NCAA: Ohio State Won't Face 'Failure To Monitor' Charge
The NCAA notified Ohio State University officials that it will not face charges of failing to monitor its football team in a scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of coach Jim Tressel.
A document released by the NCAA to the university was completed on Thursday and followed a July 15 meeting between Ohio State officials and NCAA enforcement staff.
According to the case summary document, the university did what it should have to ensure its athletes and coaches were playing by the rules, 10TV News reported.
The case summary that was released on Friday did not include information that 10 Investigates reported that Tressel first notified the university's top compliance staff he had a "tip" about issues related to the team's tattoo scandal in December 2010, nearly a month earlier than the university claimed.
Multiple sources told 10 Investigates' Paul Aker that Tressel claimed he verbally disclosed the tip he received about his players' involvement with tattoo shop owner Ed Rife around Dec. 16 to compliance director Doug Archie, Julie Vannatta, Ohio State's senior assistant general counsel, and perhaps others.
The NCAA's enforcement staff found that Ohio State tracked each athletic award issued to student-athletes using a detailed chart, all the way down to equipment and OSU apparel they received.
It also found the university's compliance office worked to shut down several Web sites that tried to sell or distribute items in violation with NCAA rules.
According to the summary, Ohio State followed up on tips it received through its online reporting portal and told athletes and staff about individuals and circumstances to avoid.
The findings come as the university announced its plan to overhaul its compliance program.
Starting next year, experts in compliance and ethics will oversee the school's efforts which will span beyond athletics touching every corner of the university.
"I think, at least in athletics, our compliance systems are good in some cases very good," said Robert H. Schottenstein, the chairman of Ohio State's Audit and Compliance Committee. "The question is, can we get better? We believe we can. There is no perfect system. There never will be a perfect system."
According to the committee, the people who will head the new compliance program will be housed off-campus to give them separation from the programs they will monitor.
The new compliance unit is expected to be operating by Jan. 1, 2012, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.
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