Sources: Tressel Asks For, Receives 5 Game Suspension

By 11W Staff on March 17, 2011 at 8:46p

Immediately following the revelation that the five suspended Buckeyes from last Fall's tattoo scandal would have their suspensions upheld, reports from Dispatch sources indicate Ohio State's Jim Tressel has requested his suspension be upped to the same 5 games as his players and will have this request honored by the school. This falls far more in line with the expectations of many outsiders following the revelations that Tressel had known about DeVier Posey and Terrelle Pryor's involvement in the situation as far back as April 2010 and had sat on the information while signing legally binding documents this past September stating he knew of no violations involving the team and then went on to insinuate to both administrators and NCAA officials in December he knew of no wrong doings on his players' part. More information as it develops.

UPDATE: Here is what Tressel said about his request

"Throughout this entire situation, my players and I have committed ourselves to facing our mistakes and growing from them; we can only successfully do this together.  I spoke with athletics director [Gene] Smith, and our student-athletes involved, and told them that my mistakes need to share the same game sanctions. Like my players, I am very sorry for the mistakes I made. I request of the university that my sanctions now include five games so that the players and I can handle this adversity together."


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