Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Buckeyes' academic investigation expected to wrap up in 4-6 weeks

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Ohio State's investigation into possible academic improprieties concerning its football team will conclude in four to six weeks, OSU spokesperson Elizabeth Conlisk said Tuesday.

The school came under scrutiny in July when a New York Times article asserted that players sometimes had their work done for them by tutors. OSU announced a 10-person investigative committee later that month, including outside consultant Stanley O. Ikenberry, former president of the University of Illinois and former president of the American Council on Education.

Potential findings, if negative, could spur the NCAA to return, threatening the possible forfeiture of games from OSU's 14-0 championship season.

TRESSEL INVITES NIGHT: Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is glad he'll play Ohio State in a night game Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. But he questioned the wisdom of OSU coach Jim Tressel allowing the kickoff to be moved from a daytime start to accommodate an ESPN broadcast.

"If I ever have a chance to play on national TV, on the road at 8 p.m. (local time), I'm going to say no," Alvarez said.

Wisconsin crowds are already among the wildest in the nation for day games. For a night game...

"With all-day tailgating, it'll be like a coed prison riot," OSU broadcaster Paul Keels said.

The Badgers have won 14 of their last 15 night games. But Tressel said he was thinking of exposure when he agreed to the late start.

"I looked at it as a great opportunity," Tressel said.

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