhhuey says: Apr 25, 2011 8:00 PM

    @imtalking – whatever.

    @usc – I think the sanctions will be heavy as well but that will depend on how they’re feeling that day. I don’t think it has anything to do with USC though since they are completely different sets of circumstances.

  31. edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says: Apr 25, 2011 8:24 PM

    haha iamtalking spelled loyal as loil

    are you sure you arent a fan of an SEC school

  32. mrcowpatty says: Apr 25, 2011 8:31 PM

    Look at the bright side, Ohio State will NOT be playing in the National Championship game.

  33. southyank7 says: Apr 25, 2011 9:12 PM

    lets see the NCAA give more then a slap on the wrist , cause god knows, OSU won’t do a darn thing to tressel… college atheletics are PHONY…full of political BS, & a big fat FRUAD

  34. Deb says: Apr 25, 2011 9:32 PM

    @dkhhuey …

    Gotcha :) By waiting ’til August, they don’t care if they destroy the season for the innocent as well as the guilty. That’s why I’ve always hated those arrogant jerks.

    @WingT & southyank7 …

    Personally, WingT, I think it’s in OSU’s best interest if Gee just keeps quiet in matters pertaining to football 😉 But OSU suspended Tressel for five games and fined him a quarter of a million dollars. Seems to me that they did respond. Do you think they should now go back and fire the guy? If the NCAA wants that, they should have had the stones to just make that their punishment instead of telling us what he’s already copped to, then saying everyone can wait until August for their grand proclamation of sentence.

    @rob57 …

    Amen. And amen again.

    @buckeyeboy …

    iamtalking isn’t not an SEC fan. He posts the same garbage about the SEC. He’s just a nut who likes to rile up football fans.

  35. ernestbynershands says: Apr 25, 2011 10:36 PM

    Get rid of Tressel. Hire Meyer?
    Get rid of one coach with a history of player issues: t smith, clarrett, the current 5 bozos.
    And hire another coach with a history of player issues: cam newton, the 5 potheads this week, and the several others I’m missing.
    Every bigtime program in every bigtime conference cheats every year.
    Just some cheat better than others.

  36. dkhhuey says: Apr 26, 2011 1:48 AM


    Truthfully – my season is already ruined. If if they manage to win most of the games, there will be no end to the ‘dead horse’ beating this story will get by the likes of ESPN… it is going to be a long season. My expectations are set at just plain ugly. I’ll be pleasantly surprised with anything else!!!!

  37. ihateannouncers says: Apr 26, 2011 3:04 AM

    Maybe the NCAA is giving TOSU time to either fire Tressel or let him resign. I can’t think of any other valid reason why they would need until August to announce the punishment.

  38. WingT says: Apr 26, 2011 8:31 AM

    Well I guess you are right that GEE and the AD already made their statement in regards to Tressell – a very weak and lame punishment IMO.

    I have no axe to grind in regards to the way the NCAA is handling this – they are consistent. It seems that you and most everybody else around here wants to shoot the messenger ( NCAA)

  39. buckeye2280 says: Apr 26, 2011 12:58 PM

    To those that don’t know the difference between forfeit and Vacate let me explain. tOSU is not going to forfeit the 2010 season. They will vacate it. That means that all there wins are gone. They don’t turn into a loss they just disapear. The other teams on there schedule do not get wins they still get the loss or if your Wisc a win. Thats all it means. We vacate our 2010 season outside of the bowl game. So in technical terms we actually went 1-0 in 2010. An undefeated Season. Hells yeah.. lol.

  40. dickroy says: Apr 26, 2011 3:17 PM

    Was not Tressels original suspension handed down by OSU for only three games? The three puff balls they always start out with.

  41. Deb says: Apr 26, 2011 3:43 PM

    @dkhhuey …

    Guess it’s best to set expectations low in circumstances like this. Things can only get better. That’s how I felt last year with Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension. We wound up in the Super Bowl. You never know :)

    @WingT …

    Oh, honey, I’ve wanted to shoot the NCAA for as long as I can remember. Certainly since the Stallings era 😉

  42. edgy says: Apr 26, 2011 4:42 PM

    Remember when I was savaged for stating all of this? Look, it’s not about hating on Ohio State but looking at the facts of the matter and Tressel put his record above the good of the school and he’s going to pay dearly for it, as will the school, which didn’t do itself any favors with their initial “punishment.” The SEC recognized that with the Pearl situation and tried to help the school out by giving him a far more severe punishment but I believe that the Volunteers are still going to get a little extra because the conference was forced into putting the situation into perspective for them. Ohio State should have come down harder on Tressel and more importantly, if his punishment really does include allowed contact with the team except on Saturdays, the NCAA is going to slap them even harder. I know that the mindset of some is to let the NCAA do it because they’re the bad guys and the fans will rally around the school but is it really worth the extra punishment to make the NCAA the target of their disdain?

    One last thing: there could be a loss of money from the Sugar Bowl because a vacated Big 10 title means that they wouldn’t have been eligible for the bowl. They may get to keep them win but I think that they will face giving back the money, like USC had to do. Just a thought.

  43. whatswiththehate says: Apr 26, 2011 6:34 PM

    rob57 says:
    Apr 25, 2011 7:03 PM
    Until the NCAA drops the hammer on Auburn’s institutionalized pay for play football program, it will have zero credibility. The NCAA continues to sledge hammer moving violations, while other programs get away with murder.
    Maybe you need to show some proof of what you’re saying..

    It’s funny how those who attend schools that get in trouble on a regular basis are always accsuing other schools of what they are guilty of.

    I said before and I’ll say it again, this attack on Auburn is nothing more than bitter school rivalry.

    It’s clear by how the media,, especially ESPN, quickly jumped on Auburn, the step-child of the SEC, and accused them of paying for Cam without proof. Yet they simply took coach Tessler’s word for it in the situation of those 5 athletes.

    What ESPN and these sports media folks have shown is, if you’re a top rated school, they’re more than happy to look the other way and never make a mockery out of you, but if you’re considered a second rate school, you are guilty of all charges regardless of facts or proof. See, money does talk.

    You really want the world to believe that the NCAA is protecting Auburn while going after much bigger and popular schools with money…OKAY..

  44. dkhhuey says: Apr 27, 2011 2:51 PM

    edgy -the Donald Trump of CFT! One bright note, since you’re too busy slappin yourself on the back for some supposed triumph, we all at least know that you’re not slappin something else – given that you are a lonely, bitter, angry old man.

  45. edgy says: Apr 28, 2011 2:55 PM

    Nice Try, Baby Huey. If you’re going to actually try to be smart, you might try to actually be relevant. Trump was being a full on birther AND his accusations were put to bed by Obama releasing his birth certificate and proving — but probably not to the biggest tin foilers — that he WAS born in the US. On the other hand, I was saying much of what’s being said NOW about what was going to happen and the Suckeye Nation took me to task and called me a hater for saying the truth (Much like Trojan Nation called me a traitor for pushing for harsh penalties for them to put the fear of God into them AND the rest of the NCAA).

    It’s funny how you guys call me bitter and an Ohio State hater but really, I nothing you. I think that you guys are the bitter ones because you can’t deal with being as fallible as the rest of the NCAA and you can’t stick your ass in the air, anymore when you see an SEC story about cheating (but I’m going to bet that you will).

  46. edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says: Apr 28, 2011 6:15 PM

    edgy, did they applesauce run out today, is that why you are so whinny

    we should all thank the wise dic*head for his wisdom

    because it doesnt take an idiot to make a prediction, then if its

    a.) wrong, say nothing about it
    b.) gloat like you are the prophet we have all been missing,

    my prediction–edgy will rant, cry, complain, and be obsessed over me being a young child in his next post

    “baby huey” says edgy

    i mean come on dude, my name even is correct

  47. dkhhuey says: Apr 28, 2011 8:40 PM

    edgy – you’re projecting. I only called you a bitter, lonely, angry old man. I said nothing about the Buckeyes, and yet, you seem to work that in anyway. I bet you secretly have a Tressel Sweater Vest that you sleep in!

  48. edgy says: Apr 29, 2011 1:09 PM

    Yeah, right, Baby Huey. I guess it’s just mere coincidence that if I so much as use the word “Buckeye” that you and your girlfriend, BEG, call me a bitter old man. Give it up, you’re just pissed that the Suckeye Nation has to come off its moral high horse because the coach turned out to be just like the rest of them….

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