Delany feels differently now about Ohio State

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany believes he might have acted differently toward five Ohio State players who were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl despite NCAA violations had he known the information that has since been uncovered.

The players were permitted to wait until this fall to begin serving a five-game suspension for accepting money and tattoos from the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor. It wasn't until more than a week after the Buckeyes' 31-26 victory over Arkansas that school officials realized coach Jim Tressel had known about the violations for more than nine months.

"Based on what we knew, we just spoke on behalf of the kids and the NCAA made the decision it made," Delany said Thursday at the annual Bowl Championship Series meetings in New Orleans. "But I don't think anybody had the knowledge that we have now."

The NCAA is investigating Tressel for knowing about potential major rules violations but not telling Ohio State officials about it. The ruling body of college athletics sent a 13-page "notice of allegations" to Ohio State last Friday that said Tressel "failed to deport himself ... (with) honesty and integrity," and accused him of lying when he filled out a compliance form in September that said he had no knowledge of NCAA violations by any of his players.

Tressel and Ohio State are scheduled to go before the NCAA's infractions committee Aug. 12.

"I'm concerned about it. I think it's a serious situation," Delany said. "The facts are fairly well known and I think the institution will get in front of the infractions committee and then they'll render their opinion in a timely way."

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