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NCAA to Rule on Ohio State Case That Led to Football Coach Tressel’s Exit

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is set to announce its decision on violations at Ohio State University that cost football coach Jim Tressel his job and the school a season’s worth of victories.

The NCAA will make a statement at 3 p.m. New York time.

Ohio State, based in Columbus, Ohio, vacated all 12 of its victories from the 2010 season, including a win in the Sugar Bowl, because of the violations that led to the departure of Tressel in May. The school announced its self-imposed action on the 2010 season in July.

Tressel, 59, quit almost six months after players including quarterback Terrelle Pryor were suspended for selling or trading uniforms and other memorabilia to the owner of a tattoo parlor. His resignation followed revelations that the coach knew about the infractions and didn’t report them.

Five players involved in the violations received five-game suspensions from the school, which also imposed a two-year probation and said it plans to enhance its monitoring, education and compliance programs.

Tressel led the Buckeyes to the national championship after the 2002 season. He originally was suspended by the school in March for two games the following season, then increased that ban himself to five games before saying he was leaving as coach.

After interim coach Luke Fickell led the Buckeyes to a 6-6 record this season, the school hired two-time national championship winner Urban Meyer as coach on Nov. 28. The Buckeyes face the University of Florida in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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