In a story so Earth shattering and news breaking that merely uttering it has left an incurable stain upon my psyche, the NCAA has sent a notice of allegations to Ohio State university stating that (gasp) football coach Jim Tressel was not honest after discovering his players were selling autographs, uniforms, championship rings and other memorabilia for money and tattoos.
Wait, you mean, Jim Tressel actually withheld information about his players wrongdoings?!?! That's horrible and unquestionably immoral! Oh, and it was reported months ago as well.
The more serious aspect of the notice sent to Ohio State by the crack investigative team within the NCAA is that this would be considered the schools second violation. As well as the reports of Tressel “falsely attesting” that he admitted all NCAA violations to the school, the notice also cites previous violations involving former quarterback Troy Smith, who received $500 from a booster and former men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien, who gave $6,000 to a recruit.
"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 13-page NCAA document says.
A second offense is serious business for the NCAA and could mean postseason levies, coaching-staff suspensions and a loss of scholarships for Ohio State. On a positive note however, there was no mention of a "failure to monitor" or "failure of institutional control," the most serious violations that historically have resulted in the worst penalties for programs, in the notice.
Ohio State, for there part, is doing the only thing they can do, which is cooperate fully. Whether or not the NCAA brings the hammer down on the Buckeyes is yet to be seen. They have taken some preventative measures, preemptively fining Tressel $250,000 and suspending him 2 games (which Tressel increased to 5) but further restrictions could be forthcoming.
"The university will continue to work cooperatively with the NCAA during the response phase to the NCAA that now begins, and will have no further comment until the process is completed," the school statement said Monday.
Ohio State must go before the NCAA's committee on infractions Aug. 12.