In a letter dated April 21, 2011, Ohio State University received a notice of allegations from the NCAA enforcement staff concerning the alleged NCAA rules-violations involving head football coach Jim Tressel and several football student-athletes. The notice of allegations alleges, in part:
1. Between November 2008 and May 2010, several football student-athletes received preferential treatment from and sold institutionally issued athletics awards, apparel and/or equipment to an owner of a local tattoo parlor–which is a violation of NCAA Bylaws 220.127.116.11.6, 14.11.1, 16.1.4 and 18.104.22.168.
2. Tressel committed unethical conduct in failing to report the alleged NCAA rules-violations when he learned of them in an April 2010 e-mail–which is a violation of NCAA Bylaw 10.1.
Interestingly, the NCAA did not include a failure to monitor (Bylaw 22.214.171.124) allegation against Tressel. This is good news for Tressel and Ohio State.
We will have more analysis on the Ohio State notice of allegations later this week.