OSU: No New Allegations Pending

In the wake of media reports that the NCAA was continuing to look into the Ohio State football program, the university issued a statement that no new allegations have been brought forward at this time.

Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that Ohio State has not received any further allegations from the NCAA about misdeeds by its football program.

That statement came in the wake of media reports that OSU recently was sent a letter informing the school that the NCAA's investigation of the football program was not yet concluded.

So far, the NCAA has issued two major violations against Ohio State, both of which the school agreed with: that eight players on the 2010 team sold memorabilia and received discounted tattoos and that head coach Jim Tressel did not report that he was told about the situation and then played ineligible players.

That situation cost Tressel his job, and the players received suspensions. OSU also vacated its wins from the 2010 season and self-imposed two years of probation.

Whether Ohio State will receive further punishment from those two violations remains to be seen, but OSU and the NCAA Committee on Infractions will meet Friday in Indianapolis to discuss whether the Buckeyes will receive a bowl ban, scholarship reductions or other penalties.

However, the NCAA never publicly declared the investigation closed, and if further wrongdoing is discovered, OSU could again go through the process, which would start with another Notice of Allegations from the NCAA.

That has not happened, though, according to Lynch.

"The university has not received any additional allegations from the NCAA," he said. "As a member institution, we are committed to working together with the NCAA to examine any information concerning potential violations of NCAA legislation.

"We do not anticipate discussing any additional allegations with the Committee on Infractions on Friday other than those self reported in March, 2011.

"The latest letter I saw from the NCAA to President (E. Gordon) Gee did not mention any additional allegations."

It is known that the NCAA looked into allegations by Sports Illustrated that nine players on the team as of May 30, the day Tressel resigned, had also received discounted tattoos or money from local tattoo parlor owner Edward Rife. Ohio State admitted in its official response to the NCAA Notice of Allegations in early July that one player, who sources indicate is linebacker Dorian Bell, was found to have accepted tattoos as a result of that story.

There have been other media reports about misdeeds in Tressel's regimes but some have been disproven and none have yet resulted in any official action by the NCAA against Ohio State.

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