Timeline of “Tattoo-Gate” Investigation
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio —Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and coach Jim Tressel met with the media Thursday to discuss the suspensions of six Buckeyes.
Terrelle Pryor, Boom Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas will all be eligible for the Sugar Bowl on Jan 4., but all of them will be forced to miss the first five game of next season pending an appeal from Smith and the university.
We will have much more on the NCAA ruling, as well as the reactions from Tressel and Smith, but here is a timeline of the investigation that began earlier this month.
Dec. 7 – Ohio State receives call from U.S. Attorney’s office saying that items belonging to OSU players were found in a home/place of business that had been seized. Wanted to find out of the items were bought or stolen.
Dec. 9-15 – Ohio State launches an internal investigation on whether items may have been sold by Ohio State athletes.
Dec. 16 – Entire team pulled into a room and told about ongoing investigation. University interviews suspected players, who allegedly told the truth about all items. Very emotional scene according to Gene Smith and Jim Tressel.
Dec. 17 – Ohio State contacts the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany prior to self-reporting to the NCAA. Delany calls NCAA on Ohio State’s behalf.
Dec. 19 – Ohio State officially self-reports secondary violations to the NCAA, initially suspending Terrelle Pryor, Boom Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas and Jordan Whiting for the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Dec. 21 – NCAA does player interviews with the six players in question. No other players suspected of wrongdoing. Players leave for holiday break.
Dec. 22 – NCAA rendered decision, reinstating all six players for the Sugar Bowl, but suspending five of them for the first five games of next season, including Pryor, Posey, Herron and Adams.
Dec. 23 – Ohio State holds press conference with Gene Smith and Jim Tressel announcing suspensions to the media and stating that they plan to appeal severity of suspensions.
Dec. 28 – Players will reconvene in Columbus, at which time Tressel will hold a meeting with his entire team to discuss suspensions.
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