It seems almost ridiculous and meaningless today, given what's unfolding up at Penn State, but there was a time in the not-too-distant past when the Jim Tressel scandal was the biggest story in college football.
And while the Tressel story has mostly faded into the background now that Jerry Sandusky has taken the center stage in the college football news cycle, Tressel's rules-breaking legacy apparently lives on--in the form of Urban Meyer's contract.
The Ohio State board of trustees on Monday released the details of Meyer's contract with the Buckeyes, and perhaps not surprisingly, it turns out that while Meyer's contract is most certainly lucrative (the man will make at least $4 million a year in Columbus), it also comes along with a few important stipulations, all of which are tied to Tressel's transgressions during his time with the Buckeyes.
Specifically, the contracts lays out quite specifically what Meyer is to do should he become aware of rules violations at Ohio State. As you all surely remember, Tressel's undoing was his failure to report violations to university officials when they first came to light.
Explaining the contract language, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said: "Given the circumstances we had, we felt it was important to put provisions in there to make sure the right safeguards are in place on both sides. That's been strengthened and beefed up."
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