If you've been following the news today, then you know Ohio State received a Notice of Violations from the NCAA. Here are the contents of the notice:
If you don't have time to click the link, here's one of the phrases that pays:
"Jim Tressel, head football coach, knew or should have known that at least two football student-athletes received preferential treatment from and sold institutionally issued athletics awards, apparel and/or equipment to (the tattoo-store owner), but he failed to report the information to athletics administrators and, as a result, permitted football student-athletes to participate in intercollegiate athletics competition while ineligible..."
There's another page that includes such phrases as "Jim Tressel, head football coach, failed to deport himself in accordance with the honesty and integrity..." and "Tressel withheld the information" and "Tressel falsely attested..."
In essence, Tressel committed a lot of no-nos that make his case sound more like Bruce Pearl than Jim Calhoun. Pearl and Calhoun both were found guilty of cheating last season, but Pearl wound up fired while Calhoun wound up cutting down the nets at the NCAA title game.
Tressel's reputation, to this point, has been a lot more like Calhoun's than Pearl's, but these facts suggest otherwise.
Perhaps more to the point, do Tressel and Ohio State merit any special treatment here due to their station in the college football world?
If you substituted "Ron Zook" for "Jim Tressel" and "Illinois" for "Ohio State" on this Notice of Allegations, I believe Zook would find himself kicked out the door pretty quickly...and the national perception would be that Zook received the proper treatment.