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Buckeyes Football Scandal: Trouble Mounts For Jim Tressel

The troubles continue to mount for embattled Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.  According to the Columbus Dispatch, Tressel, in fact, did act on the e-mails he received regarding quarterback Terrelle Pryor and others being in some bigtime trouble.  He just didn't inform his bosses at Ohio State.

Tressel, in fact, did forward the information to a mentor of Pryor's, Ted Sarniak.  Sarniak, according to the report, is a prominent businessman back in Jeanette, PA where Pryor is from and accompanied Pryor on recruiting trips to Ohio State and other schools.

This is another, well, lie, told by Tressel.  During his press conference on March 8, Tressel claimed he kept the information to himself to protect both the investigation and his players.  Tressel admitted he was afraid for their safety.  Now, it seems, Tressel did actually forward the emails - to someone far removed from the university or the investigation but close to Pryor.

Right now, Tressel will miss the first five games of the 2011 season and has been fined $250,000.  The NCAA, however, can increase the penalty when they conclude their investigation.

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