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. Big Game James

    Cam beat your team!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. stan

    I competed one year on a varsity sport(swimming) that included 2 scholarships spread across the entire team. where only a handfule actually received any assistance. We have a 90 minute practice in the morning and a 3 & 1/2 hour pracrtice in the afternoon. I quit swimming after the first year because I could not keep my grades up with trying to juggle study time with practice time. Our coach was reported and sanctioned for giving a foreign swimmer a coat because he was from the tropics and never had one, did not bring one to the states with him. I think the entire NCAA system takes too great of an advantage of these young athletes without any compensation. They are not amatures. They are generating hundreds of millions of dollars per year, it just doesn't go into their pockets. It goes into everyone else's pockets. I think if you are a product that others will generate money and a living off of, then calling you an amature is stretching the ideals. Some of this revenue should go to pay these athletes an allowance. I had to work in fast food while studying and swimming at the same time. I do not think there is anything wrong with modest allowances given what these athletes provide to the system, as well as the rest of America who tunes in to watch them play their games.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SoCalDave727

      Perhaps the solution is to do away with collegiate sports altogether...

      July 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alert Citizen

      I agree with you! The amount of money universities earn off these sports, there is nothing wrong if students are legally paid a share of it. You may pay them that after they graduate in the form of a CD, but they deserve the monetary gain!

      July 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      F THAT SO CAL!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpb985

      I attended Indiana University in the early 60's and lived in a dorm with many members of IU's swimming team. The work that those swimmers put in was unreal. IU at the time, had national championship caliber teams, and I was amazed at the hours the swimmers spent in training. They would return to the dorm just before the kitchen closed and still had hours of study ahead of them. Their day then started very early with more training.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Caleb

    Maybe I'm not the first person to point this out (Sorry, I can't go back through all the comments one by one.), but Ohio State will vacate 12 wins from the 2010 season.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • OnceFromOhio

      LOL. Ohio (MAC) and Eastern Michigan (MAC) do not count as real games

      July 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    Way to go Toilet Paper!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. XPSU

    OSU is a good school! Just too many football players with tattoos.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. artrain

    "swapped team and personal memorabilia and equipment for tattoos"
    For tattoos, what a brilliant mind.................

    July 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. John

    So I guess that makes MSU the 2010 Big Ten champion! 3-way tie of U-W, MSU, and OSU becomes two-way tie of U-W and MSU – and MSU beat U-W. Too bad OSU didn't fess up and do this in time for MSU to have gotten its rightful place in the Rose Bowl. Go Green, Go White!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike

      you're forgetting about Purdue, big guy...

      July 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Richard

    Just another dumba** that thought he was better than the system. He should have been fired and not allowed to retire. The real players that played with their hearts are the real losers. The players that violated the rules should have been kicked out of the school.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Freebird

    It was a rule that shouldnt have been there in the first place. The stuff should be there's to do as they please. If they can make money signing autographs, thats on the people to do as they please with there money. What the NCAA needs to do is remove there rules that dont belong there in the first place, and realize a coach is to coach a team and be part of a team...not to be a snitch ratting on his players...*a buckeye in kentucky*
    Freebird

    July 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • joe

      At first I thought "hmm, another college football fan wanting some mercy for the poor players..." but then I saw the grammar. Nope, probably just another buckeye fan defending his team no matter what THEIR sins are.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dave

    sweet. SO the MN Gophers didn't lose 10-52 last year against Ohio State and are now 3-6 in the big ten in 2010.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jshortie

    No, no, no no!!! Not so fast my friends! Let's let the NCAA invoke sanctions in the way of fines: Let's try 3 years probation, a significant loss of scholarships on the football side over a 3 year period, and now you can vacate the victories. This is supposed to hurt, not some self-induced band aid that bears no significance discomfort. I also like the idea of the television and bowl money being sent to the big ten for sharing amongst the other member schools.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DZ

      I thought they do share profits (Big Ten Network) and I believe that is one of the reasons Nebraska joined...larger revenue shares.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Walken1

    So does that mean that Ohio State will lose some of its scholarship slots over the next several years as was the case with USC?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Rodney

    Why don't we just let college athletes borrow as much money as they need from banks and regulate it? I have friends who were borrowing tons of money while in medical and law school. They were getting 50K to live on, above their tuition and books. The money is easy to borrow and the banks know they will pay it back given their future income potential. This would relieve financial responsibility from the schools and allow top tier student athletes to hone their skills while in school just like a high level professional would.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Go USF Bulls

    The recent SouthPark episode says it all. The NCAA & colleges are completely wrong for bleeding college players. And I'm not even a Ohio State fan.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mightyfudge

      Bleeding?!? I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would love to start their lives/careers without being tens of thousand dollars in debt with student loans. These student athletes get free room, board and tuition for four sometimes five years. If that's bleeding, cut me up.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Many of these players on scholarship would not be allowed to enroll if it wasn't for their athletic ability. Therefore, as they take seats away from academic students, it cuts both ways. They know the rules. NO Effen Freebies! That means nothing that is not also available to any other student at the school. If they do not graduate with a legit degree, who's fault is that? If they don't like the rules, let them enroll in a school without NCAA oversight.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robert S Leach

    Just proves how much everyone outside the state of Ohio is jealous of the Buckeyes,
    Not a big deal we know we won,

    GO BUCKS

    July 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mightyfudge

      Have you ever left your state? You'd be surprised to find that the rest of America doesn't smell like an open sewer.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • B. Urning Couch

      Funny, that's exactly what Mike Garrett said about USC and their violations before he got canned.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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