08 Mar 2011
In the lead up to the Ohio State Buckeyes' BCS bowl game a few months ago, several key players including quarterback Terrelle Pryor and running back Dan Herron were discovered to have exchanged memorabilia for free tattoos at a Columbus tattoo parlor. The program allowed the players to play in the January 4th Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas, but also levied five-game suspensions for the start of the 2011 season for each player. Head coach Jim Tressel coaxed each player into returning to school for the fall.
On Tuesday, the University announced a two-game suspension and $250,000 fine for Tressel. Tressel first learned of the tattoo parlor information in April of 2010 and failed to report the matter to anyone at the University or NCAA, a violation of NCAA Bylaw 10.1. Matt Hinton (aka Dr. Saturday) provides a summary of the implications and further questions that remain unanswered.
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