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Woman accused of stalking football coach

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A woman accused of stalking Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has been jailed on menacing and harassment charges.

University police said Fotoya Hudson, 32, of Columbus, made a dozen phone calls trying to reach Tressel and showed up at his office and the campus hotel where the coach and team were staying.

Campus police Chief Ron Michalec said Thursday that the alleged stalking began Aug. 30.

Hudson showed up at the coach's office at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex and made numerous phone calls to the football office, police said. She also showed up at the Blackwell Inn on campus because she knew that is where Tressel (pictured, above) and the team stay Friday nights before home games.

"For what reason, we don't know at this time," Michalec said.

He said Hudson never threatened to hurt Tressel, his family or the players.

"On Sept. 6 he (Tressel) asked her to cease and desist, to stop making appearances, don't go to the Blackwell and stop the calls," Michalec said.

She did it again just two days later, Michalec said. Police arrested her at the Blackwell Inn the same day and charged her with telephone harassment and menacing by stalking.

Hudson remained in the Franklin County jail on Friday on $105,000 bond.

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