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Initially suspended for two games and fined $250,000 by the university last March, Tressel’s final termination package released him from having to pay any of the fine. He also was allowed to keep his benefits package and was paid more than $54,000 of base salary for the month of June.

Gee, athletic director Gene Smith, Tressel and Fickell are among those expected to appear at the hearing on Friday in Indianapolis.

Asked at the end of the 2010 season if he was bothered that his head football coach was being paid so much, Gee said the coach’s salary reflected his value to the university.

“What we need to do is to pay people what they’re worth,” he said. “I’m the highest-paid public university president in the country and people ask me, ‘Does that bother you?’ I say that I hope I earn my keep everyday. … You think about coaches and you think about surgeons and you think about English faculty members. These are investments and we need to pay them so that they are worthy of that investment.”

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