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After building what seemed to be a squeaky-clean program in Columbus, everything came crashing down on Jim Tressel, all over a couple of free tattoos.
Yet, as is often the case, it wasn’t the act that hurt the Buckeyes. It was the cover-up.
Even after the news broke about the free tattoos that Terrelle Pryor, Boom Herron and others received, all of those players were allowed to participate in the Sugar Bowl.
Only when an investigation revealed that Jim Tressel withheld information from the NCAA were the Buckeyes punished severely.
Tressel was dishonorably discharged from his role, but seemed willing to take a personal bullet to save the program as a whole.
However, the NCAA had other plans.
Just last month, the NCAA handed down another charge against Ohio State for failing to monitor the activities of a booster.
The Buckeyes have proactively sacrificed some scholarships, but there’s no guarantee that the NCAA hammer might not drop on OSU once again.