How the Mighty Have Fallen: Ohio State's Jim Tressel Suspended and Fined $250K

Mark GainesCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes screams as Gatorade is dumped on him after the Buckeyes 31-26 victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jim Tressel was once known as one of the cleanest and classiest coaches in College Football. The latest news and investigations wipe that off his resume.

Ohio State has fined football coach Jim Tressel $250,000 and recommended he be suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season for failing to notify the school of NCAA violations involving Ohio State football players and a local tattoo parlor.

Tressel has gone 106-22 and won a national title and seven Big Ten titles at Ohio State. Tressel's contract, signed in 2005 and extended through 2014, clearly states his responsibility for reporting violations of NCAA rules. According to the contract, Tressel must "supervise and take appropriate steps to ensure that assistant coaches, any other employees for whom Coach is administratively responsible and the members of the Team know, recognize and comply with all such laws, policies, rules and regulations..."

With this information today, it is now known that Jim Tressel knew about the violations, but didn't report them. One must agree it was because of the upcoming bowl Ohio State was slated to play in and he knew he needed a win and couldn't risk five suspended players.

His reputation has taken a major hit, will his rebound year be enough to save him? This sports loving fan doesn't think so. We may see a new face on the sidelines at college football's "cleanest and classiest" program.