Ohio State coach Jim Tressel seemed unflappable in his 10 years at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to eight Bowl Championship Series games in his 10 years.
On Dec. 22, 2010, multiple sources told 10TV News that the university was investigating possible NCAA violations in which several Buckeye football players provided their autographs in exchange for tattoos at this shop.
The following day, the NCAA ruled that Mike Adams, Daniel Herron, Devier Posey, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas must sit out the first five games of Ohio State's 2011 season because they received improper benefits for selling awards, gifts and university apparel. A sixth player, Jordan Whiting, was also suspended for the team's first game.
On Dec. 28, the five suspended players, including Herron, publicly apologized. All were allowed to play in the team's upcoming Sugar Bowl game against Arkansas.
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On Jan. 4, 2011, No. 6 Ohio State defeated Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.
On March 7, Yahoo! Sports reported a two-month investigation that said Tressel knew that several players were selling memorabilia in April 2010, more than eight months before the university claimed it learned about the issue.
The following day, on March 8, athletic officials announced that the university violated an NCAA bylaw when football coach Jim Tressel failed to notify the school that he knew some players were selling memorabilia. Tressel was suspended the first two games of the 2011 season and was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine.
At the news conference on March 8, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee was asked if he considered firing Tressel. "No, are you kidding? Let me just be very clear: I'm just hopeful the coach doesn't dismiss me."
On March 17, the NCAA upheld suspensions the players who sold awards and received improper benefits. Tressel said that he would also sit out the first five games of the 2011 season.
April 23: Tressel stood on the sidelines at Ohio State's spring football scrimmage for what turned out to be his final appearance as Buckeye coach.
May 30, 2011: The university announces Tressel's resignation, effective immediately.