The story keeps changing at Ohio State.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.com reports that Buckeye officials were aware during a March 8 news conference that Jim Tressel had forwarded sensitive emails to quarterback Terrelle Pryor's mentor in Jeanette, Pa., detailing that Pryor and at least one other player had sold memorabilia to a local tattoo-parlor owner who was under federal investigation for drug trafficking.
However, Tressel said that day he had kept the information to himself to protect the confidentiality of a federal investigation into Eddie Rife.
The coach was asked during the news conference if he had forwarded the emails, but before he could answer, athletic director Gene Smith interrupted, saying the information was part of the investigation.
On March 25, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Tressel had indeed forwarded the emails to Ted Sarniak, 67, a Jeanette businessman who had been Pryor's mentor. However, it was unclear when Tressel had clicked the send button.
Dodd, citing a source, said Ohio State officials were aware days before the March 8 news conference that Tressel had emailed Sarniak.
"Obviously, we knew everything at that point," the source told Dodds. "We were starting to deal with the initial part of the self report. We didn't know the specifics."