Jim Tressel will miss the first two games of the 2011 football season for Ohio State. The teams head coach will also be forced to attend a compliance seminar while paying a $250,000 fine…ouch!
The two game suspension, seminar and huge fine all stem from Tressel attempting to cover up his knowledge of Tattoogate.
During a press conference Tressel told the media:
“I am sorry and disappointed this happened. At the time the situation occurred, I thought I was doing the right thing.
I understand my responsibility to represent Ohio State and the game of football. I apologize to any and all of the people I have let down. I will grow from this experience.”
On Monday Yahoo! Sports first reported that Tressel knew of allegations regarding improper benefits to Pryor and five other players as early as April 2010, it was seven months later that the university learned of those improper benefits through the U.S. Attorney’s office.
It was not acknowledging the issues that led to Tressel’s two game suspension and it’s also still unclear if other actions will be taken against the schools head coach.