Audio of Jim Tressel interview released (Audio Included)

Audio of Jim Tressel interview released (Audio Included)

By Tom Farrey
ESPN
An audio recording of Jim Tressel's five-hour interview with NCAA investigators before his forced resignation as Ohio State football coach highlights the fear and desperation heard in his voice upon learning in April 2010 that some of his players were involved with a local tattoo parlor owner who was under FBI investigation for drug trafficking.

A text version of the transcript was released by the university in July, but the university has released an edited, audio copy of the Feb. 8 interview in response to a public records request by "Outside the Lines." Names of players and other information is redacted in the audio, consistent with the July transcript.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks about not reporting violations.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks about his reaction to FBI target Ed Rife.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks about his lack of questioning players.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks about Ted Sarniak.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks about trying to figure out what to do.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks about Ted Sarniak.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks about learning no players were involved in drug-trafficking.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks about QB Terrelle Pryor's aversion to telling truth.

 

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  • From sound bytes played on radio here in Indy and the ones I heard on national radio I think about Kelvin Sampson, in his first press conference as IU Basketball coach, when asked about his rule violations concerning text messages and phone calls at Oklahoma,"Those were rules we didn't care about." He of course went on to do the same and more (see: Gordon, Eric; recruitment of) at IU, lied about all of it to IU and the NCAA (see: Brand, Myles; his with IU) and was dismissed before finishing his 3rd season.

    Tressel clearly has the same attitude.

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