CANTON, Ohio, March 14 (UPI) -- Ohio State head football Coach Jim Tressel apologized Monday for violating NCAA rules, in his first public appearance since being disciplined in the matter.
Tressel, speaking during his annual appearance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club in Canton, Ohio, said he was sorry he had covered up knowledge of improper benefits received by six of his players, The Akron Beacon Journal reported.
"I sincerely apologize for what we've been through in this recent time," Tressel said. "I apologize for the fact I that wasn't able to find the ones to partner with, perhaps handle our difficult and complex situation."
OSU recommended that Tressel be suspended for two games and be fined $250,000 after the investigation determined he failed to act after he was made aware the players were trading team memorabilia for cash and free tattoos.
The Beacon Journal reported the coach apologized "because I'm going to have some sanctions and that's the way it is, and as it should be."