Tressel's resignation a reminder
posted Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 @ 12:52 pm
Jim Tressel's resignation Monday as head football coach at Ohio State was a stark reminder that college football is out of control.
Tressel got into hot water at Ohio State when it was learned last year that five of his players – including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor – received cash and discounted tattoos from the owner of a tattoo parlor who was being investigated by the federal government in a drug-trafficking case. When word surfaced about Edward Rife's involvement with Ohio State ball players, the NCAA suspended the players in December for the first five games of the 2011 season. However, the NCAA allowed them to play in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans in January. Ohio State won that game in convincing fashion, 31-26, against the University of Arkansas.
In January as Ohio State prepared to appeal the five-game sanction of its players, investigators discovered Tressel knew about the tattoo parlor connection as early as April 2010. Up until that point, Tressel had denied he knew anything about it.