Ok, I know there is already another forum about the press conference, but I think this is an important thing to note:
Jim Tressel made it clear that the first e-mail was about a federal investigation, involving drug trafficking no less. This is a very serious issue. An e-mail seems like a very informal way of introducing this issue to a head coach. Hell, it would be informal to tell the athletic director and the president of a university about such a thing.
But wait, neither Gene Smith or G. Gordon Gee were aware of this incident? Wouldn't a federal investigation be something both the head of athletics and university as a whole would need to know? OSU would have to at least be notified about the investigation by the feds investigating it since it involves students that attend their university. I know at my school, whenever any criminal act on or off campus occurs, the entire student body and faculty are notified of it. I can't imagine OSU is any different.
This would mean that this same issue would be known by at least 2 other people, if not more in the compliance and legal departments of the university.
I have no reason to believe Tressel lied at his press conference. I have too much respect for the man. However, there has to be a cover-up somewhere down in Columbus. The next couple of months should be very interesting to see when more and more information about this trafficking issue arise.