FILE - In this March 8, 2011 file photo, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, left, and university President E. Gordon Gee, second from left, listen as athletic director Gene Smith sp

 

              FILE - In this March 8, 2011 file photo, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, left, and university President E. Gordon Gee, second from left, listen as athletic director Gene Smith sp
FILE - In this March 8, 2011 file photo, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, left, and university President E. Gordon Gee, second from left, listen as athletic director Gene Smith speaks during a news conference in Columbus, Ohio. As the country absorbs the independent report released Thursday, July 12, 2012, on the Penn State sex abuse scandal, some see it as more than an indictment of one school. They see it as underscoring how major-college sports, football in particular, have run amok. When Gee heard Tressel concede he had reason to believe several star players were taking money and free tattoos from a suspected drug dealer and yet he had told no one, Gee was asked if he had considered firing Tressel. "Let me just be very clear," Gee said with a grin, "I'm just hopeful the coach doesn't dismiss me." The joke fell flat, but echoed around the country. It confirmed what many already believed about the balance of power in college sports today: some football teams run universities, not the other way around. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, File)