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Ohio State Football Coach Tressel Requests Five-Game Suspension

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March 18 (Bloomberg) -- Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel said he deserves the same five-game suspension handed to his players who violated National Collegiate Athletic Association rules.

The university’s appeal of the players’ suspensions for the first five games of the 2011 season was denied by the NCAA’s reinstatement committee yesterday.

Tressel, who had been suspended for two games by the university, said he should have the same punishment as the players, who were disciplined for selling awards, gifts and university apparel and accepting discounts.

“Throughout this entire situation my players and I have committed ourselves to facing our mistakes and growing from them; we can only successfully do that together,” Tressel said in a statement on the Columbus, Ohio-based school’s website. “I request of the university that my sanctions now include five games, so that the players and I can handle this adversity together.”

Tressel was suspended and fined $250,000 by the school for failing to disclose that the players had violated NCAA rules.

Buckeyes Director of Athletics Gene Smith said he had accepted Tressel’s request and would notify the NCAA of the decision to increase the suspension.

In addition to their five-game bans, players Mike Adams, Daniel Herron, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas were also ordered to repay $1,000 to $2,500.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

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

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