Jim Tressel Resigns: Associated Press Puts Together “Tressel Trouble” Timeline
Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel Resigns:
Even though Jim Tressel tried to give out a “squeaky clean” image as head coach of the Ohio State University football team, he had had his fair share of trouble with the NCAA.
The latest was obviously the player benefit scandal which caused him to resign, but the Associated Press put together a timeline of Tressel’s career problems with the NCAA.
The timeline is rather extensive and includes dates, times and quotes.
April 2, 2010, 2:32 p.m.: Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel receives an email from Columbus attorney Christopher T. Cicero, the first of 12 they exchange. Cicero, a former Ohio State walk-on player in the 1980s, says he has been told current Buckeyes players have been selling signed memorabilia to tattoo parlor owner Edward Rife, who is under federal investigation by the U.S. attorney's office. In three postscripts, Cicero also mentions Rife's criminal history and that Rife was being investigated for drug trafficking. Tressel does not tell athletic director Gene Smith, any of his superiors, the school's compliance department or legal department or the NCAA about the information. But he does forward it to Ted Sarniak, a 67-year-old businessman in Jeannette, Pa., who is quarterback Terrelle Pryor's "mentor," with a note saying, "(Cicero) has always looked out for us."
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