Despite the fact that his time as Ohio State’s head coach has come to an end, Jim Tressel will still be forced to dig deep into his pockets to settle his debt with the NCAA.
In a story regarding NCAA investigators leaving the Columbus school’s campus last week, OSU president E. Gordon Gee confirmed to the Associated Press that his former football coach will still be required to pay the $250,000 fine levied on him by the NCAA.
“He will pay the fine,” Gee said at an on-campus event Thursday, three days ahead of the largest commencement ceremony — nearly 9,700 diplomas will be handed out — in the school’s history.
A school spokesperson told the AP that payment details are still a work in progress.
Tressel was fined and ultimately suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for failing to, the NCAA’s April notice of allegations to the school read, “deport himself in accordance with the honesty and integrity normally associated with the conduct and administration of intercollegiate athletics and violated ethical-conduct legislation.”