Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel will be suspended for two games during the 2011 season.

Ohio State said in a news release that Tressel “violated provisions of NCAA Bylaw 10.1 when he failed to notify the university about information received involving two football student-athletes.” The university said it learned about the situation on Jan. 13 “while reviewing information on an unrelated legal issue.”

“When we came back from the bowl game… there were some e-mails that coach Tressel had received,” Athletics Director Gene Smith said, during a news conference Tuesday night. “We have self-imposed sanctions in there… Keep in mind, the case is still ongoing.

Tressel will also be fined $250,000.

“Last spring practice, I received some e-mail involving an ongoing, federal drug-trafficking case,” Tressel said. “There was obviously tremendous concern for me… Two of our players were mentioned in those e-mails.”

“Admittedly, I did not give too much thought to the potential NCAA part of things. I was more concerned with the well-being of our young people,” Tressel said. Tressel said that confidentiality was requested by the lawyers and he did not want to interfere with the federal investigation.

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