Jim Tressel’s press conference began with a word by Ohio State Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith, who reminded attendees that the matter at hand is a different matter than the one involving Terrelle Pryor and other Ohio State players. This press conference is specifically a Tressel press conference.
Smith said in mid-January he asked Tressel about emails that came out after the Sugar Bowl and revealed Tressel knew about Pryor’s infractions earlier than he had previously claimed. He said the university and the NCAA spent a month investigating the Tressel case, meaning they were on it half as long as Yahoo! Sports.
Ohio State has self-reported a 10.1 violation, which is a major violation. A likely relevant clip of the broken rule:
Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual’s institution false or misleading information concerning the individual’s involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation.