published Monday, April 25th, 2011

NCAA alleges Tressel lied to hide NCAA violations

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    In this Sept. 25, 2010 file photo, Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor, left, and coach Jim Tressel talk during a time out against Eastern Michigan in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The NCAA is accusing Ohio State coach Jim Tressel of lying to hide violations by players who traded memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

In a "notice of allegations" sent to the school, the NCAA said Monday that the alleged violations relating to the coach are considered "potential major violations."

The NCAA says Tressel "falsely attested" that he reported all knowledge of NCAA violations to the school.

Ohio State must go before the NCAA's committee on infractions Aug. 12.

Tressel has admitted he knew in April 2010 that some of his players were involved with a local tattoo-parlor owner and were trading memorabilia for cash and tattoos. The players were suspended in December of 2010 for the first five games this fall, as was Tressel for not reporting the violations to his Ohio State superiors.

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