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Report: NFL Investigating The Colts Hiring Jim Tressel

Yesterday, after news that the Colts had hired disgraced former-Ohio State head Jim Tressel as a 'gameday consultant,' George Atallah of the NFLPA tweeted this:

The NFLPA will be watching the Jim Tressel situation with interest.

Attallah's tweet was ominous in light that the NFL and Commissioner Rodger Goodell had just imposed a five-game suspension on former-OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Pryor, who was at the center of several OSU scandals that rocked the football program to its foundation and, eventually, forced Tressel to resign in disgrace, left college and entered the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft. As part of his punishment for accepting improper benefits at OSU, the NCAA suspended Pryor five games. But, with his leaving Ohio State after Tressel left, Pryor escaped punishment.

However, when Pryor was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the Supplemental Draft, Goodell and the NFL imposed a five-game suspension on Pryor to start the 2011 NFL season. Goodell and the NFL stated they imposed the suspension after Pryor made

"decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft."

With Pryor suspended for reasons that are, quite honestly, dubious at best, the logical question to ask when the Colts hired Tressel was, 'When will he get suspended?' Ultimately, that question is what George Attalah was implying in his tweet yesterday.

According to the NFL, the answer to that question could come soon. Per Pro Football Talk, the league is investigating the Colts hiring of Tressel.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the move was made without the approval of the league office, and that the league office must approve the hire before it becomes final.

According to PFT, the issue of the Colts hiring Tressel is not 'if,' but 'when.' Just like with Terrelle Pryor, if Goodell feels that Tressel is undermining the NFL's 'farm system,' which is what NCAA football truly is, then he can impose a suspension on Tressel just as he did with Pryor.

In Tressel’s case, the league faces a tricky decision.  Notions of fairness and consistency require the league to treat Tressel, who resigned from Ohio State under duress after admitting that he failed to share with the NCAA information regarding activities that jeopardized the eligibility of Pryor and other players, the same way that it treated Pryor.  By delaying Tressel’s entry to the NFL, the league would be bolstering the perception that overt favors are now being done for the curators of the free farm system.

The question doesn’t become relevant until the Colts submit Tressel’s contract for approval by the league office.  It hasn’t happened yet.  Once it does, Tressel’s fate will be in the Commissioner’s hands.

Until then, cast your vote as to whether Tressel should get the same treatment as Terrelle.

I wrote this on Twitter yesterday: Hiring Tressel is a silly, useless move that only brings undue distraction to the team. The man is an embarrassment to his profession. He cheated, lied to investigators, and repeatedly tried to skirt NCAA rules. Why have that kind of person on the Colts staff?

Now, it's possible he may have to deal with a suspension before joining the club as a 'gameday consultant, whatever that is.