A recent Yahoo Sports report has stated that Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel knew of his players selling memorabilia in exchange for services months before the story broke this past December. The university is planning to hold a news conference Tuesday night to address the situation.
According to the story, Tressel was made aware of his players selling used jerseys and championship rings in exchange for services back in April of 2010, but did not do anything to address the situation. Players receiving money for their memorabilia is a direct violation of NCAA rules and could land Ohio State in hot water.
Back in December star players Tyrelle Pryor, Daniel Herron, DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas, and Mike Adams were suspended for the first five games of 2011 for their actions. When these suspensions were announced, Jim Tressel said that he and the school had no knowledge of these violations before that time. However, it now appears as if that was not the case. If Tressel really did know his players were selling memorabilia and did not report it, both he and the school could be punished by the NCAA.