NEWS. Dispatch Identifies Author of “Tressel E-mails”

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Dispatch Identifies Author of “Tressel E-mails”
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Tuesday Ohio State admitted that football coach Jim Tressel violated NCAA rules when he failed to disclose e-mails he received concerning current players selling or trading OSU memorabilia.

One day later, the Columbus Dispatch has located the author of those e-mails.

Although his name was redacted in the e-mail copies which were released to the media during Tuesday night’s press conference, the Dispatch was able to uncover the fact the author was 54-yeard old lawyer Christopher T. Cicero.

According to the Dispatch, Cicero is an attorney in Franklin County who was also a former Buckeye walk-on. He lettered as a linebacker in 1983, which was Tressel’s first year as an assistant coach under then-head coach Earle Bruce.

Cicero exchanged a number of e-mails with Tressel during the spring of 2010 alerting him to the fact that at least two of the current Buckeyes were involved with a man named Edward Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos and Piercing in Columbus.

In his second e-mail to Tressel last April, Cicero asked him to keep the information confidential, as it pertained to an ongoing federal investigation into Rife, a known drug trafficker who purchase memorabilia including Big Ten championship rings, Gold Pants and even a National Championship ring.

According to the Dispatch’s report, Cicero has a checkered past within the law profession. Click here to read the full report.


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