ESPN is currently suing Ohio State in an effort to learn more about Ted Sarniak and other entities. But it's not as if they just started reaching out to OSU out of the blue. The Worldwide Leader has been working Ohio State for weeks, trying to get information, documents, emails and whatever else they can get their hands on.
Anything related to Jim Tressel, Gene Smith, Terrelle Pryor, Edward Rife, tattoos, cars, tickets and, heck, even Brutus, seemed up for grabs as ESPN and dozens other outlets hit up OSU with requests to see their internal docs, as is their right under the Freedom Of Information Act.
Eleven Warriors has posted correspondence between Ohio State and several press outlets. It ranges from Cleveland Plain Dealer's really polite request to ESPN's "give us what we want or else" mantra.
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