Ohio State athletics officials said on Monday night that they would not comment on a report that coach Jim Tressel knew that several Ohio State football players were selling memorabilia in April 2010, more than eight months before the university claimed it learned about the issue.
The report followed a two-month Yahoo! Sports investigation that looked into what Tressel knew about some of his players selling memorabilia for money and discounted tattoos.
In December, the university announced it was suspending quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Daniel "Boom" Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, defensive end Solomon Thomas and offensive lineman Mike Adams for the first five games of the 2011 season.
Athletic Director Gene Smith said in December that the university learned about the violations on Dec. 8.
According to the Yahoo! Sports report, a source was cited, saying that Tressel seemed troubled when he was told about the violations and that he would investigate.
If Tressel knew about the violations and he did not pass them on to Smith or to the university's compliance department, he could be fired and the football program could face multiple NCAA violations and sanctions, including forfeiting all of 2010's games, 10TV's Dom Tiberi reported.
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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