A day after the NCAA's Notice of Allegations was sent to Ohio State regarding its football program, the Internet has been ablaze with talk on the status of head coach Jim Tressel.
From pundits to fans, people are debating whether the school should take more punitive action against the 10-year coach.
The facts of the case are simple. An Ohio State fan/attorney emailed Tressel to tell him that star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and several other players were selling merchandise and memorabilia to the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor. The attorney found this out because he was privy to information that a federal investigation of the tattoo parlor owner was under way, and the OSU players came up in the investigation.
Tressel emailed the man back, saying he would get on it "ASAP."
Apparently, ASAP means something totally different to Tressel. He said nothing—and never informed his superiors. He played the players in the 2010 season, which resulted in a Big Ten crown and a Sugar Bowl title. On Dec. 7, the university was notified of the potential violations. Sixteen days later, athletic director Gene Smith went public.
Still, Tressel said nothing.
Finally, on Jan. 13 of this year, while investigating whether it could appeal the suspensions of five players caught selling the memorabilia, tOSU officials found out that Tressel knew all about this last year.
In most cases, failing to inform your superiors is grounds for dismissal. The debate over whether that holds true for Tressel rages on.