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Jim Tressel controversy to be addressed at Ohio State news conference

March 8, 2011 | 11:37 am

Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith has returned to the Columbus campus from New York, apparently to address a brewing controversy involving football Coach Jim Tressel.

A news conference involving Smith, Tressel and university President E. Gordon Gee has been scheduled for Tuesday night, prompting speculation Tressel's job might be in jeopardy after Monday's report by Yahoo! Sports that he had prior knowledge of potential NCAA violations involving several players and did not tell his superiors.

"We are moving very much forward, and I am confident that we will solve these issues," Gee told the Ohio News Network.

Smith had been in New York for meetings as chairman of the NCAA's Division I men's basketball committee, which selects, seeds and brackets the teams for the NCAA tournament.

The report said Tressel, who is 106-22 in his 10 years as coach of the Buckeyes, was aware of the allegations of improper benefits to six of his players at least seven months before the school was notified by a U.S. attorney.

Tressel, who is paid an estimated $3.5 million each season, had been making stops around Columbus to promote his new book, "Life Promises for Success: Promises from God on Achieving Your Best." A Tuesday night book-signing has been canceled.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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