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College Sports, Education

Ohio State Self-Reports to NCAA Violation Involving Tressel

Ohio State University announced on March 8, 2011, the suspension of head football coach Jim Tressel for the first two games of the 2011 season after the institution filed a self-report of a major rules violation to the NCAA. Ohio State reported Tressel failed to notify the institution about information the coach obtained from an undisclosed attorney in April 2010 concerning allegations of improper benefits involving members of the football program. According to USA Today, “Tressel will miss games against Akron and Toledo and was fined $250,000 by the school. Tressel’s total compensation in 2010 was $3.89 million according to his contract”. It appears Ohio State is trying to get ahead of this situation with the hope that its self-imposed measures and penalties will mitigate any future NCAA actions. The NCAA enforcement staff will process Ohio State’s self-report and conduct its own investigation. The NCAA enforcement staff could allege Tressel failed to monitor and/or failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance (Bylaws 2.8.1 and 11.1.2.1), as well as committed unethical conduct (Bylaw 10.1).

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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