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OSU AD Smith Asked About Tressel On CBS Broadcast


UPDATED: Tuesday March 15, 2011 11:17 AM

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said on Saturday that he hoped an NCAA investigation into violations by football coach Jim Tressel would be completed "expeditiously."

Smith, who is this year's chairman of the NCAA men's basketball tournament selection committee, appeared on CBS Sports between Big Ten basketball tournament semifinal games.

The first two questions Smith was asked were about Tressel and the football program.

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The university suspended Tressel for the first two games of the 2011 and fined him $250,000 after the revelation that he failed to disclose possible rules infractions by his players.

Smith was asked why the university did not plan to suspend Tressel for any Big Ten games.

"We have an ongoing case," Smith said.  "We're not going to get into a debate on our case until the NCAA has ruled on it."

Smith's comments came one day after Columbus lawyer Chris Cicero told ESPN that Tressel misunderstood his request for confidentiality concerning his reports about player misconduct in selling memorabilia.

Cicero told ESPN that he did not mean Tressel or Ohio State could not investigate the information he passed along.

"I wanted (Tressel) to know the kids had been hanging out with a person who was the subject of a federal investigation," Cicero said to ESPN.

Tattoo-parlor owner Edward Rife's home was searched in April by federal investigators.

On Dec. 23, 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 for their dealings with Rife.

ESPN reported that an e-mail that was sent by Cicero to Tressel contained the names of Pryor and Posey.

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Previous Stories:

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