OSU fines, suspends Tressel after probe

March 8, 2011 at 7:51 PM
| License Photo

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 8 (UPI) -- Ohio State University said Tuesday it has fined head football Coach Jim Tressel and suspended him for two games for alleged NCAA violations.

OSU said it made the moves after it had investigated allegations that Tressel knew of a banned financial relationship between six of his players and a Columbus, Ohio, tattoo parlor, but failed to report it.

The coach was suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season and fined $250,000.

Investigators said an e-mail written by Tressel showed he was aware of a deal between the players and Edward Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos, to trade championship rings, jerseys and awards for cash and discounted tattoos.

The violations are serious and could result in harsher penalties from the NCAA, SI.com reported. For instance, Tressel could be charged with "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance" and "failure to monitor" for not reporting what he knew to be infractions.

The penalties could include the forfeiture of all 12 of Ohio State's 2010 wins.

Related UPI Stories
Topics: Jim Tressel
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall