May 16, 2005
Opening Remarks from Gene Smith, Ohio State Director of Athletics:
“First of all, I would like to thank our staff for the hard work they have done to get us to this point. We are basically in phase one of this investigation. You have the documents. I would just like to share with you a little bit of the process from here. Our team that has been working collaboratively with the NCAA staff will continue to work with the NCAA staff as we put together our response that is due July 26. From that point on, we will at some point in time be notified of the exact date of our infractions hearing and we will appear before the NCAA infractions committee. The committee will take 20 to 30 days after that to determine its response and, if necessary, hand down any sanctions that we will have to deal with.”
Statement from Head Football Coach Jim Tressel:
“I am pleased there were no new football allegations in the letter received today from the NCAA, but that will not change our passion to continue to educate our coaches, student-athletes and boosters in the area of compliance. We know compliance is job one and we take it very seriously.
“We have always believed in our intentions and we understand the importance of representing Ohio State at the very highest level in terms of integrity. We appreciate, too, the tremendous job that our compliance office has done in educating, and being a resource for, our student-athletes.”
Statement from Head Men’s Basketball Coach Thad Matta:
“The future of Ohio State basketball is bright.
“We were made aware of the situation that has occurred today, and we look forward to a final ruling regarding this matter so we can put it behind us. As all of you know, in December we gave the program a self-imposed ban from post-season play. Was this ban a severe penalty? All you had to do was look in the eyes of Brandon, Tony and Matt in the lockerroom after the Illinois game to know how severe a post-season ban can be – especially for this team and for this season. Those of you who follow Ohio State basketball know that none of the current players or coaching staff were involved with the program at the time of these infractions.
“After spending a year at Ohio State, with the successes we have had and continue to have I am thrilled in the direction our program is heading.”
Statement from Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Foster:
“I have full faith and confidence in our compliance staff at Ohio State. Heather (Lyke) and her staff do a terrific job. This matter is in the right hands.”