Progress In Tressel Investigation Could Come As Early As Next Week


We may soon learn whether Ohio State's self-imposed five game suspension for football coach Jim Tressel will stand with the NCAA.

10TV Sports has learned there could be some movement in the investigation into Tressel as early as next week, as both sides hope to resolve the issue before the start of the 2011 football season, 10TV's Dan Fronczak reported.

Tressel is being investigated for failing to notify the university about his knowledge of players selling memorabilia and receiving discounted rates on tattoos.

During Ohio State's spring scrimmage on Saturday, OSU athletics director Gene Smith said he could not confirm when the investigation would conclude.

"We, we being Ohio State, are not going to talk about the issue anymore," Smith said. "When it happens, it happens."

Ohio State notified the NCAA of Tressel's potential violation and self-imposed a two-game suspension, a $250,000 fine, issued a public reprimand, required him to make a public apology and said he had to attend an NCAA rules compliance seminar. Tressel subsequently asked that his suspension be increased to five games, which the university accepted.

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The NCAA could levy additional penalties against Tressel.

Last week, Smith, who has served on the NCAA's committee on infractions, declined to say when the whole thing might end although he hoped a resolution might be expedited because the university had worked closely with the NCAA from the beginning.

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Previous Stories:

April 19, 2011: Smith: Tressel's $250K Won't Cover Investigations
March 30, 2011:  Tressel Apologizes, Says He Has No Plans To Resign
March 17, 2011:  NCAA Upholds Ohio State Suspensions; Tressel To Sit Out First 5 Games In '11
March 14, 2011: Tressel Gets Standing Ovation At Canton Speaking Engagement
March 12, 2011: OSU AD Smith Asked About Tressel On CBS Broadcast
March 11, 2011: Attorney: Tattoo Shop Owner Didn't Tip Off Ohio State
March 10, 2011: Gee: No 'Smoking Gun' In Ohio State Rules Violation Investigation
March 9, 2011: Ex-Ohio State Football Player Says He Told Tressel About Player Investigation
March 9, 2011:  Tressel's Rules Violation Could Impact Ohio State Recruiting
March 8, 2011:   Ohio State Suspends Coach Jim Tressel For 2 Games
March 7, 2011:   Report: Tressel Knew About Violations Last April
December 30, 2010:  NCAA Rebuts Critics Of Ruling On Ohio State Violations
December 28, 2010: Suspended Ohio State Football Players Publicly Apologize
December 23, 2010:  Pryor, 5 Others, Face Sanctions For NCAA Violations
December 22, 2010:  Ohio State Probing Possible NCAA Violations By Football Players