When Ohio States head football coach, Jim Tressel received an email telling him that two of his players were involved in a federal drug trafficking ring and selling school memorabilia his response was “I will get on it ASAP.” These actions were a clear violation of NCAA rules.
What is even more shocking is that he failed to address the issues or mention it to the schools compliance department and athletic director. The tip sent via email was sent by someone identifying themselves as an attorney, it was received in April 02, 2010…It was no until January of 2011 that the University found out that Tressel had received the tip 9 months prior to school officials were told.
The University slapped Tressel with a $250,000 fine and has been suspended for the first 2 games of the 2011 season. He is required to make a public apology and will be reprimanded. According to sources there is an ongoing investigation by the NCAA and more sanctions may be imposed.
In a tearful statement during a press conference on Tuesday Tressel said ”Obviously I’m disappointed that this happened at all. ‘I take my responsibility for what we do at Ohio State tremendously seriously and for the game of football. I plan to grow from this. I’m sincerely saddened by the fact that I let some people down and didn’t do things as well as I possibly could have.”
”I think that your No. 1 critic is yourself, ‘You spend time thinking about how you can do things better. I don’t think less of myself at this moment. I felt at the time as if I was doing the right thing for the safety of the young people and the overall situation.”
The NCAA suspended five Buckeyes players on December 23, 2010 for the first five games in 2011 for selling school memorabilia. One of which is quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The items which included jerseys, a championship ring and trophies. All five players were allowed to play in the the Sugar bowl game against Arkansas in which Ohio State was victorious. The final score was 31-26.
Tressel is said to be the highest paid head coach in the Big Ten. He will earn $3.5 million in the next season and will recieve a 3% raise in 2012. He has a contract with the University which will end in 2013.
Tressel has lead the Buckeyes to three national championships and won the title against Miami in 2002!
He has a 94-21 coaching record and has had 9 bowl appearances!
The 2011 season Buckeye season will start games against Akron and Toledo.