In more hot water
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a sharply worded rebuke of Ohio State’s Jim Tressel, the NCAA yesterday accused the 10-year football coach of withholding information and lying in order to keep Buckeyes who had accepted improper benefits from the owner of a tattoo parlor on the field.
In a “notice of allegations’’ sent to the school, the NCAA said the violations relating to the coach are considered “potential major violations.’’
Ohio State was not cited for the most serious of institutional breaches since Tressel hid information from his superiors for more than nine months. The university has 90 days to respond to the ruling body of college sports’ request for information before a scheduled date before the NCAA’s committee on infractions Aug. 12 in Indianapolis.
In a 13-page indictment of Tressel’s behavior, the NCAA alleged that Tressel had “permitted football student-athletes to participate in intercollegiate athletics while ineligible.’’ It also said he “failed to deport himself . . . [with] honesty and integrity’’ and said he was lying when he filled out a compliance form in September which said he had no knowledge of any NCAA violations by any of his players.
Tressel appeared at an awards banquet outside Cleveland last night. He ignored reporters’ questions about the NCAA allegations before presenting a coaching award named for his late father, Lee Tressel.
Athletic director Gene Smith said he would have “no comments until the case is resolved.’’ The university issued a statement that the allegations were consistent with what it had already self-reported to the NCAA March 8.