Ohio State President: Athletic Director's job is safe

      Ohio State's president says he expects university athletics director Gene Smith to stay on despite head football coach Jim Tressel's resignation and a growing number of alleged NCAA violations by the football program.

      President Gordon Gee also tells Columbus-area reporters Wednesday there is "a legitimate question" about how some confirmed violations happened and that Ohio State's athletic compliance system should be fixed if it's not working.

      Tressel was forced to step aside Monday in the midst of an NCAA investigation involving players' sales of game memorabilia.

      Both Gee and Smith heaped praise on Tressel during a March news conference called after it was revealed Tressel had known about the sales for months but never alerted university authorities. Gee said at the time that Tressel's job was safe.

      Jim Tressel has fallen on his sword for his conduct during this affair. Should his boss, who is ultimately responsible for the conduct of the OSU Athletic Dept., resign as well?