It started with a tattoo. From there, it grew. It chipped down the layers, taking a coach and a quarterback. And it's just starting.
What is it? It's the NCAA investigation of the Ohio State football program under former coach Jim Tressel. That one tattoo caused Tressel to lie about it, which caused him to resign, which caused more snooping from the NCAA, which caused Terrell Pryor to quit.
Now there are all sorts of rumors floating around. Car discounts, paid autograph sessions, and numerous other things have turned the crystalline reputation of the Ohio State University a murky brown.
The NCAA doesn't look kindly on situations like this. The Buckeyes are going to get punished. It's inevitable. Here is what could happen.