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Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was informed that several Buckeyes players were selling memorabilia more than eight months before the school claims it was made aware of the scheme, a two-month Yahoo! Sports investigation has found.


Tressel received information that players were selling items to Edward Rife – the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos in Columbus – as early as April 2010, according to a source. However, neither Ohio State nor the NCAA investigated the transactions or the players’ relationship with Rife until December 2010, when the school claims it was informed of the situation by the local United States Attorney’s office.


Ohio State director of compliance Doug Archie declined immediate comment when reached Monday by Yahoo! Sports. Tressel and athletic director Gene Smith were unavailable for comment. The NCAA declined comment


A federal probe into Rife revealed he was in possession of multiple pieces of Buckeyes football memorabilia that previously belonged to five players: quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, wideout DeVier Posey, defensive end Solomon Thomas and offensive lineman Mike Adams. Federal officers contacted the school Dec. 7 to determine if the goods were stolen or instead sold by the players for cash, as Rife claimed.



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Section 5.1 (m) of his contract also states that failure to promptly report “any violations” could lead to “termination by Ohio State for cause.”


Not to mention knowing about it and not reporting it is a major violation.

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If the source is proven to be true and that Tressel did indeed know about these allegations, then he has put his employer in a very difficult situation. If they have to forfeit the season and return bowl money, then imo they have no choice but to terminate his contract. Just another illustration of how much pressure there is to win at this level of college football.

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Kind of supports my belief that most coaches are aware of shady things being done by their players. I'd hate to see him lose his job over this. Especially after he guilted the 5 players into coming back to school to serve their suspension. Guess we'll see how this plays out.

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