Will officials at Ohio State University now, finally, consider firing head football coach Jim Tressel?
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the school is facing severe NCAA penalties in the wake of Tattoo-Gate. The paper obtained a copy of the NCAA's "notice of allegations" given to Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, and while the school appears to have avoided the dreaded "failure to monitor" and "lack of institutional control" penalties, the NCAA nonetheless has accused Tressel of dishonesty for hiding violations by seven current and former players who sold awards and equipment to a tattoo parlor owner.
Remember, though the school itself didn’t find out about a U.S. Attorney’s office investigation of a local tattoo parlor owner and the players selling their memorabilia until December of 2010, Tressel knew about it eight months prior to that, in April of 2010, when he received an email from a Columbus attorney and Ohio State fan who was privy to information regarding the U.S. Attorney's investigation.
But Tressel did not notify the school or his boss, athletic director Gene Smith, that he knew about the investigation or the allegations.
The situation has spiraled out of control, and here are seven reasons why the university needs to fire Tressel now.