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|Gene Smith's close relationship with Jim Tressel made Tressel's decision to keep Smith out of the loop regarding potential NCAA violations all the more surprising.|
Ohio State released a copy of Tressel's NCAA compliance form to the AP on Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act request. In the form, dated last Sept. 13, Tressel certifies that he has reported any NCAA violations to his superiors. Yet he had known for five months that the players had likely broken NCAA rules -- and had told no one except for forwarding the emails to Pryor's 67-year-old mentor and friend in Jeannette, Pa.
The compliance form, which all Ohio State staff members must sign, states: "By signing and dating this form, you certify that you have reported through the appropriate individuals on your campus (OSU President, Gordon Gee; OSU Athletic Director, Gene Smith; Faculty Athletics Representative, John Bruno; or the Athletic Compliance Office) any knowledge of violations of NCAA legislation involving The Ohio State University that occurred during the 2009-2010 academic year through the time you sign this form." Tressel printed his name, signed his name and then dated it.