- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2011

CANTON, OHIO (AP) - Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is making his first public speaking appearance since being suspended two games and fined for violating NCAA rules.

Tressel is speaking to a crowd of 400 _ many of them clad in the Buckeyes’ scarlet and gray colors _ at a luncheon sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tressel received a standing ovation the moment he entered the dining room at Tozzi’s on 12th restaurant.

Last week, Tressel was suspended for the first two games next season and fined $250,000 for failing to notify the school about information he received last April involving two players and questionable activities involving the sale of memorabilia.

The NCAA could levy additional penalties on Tressel, who has been at Ohio State since 2001. Tressel attended the luncheon since he coached at Youngstown State.

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