Tressel records show compliance issues

July, 15, 2011
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Ohio State on Friday released the personnel file of former football coach Jim Tressel, including a 2005-06 compliance performance review that stated the coach didn't sufficiently self-report violations in a timely manner.

Check out the documents here and here.

Tressel received a rating of "excellent" in 10 of 12 categories in the compliance review, but for the other two categories -- reporting violations in a timely manner and completing phone and unofficial visit logs in an accurate and timely manner -- he received a rating of "unacceptable." Tressel also received two letters of reprimand from former Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger in 2001 and 2002. Geiger sent Tressel a letter of caution and education in 2003, telling the coach that the school expects him and his staff to "pay attention to the automobiles driven by the football student-athletes and report to the Athletics Compliance Office any unusual circumstances with respect to such automobiles."

While some of the documents are notable given Tressel's forced resignation May 30, I doubt he was the only college football coach receiving letters and reviews like these. Nothing in the file is in the same ballpark as the cover-up that ultimately ended Tressel's time at Ohio State.

The files released Friday don't include any compliance reviews after 2005-06 or any letters of admonishment after Gene Smith took over for Geiger as AD. A university spokesman told The Columbus Dispatch that Smith switched from written reviews to verbal ones.

There are some interesting documents about Tressel's contracts, endorsement deals and some of the good things he did at Ohio State, like using bonus money to endow a scholarship.

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