Separating NCAA Probe Fact From Fiction

Each day, either a new rumor or an tired, old one begins to make the rounds concerning Jim Tressel and the NCAA investigation into his Ohio State football program. Today's blog tries attempts to be a primer in separating what is fact from what is purely fiction.

Since there seems to be so much misinformation, and every monkey with a laptop believes he has the inside scoop on the Jim Tressel situation at Ohio State, the dawn of spring football season seems like the perfect time to begin separating fact from fiction.

The best way would seem to be providing what facts we know as well as best-guess answers to some of the most frequent questions surrounding the situation.

Q. Is the NCAA still investigating the OSU football program?

A. Yes. The investigation was reportedly complete until March 8 when Ohio State announced that Tressel had received e-mails from a Columbus attorney informing the coach about two of his players selling memorabilia and receiving discounted tattoos. Tressel did not share that information, which he received in April 2010, with the university or the NCAA during its original investigation, so the NCAA decided to revisit the investigation.

Q. What if the NCAA finds anything new?

A. There is always a chance. No one knew about the incriminating e-mails during the original investigation, so the NCAA will assuredly dig as deep as possible to make sure it doesn't miss anything this time. It should be noted the probe has the full cooperation of Ohio State, something the NCAA doesn't always receive when they investigate member institutions.

Q. Why is this whole thing such a big deal? Weren't the players just selling property that belonged to them?

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Day Blog: April 20.


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