In a 13-page indictment of Tressel's behavior, the NCAA alleged that Tressel had "permitted football student-athletes to participate in intercollegiate athletics while ineligible." It also said he "failed to deport himself . . . [with] honesty and integrity" and said he was lying when he filled out a compliance form in September that said he had no knowledge of any NCAA violations by any of his players.
Athletic director Gene Smith said he would have "no comments until the case is resolved." The university issued a statement that the allegations were consistent with what it had already self-reported to the NCAA on March 8.
In other college football news:
* Nine of the 11 members of an NCAA panel that will help decide the Fiesta Bowl's fate attended a bowl-sponsored retreat that included free meals, resort rooms and golf outings. The nine names all showed up on a 2008 "Fiesta Frolic" attendee list obtained by Playoff PAC in a public-records request. The group provided the list to the Associated Press. The NCAA Postseason Bowl Licensing Subcommittee is scheduled to meet with Fiesta Bowl officials this week in New Orleans, but won't make a decision on whether to revoke the bowl's license until later this spring. An internal report by the bowl last month detailed about $45,000 in reimbursements to employees for political donations, an apparent violation of federal and state laws. It also uncovered lavish and inappropriate spending.
* The NCAA has cleared quarterback Barry Brunetti to play football immediately at Mississippi. Brunetti, a transfer from West Virginia who is from Memphis, Tenn., transferred to Ole Miss in part because of his ailing mother. The NCAA usually requires transfers to sit out one season but can grant a waiver if there is a family hardship.
* The United States won its third straight women's world hockey championship, beating Canada, 3-2, in overtime in Zurich on Hilary Knight's
goal. U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter
had 50 saves. Canada's Shannon Szabados
* Takahiko Kozuka, of Japan, easily won the men's qualifying round at the world figure skating championships in Moscow, finishing almost 30 points ahead of Sweden's Alexander Majorov.