Already taking heat for not responding last night to a late-breaking Yahoo! Sports report alleging that Jim Tressel played football players he knew to be selling Buckeyes memorabilia, Ohio State will respond with typical Big Ten alacrity by holding an evening press conference about 24 hours after they probably should have. Coach Tressel, the university president, and the athletic director will address the media at 7:00 p.m. CST, according to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Also from the Plain Dealer (whose logo we enjoy because it looks like the world's most electric thumb-wrestling battle), this little bit of context may make the situation so much worse:
An administration official said today that the school has been in frequent contact with the NCAA about the suspensions of six players for selling memorabilia, because the school is appealing those suspensions, and that the discussion of this latest allegation will be folded into those conversations.
Could "frequent contact" mean that Jim Tressel himself has had more than one conversation with the NCAA about this case? Did the timeline come up at all? Ifand Dan Wetzel's allegations are true, the more times Tressel had to sit down with NCAA investigators, the more opportunities he's had to snare himself in a web of lies.*
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*All right, "web of lies" may be a bit dramatic, but this is, you'll recall, at its core a case about discount tattoos, and as such requires a free hand with the hyperbole to keep us from nodding off at our keyboards.