Jim Tressel will face a 2-game suspension and has been fined $250,000 for a rules violation. Tressel made an agreement with himself to come back to Ohio State for the 2011 season to serve his suspension.
Back in December, Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Chris Fields, Nate Oliver, Travis Howard, Mike Adams, Jonathan Newsome, Michael Brewster and Jordan Hall were all accused of trading memorabilia for tattoos.
According to a Yahoo! investigation, Tressel “was informed that several Buckeyes players were selling memorabilia more than eight months before the school claims it was made aware of the scheme.”
Tressel received information that players were selling items to Edward Rife – the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos in Columbus – as early as April 2010, according to a source. However, neither Ohio State nor the NCAA investigated the transactions or the players’ relationship with Rife until December 2010, when the school claims it was informed of the situation by the local United States Attorney’s office.
Update: Ohio State has released the e-mails that Tressel received that tipped him off about the players and their connection with the tattoo parlor. NBC 4 in Columbus has the whole document. (h/t SbB)
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