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Documents Show Tressel Was Reprimanded Years Ago
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Records released today by Ohio State University show former football coach Jim Tressel had been criticized for not reporting violations as far back as 2005.
Until the scandal and subsequent cover-up that forced Tressel to resign on Memorial Day, the long-time coach had a sterling public image. He even wrote a book called “The Winner’s Manual” and was often called “The Senator.”
But in a 2005-2006 performance review released Friday, OSU rated the coach “unacceptable” in two areas: self-reporting violations and filling out phone and visitation logs. Another letter released Friday shows the former athletic director asked Tressel to keep an eye on cars driven by players, an issue that arose years later in the investigation into former quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Tressel left the team after admitting he’d received emails warning of Pryor and other players possibly breaking team and NCAA rules eight months before the violations were made public.