Ohio State A.D. Gene Smith Discusses Jim Tressel Resignation (Video)

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The Ohio State Buckeyes are in the midst of a NCAA investigation. Its a scandal of epic proportions, that will rock the world of not just the Big Ten but college football at large. Today brought the expected but still huge news that Coach Jim Tressel is stepping down.

This prompted OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith to give a statement to the media. But this is no PR flak hand-crafted letter. He talked directly via video. His YouTube statement is embedded below.

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Ohio State Suspends Coach Tressel Two Games for NCAA Violation

Ohio State University has fined longtime football coach Jim Tressel $250,000 dollars, in addition to a two-game suspension after uncovering that Tressel had prior knowledge of his players’ NCAA violations.

Vice president and director of athletics, Gene Smith; head football coach, Jim Tressel, and president of Ohio State University, E. Gordon Gee addressed the media Tuesday at 7 PM, regarding the issue and ongoing NCAA investigation.

Athletic Director Gene Smith began the conference by clearly reiterating the University’s support of Coach Tressel and dismissing any rumors of Tressel’s resignation.

“He is a coach of young men and we trust him 100%,” Smith said, “…he is our coach and we trust him implicitly.”

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Ohio State Calls Emergency Press Conference, Tressel’s Job in Jeopardy?

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E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University president, Gene Smith, vice president and director of athletics, and Jim Tressel, head football coach, will address the media at the Jack Nicklaus Museum tonight at 7 PM ET.

The availability will be streamed live on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

What is this about? Obviously, it’s about whether Tressel had any advance knowledge of the infractions (and possibly covered them up) before the NCAA suspended Terrelle Pryor, Boom Herron, and Devier Posey for five games in the 2011 season.

Things don’t look good in Columbus, and it all stems from a Yahoo report questioning what Tressel knew and when did he know it.ji

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Ohio State A.D. Debunks Jim Tressel is Fired Rumors

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Tis the season for rumors and innuendo! Hark the herald bloggers sing of what could be, might be but probably isn’t.

Earlier today, according to Chicago Now’s Daily Sports Tab

two sources that are very close to recruiting at prominent universities confirmed that Jim Tressel will no longer be the head football coach at Ohio State University after the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.

Despite Tressel’s phenomenal record in Columbus (well, his record vs. everyone not in the SEC anyway) this story was believable considering that 1.) The number one public relations rule for releasing “bad news,” is to do it at times when most people are likely to distracted by the weekend 2.) Big changes like this often occur at times of crisis (the “Shock Doctrine.”) and we all learned on Thursday about the Ohio State Buckeyes being rocked by harsh suspensions to their star players for 2011.

However, this college football bombshell, this sure to be a media sensation of a story has already been refuted.

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