Ohio State vacates 2010 wins, puts self on probation
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel quit under pressure after lying to NCAA investigators about violations by his players.
July 8th, 2011
01:20 PM ET

Ohio State vacates 2010 wins, puts self on probation

The Ohio State University announced Friday it is vacating all 12 of its victories from the 2010 football season and placing itself on two years' probation in the wake of a scandal that cost coach Jim Tressel his job.

Tressel resigned under pressure after it was revealed he had lied to National Collegiate Athletic Association officials investigating allegations that Ohio State players had received special benefits from local businesses in Columbus, Ohio.

Several players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, allegedly swapped team and personal memorabilia and equipment for tattoos and other benefits. Tressel became aware of the transactions, which violate NCAA rules, but did not report them on a form all coaches are required to submit.

Five players were suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season.

"We are fully cooperating with the NCAA, and we look forward to working together to bring a resolution to these current matters," Athletics Director Gene Smith said in a written statement.

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The self-imposed sanctions are contained in the university's formal response to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations received April 21. The NCAA could impose its own punishment, which could be more severe.

Tressel and the university also announced they had agreed to recharacterize his departure as a retirement rather than a resignation.

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"I take full responsibility for my mistakes that have led to the ongoing NCAA inquiry and to scrutiny and criticism of the football program," Tressel said in the university's press release. "I am grateful for this opportunity to retire from the university that I so deeply respect and that I will continue to support."

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  1. Thank God I am a Democrat

    As a Penn State fan I shed a tear....of joy!

    July 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • alsgal59

      It's a shme that the joy of knowing you can now all be "winners" is due to an entire team and coach being removed. They did wrong and are paying heavily, bvut none of that takes away the fact that the talent was there and they beat your asses. Get over it!

      July 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. D W McCoy

    Save me the mock resignation. If OSU actually regretted the actions of the players, why did they let them play in the bowl game last year and wait to suspend them this year. Some punishment. Its all about winning and the BUSNIESS of football....

    July 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Illuminati

      My thoughts exactly!

      July 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      You answered your own question and you answered it correctly. It's all about the $$$ and bowl games bring in a ton of it for universities.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAK

      No shiz, sherlock. That's major college athletics, not just OSU. The USC's, OSU's & Miami's of college fb will take the beatings from time to time because what fun is it for the national media to hear that players from Central Tennessee or Indiana State were selling their own personal items or signatures for spending money. IT HAPPENS AT EVERY UNIVERSITY!! If a kid wants to sell HIS autograph or sell an item THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM, he should be allowed.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CSnSC

    That was not Banasy. A troll using her name, you'll learn to spot him. Leaves clues.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. OSU Alumni

    Well if the NCAA keeps investigating all these big power house shools I guess it opens up the Bowl game options for the little schools- they may stop when they don't make as much money off of those bowl games.... Any predictions on who will play in this years BSC Championship?

    July 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Illuminati

      Oregon vs. Bama

      July 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • AVI

      OSU still got caught even if you are in denial. Your words are words of denial. I hope you are not an older person, if you are you haven't learned anything then.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Isn't Oregon being investigated by the NCAA?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • OSU Alumni

      AVI- so if you don't get caught it makes it alright? Not sure I understand yourstatement and possibly you have not learned anything. All I am saying is that my belief is everyone has skeletons in their closets and some worse than others. If close investigations are continued they will be discovered. USC gone, OSU gone, Auburn?, Oregon? and the list goes on. I am far from in denial that OSU players violated the rules I just am not so sure everyone else is so squeeky clean or if there is a larger flaw in the system. Just my beliefs, although I do not consider myself a wise old person yet and nor should you.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thinkfirstyo

    Stories like this are sensationalized. NO CRIME was committed, only violations of arbitrary NCAA rules.

    The kids sold their own property and autographs for tattoos and money. And the coach tried to cover up the violation. That's it.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. NateFromIndiana

    I have to admit my first thought on reading the headline was "Woohoo! Indiana got beat by Ohio State last year, this is the only conceivable way that loss gets wiped off our record...", but my next thought was how it's a rotten shame that with so many millions of dollars of revenue in college sports. people go so over-the-top when any money goes to any of the athletes who are at the root of creating all that wealth. The system isn't fair to the young men and women who work incredibly hard for what turns out for most of them to be a fraction of minimum wage.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • OSU Alumni

      Well said.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpb985

      I agree.–SEC fan.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jsizzle

    so we went 0-10 last year???

    July 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Keith

    Like Pryor wasn't milking it.....and pulled his buddies into it. Tressel knew about it but acted as if it was news to him....these kids in college are more interested in anything other than their schoolwork because the way that kids over the past 20-25 yrs have been raised playing sports are taught to go for the money they can get from getting into the pros, instead of playing it as a TEAM. These guys should NOT be paid as much as they get paid since alot of them it just goes to their head

    July 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Luek

    A child killer gets off scot free, the US economy is in the tank, no end to the useless war in Iraq, peoples homes are getting foreclosed on left and right. And this is major news? Who cares?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Lifetime fan

    Enough!!! Let's get on with the rebuild and let a dead horse have some peace. Fix the holes, but not at the cost of those who did the right things. Don't just write stories to get attention to your company, unless you can prove to all that there are no mistakes in your orginations.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Thinkfirstyo

    If you looked hard enough you would find violations at EVERY school, particularly in the football and basketball programs because of their profitability.

    What would happen if the NFL actually investigated steroid use?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Illuminati

    lol.....alot of good vacating the season is after the fact! Doesnt really help anything now! They should've never played in the sugar bowl.... They need to vacate their National Championship too......Everything Tressel has done is tainted now! Thanks for doing the honorable thing The Ohio State Crook University!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mile Hi Dave

    Ya wanna pay these guys? Let them pay for their education...including "qualifying" for a student loan! Everyone wants a handout these days...geesh

    July 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Garry

    Funny isn't it..they wait until months after the damn Sugar Bowl to do anything, if they had suspended the lying cheating team members, THEN AND their lying Coach it would have been different for Arkansas. Now there is no winner of the Sugar Bowl...
    It would appear Ohio State has lost credibility and most of it's integrity due to what else: $$$$$ The all mighty dollar...

    July 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. jimbo84

    'The" OSU is gambling here – they'll be very fortunate to skate away from the NCAA's hammer with these minor self-imposed sanctions. Look what happened to USC, Boise St, etc...and does anyone really believe that 2010 is the only year the OSU broke rules?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Illuminati

      nope the have been crooked since tressel began! Vacate the National Champioship they won!

      July 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • OSU Alumni

      technically they have probably been crooked since before tressel began as well as every other school in town. I am sure there is one football player on every team who has accepted something of value that he would not have otherwise been offered. How do you know Tressel isn't just the fall guy he did have a boss you know.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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