If the allegations are true -- and, at the moment, there's no reason to believe they're not -- the NCAA prosecutors aren't likely to go easy on Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.
They say he lied. They say he cheated. They say he behaved in a most deceptive, distasteful and dishonorable way in the wake of the tattoos-for-jerseys scandal involving several of his players last season.
And unless Ohio State can concoct some reasonable defense for his actions, Tressel might soon be asked to clean out his office.
The NCAA suits probably will insist, or at least strongly suggest, that Tressel be dismissed from his duties. They'll do so by making the Buckeyes an offer they can't refuse, something like: Dump the coach and we'll won't kill your program.
So as much as Ohio State wants to stand by its man -- a coach who has compiled a 106-22 record that includes the 2002 national championship and nine victories in 10 games against arch-rival Michigan -- Tressel's days in Columbus could be numbered.
Then what? Then Urban Meyer.
Makes sense, doesn't it? Meyer is a native Ohioan, born in Toledo and raised in Ashtabula. He was a graduate assistant at Ohio State under Earle Bruce. And while coaching at Utah, he had a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave if offered the job at Notre Dame, Michigan or Ohio State.
True, he cited health problems that included burning pains in his chest when he left Florida after the 2009 season. He wore a noticeably relieved expression as he announced his resignation. He said he was looking forward to more time with his family and a life with significantly less stress.
But he's only 46, and he has never ruled out coaching again.
Why not at Ohio State, where he could return home to a hero's welcome and, if he does there what he did at Florida, become a Buckeye legend? I know, I know ... Meyer's daughter, Nicki, sent out a tweet recently that read: "HE IS NOT repeat NOT GOING TO OHIO STATE." But, as Miami Dolphins remember, Nick Saban once said the same thing about going to Alabama.
So we'll see.
We'll see if Tressel's trouble costs him his job. And if it does, we'll see if Ohio State courts Meyer, immediately or after a season with an interim coach. Then we'll see if Meyer, now working for ESPN, really wants to coach again.
Because if he does, this is the job he wants.
This is a job he'd take.