Sunday morning WBNS-TV in Columbus reported that there may be news from the NCAA this week on its latest investigation of Jim Tressel and the Ohio State football program.
From WBNS-TV reporter Dan Fronzcak:
We may soon learn whether Ohio State’s self-imposed five game suspension for football coach Jim Tressel will stand with the NCAA.
10TV Sports has learned there could be some movement in the investigation into Tressel as early as next week, as both sides hope to resolve the issue before the start of the 2011 football season, 10TV’s Dan Fronczak reported.
During Ohio State’s spring scrimmage on Saturday, OSU athletics director Gene Smith said he could not confirm when the investigation would conclude.
“We, we being Ohio State, are not going to talk about the issue anymore,” Smith said. “When it happens, it happens.”
At a March 8 press conference, Smith confirmed in a university report to the NCAA that Tressel lied to Ohio State investigators repeatedly about the coach’s knowledge of multiple, now-confirmed NCAA violations committed by Ohio State football players. Days after that press conference, Ohio State increased Tressel’s suspension from two games to five games.
Last Tuesday OSU AD Smith admitted to Rusty Miller of the ASSOCIATED PRESS that Tressel had been ordered by the school to apologize at the initial March 8 press conference called by Ohio State to announce sanctions against the coach:
After Yahoo! Sports broke the Tressel story in March, Smith, who was about to chair the prestigious NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee, hastily called a news conference. Tressel was supposed to apologize that night, but did not.
“Then we got with him and he got better at it,” Smith said. “It’s an emotional thing.”
At that same news conference, Ohio State president Gordon Gee joked that he had not considered firing Tressel, adding, “I’m just hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”
On Tuesday, Smith said he regretted that the hurried news conference did not go better and said there were a number of things he wished he had done differently.
Smith also noted to Miller of the Associated Press that the $250,000 fine levied against Tressel will not cover the school’s investigation into the coach’s wrongdoings:
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Tuesday that the $250,000 fine levied against coach Jim Tressel for violating NCAA rules may not even cover the cost of the investigation.
“It’ll probably eat up the whole $250 (thousand),” Smith said.