Jim Tressel Suspension and 'the' Ohio State Football Scandal: Winners and Losers

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Jim Tressel Suspension and 'the' Ohio State Football Scandal: Winners and Losers
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Jim Tressel is being put in a two-game timeout.

The situation involving Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has certainly created a fallout, both good and bad.

Ohio State submitted a self-report to the NCAA that Tressel violated provisions of NCAA Bylaw 10.1 when he failed to notify the university about information received involving two football student-athletes.

The school said it became aware of the situation on Jan. 13, while reviewing information on an unrelated legal issue, that Tressel knew seven months prior to December’s public announcement that five players—including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor—were selling OSU memorabilia. The knowledge came when someone tipped the coach, via email, that some of his players' names came up in a federal investigation involving drug trafficking.

Tressel’s failure to report what he knew to his superiors—he said he was asked to keep the confidentiality of a federal investigation—is considered a major violation and the NCAA could add to the two-game suspension and $250,000 fine that Tressel received.

And, as with every situation like this, there are winners and losers.

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