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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    like all universities dont give them free stuff to play sports...cars,money,stuff for their families...

    July 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Good luck with only 2 years!
    How about 10?

    July 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Oh course they are trying to head off a probationary period of longer than two years by "punishing" themselves but ten years is rediculous. The NCAA will make it four, maybe five.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChicagoKid

      If you think that OSU should get 10 years, what do you think North Carolina should get? They committed just about every major infraction possible but no one is really talking about them because they are .500 team at best each year.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlin

      I think everyone at UNC whose involvement can be shown should get fired and the program completely restructured.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oscar D

    Just wait until the conclusion of the NCAA investigation. Then we'll see how deep the rot goes. OSU placed winning befoire honesty and integrity. All OSU faculty, alumni and students should be ashamed.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Oscar, there is no need for the students or faculty to be ashamed. I graduated from OSU a few weeks ago, and if you know how college football works, then you know that 99% of the students at the university have nothing to do with what Tressel does. I agree, Tressel messed up big time, and it was right for him to resign. But there's no need to inflict your hate on the rest of the OSU community.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      All Alumni? Grandpa...curse you!

      July 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJK

      Oh come on just another day in college sports, we all know they all cheat and provide money for all their players in one way or another, is'nt about time to just pay the players above the table for college sports ,it's been going on under the table for decades.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad5013

      If only Oscar D had gone to college, he might just have a brain . . .

      July 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barrie

      Why? Do you actually think that all faculty members, alumni, and students were involved in illegal activities?

      July 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • astuartgirl

      Only the coach should be ashamed for taking advantage of these guys... why take way the victories for one stupid guy's greed?

      July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • OSU Alumni

      I am not ashamed as an OSU alumni- The pride I feel as an alumni goes deeper than a few people who made a big mistake. No one can place blame or determine proper consequences until they have placed themselves in their shoes. It is not as though the acts of these players and the coach were in any direct way related to the talent or wins of the team as a whole. The NCAA system as a whole needs to take a closer look at their own practices and procedures and the pressure the system places on such young individuals. Honesty and Integrity.... its not like they were cheating in the game because they received money for who they are. Yes it is against a policy created by a goup of people and enforced when they see fit, or when it becomes too public that they can't ignore it, but the school as a whole is not somehow scarred and should not be ashamed because of this incident. Stop blowing stuff out of porportion and look around you as this is occurring all the time. Fix the underlying problem and stop just pointing fingers as a whole! Ohio State has a lot to be proud of and that includes their football team.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      really? because a couple of football players sold there jersey? you should be ashamed for being stupid.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • student

      What an ignorant statement. I'm sure the 9,000 + students who earned a diploma this spring feel so ashamed. The OSU football program, while well-known and unarguably a popular part of the Ohio State experience, is a small fraction of what this University is about. The infractions that the program committed were inexcusable but to suggest that the ENTIRE university should be ashamed is quite frankly hilarious. the Ohio BMV has already declared that no special benefits were given by the car dealership so I am interested to see just how "ashamed" the students and faculty should feel.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack


      July 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR


      July 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. guest

    how about the NCAA powerhouse money maker stipends these kids so that they don't feel they have no other choice but to commit illegal acts. The NCAA makes MILLIONS off these kids, and the [slaves] aren't allowed to work or take money...barely have enough money to eat if not on full scholoarships, etc. Come on people.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita


      July 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Stop the crap about the poor students. They know better...they can and should make good decisions. If not, they shouldn't be in college.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bruce

      They knew what they were getting, didn't have to take it.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • 7788

      The kids do get stipends. And because of nutrition plans implemented by most college football programs, free food. So now that Tuition, Room & Board, and Food have been covered, you think they should receive extra money on top of that? For what, to go to the bars and get their teams bad press?

      July 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      How about these kids go flip burgers instead of going to college? Slavery iis non-voluntary, getting discounted tattos is a choice. Oh, last iii looked, NCAA is also voluntary. And what about the 20 other sports? Rarely seee those students doing this stuff. Now shut up and let the grown ups talk.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinkfirstyo

      "illegal acts"???? NOTHING they did was illegal. It was a violation of NCAA rules. That's a significant difference.

      The NCAA is an absolute joke. Calling the players "amateurs"... yeah right. How many amateurs get plastered all over the tv, are forced to do press conferences and interviews, have their jerseys sold with their names printed on the back, etc.

      The NCAA wants to control the money. That is all.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      yeah let them flip burgers! They had a choice! Either be a slave to the school or be poor! THEY HAD A CHOICE. Or they could kill themselves why not.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    Oregon is next...

    July 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      USC, OSU, Oregon...is there a trend? And we all know about Auburn...hear that Texas A&M may be next, especially for their national championship track teams.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinkfirstyo

      Trend? EVERY school has issues like this. Only some get caught.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Peter...you put Texas A&M on the list because they have an outstanding track and field program? Give me a break.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    You can be assured that the right-wing thugs in Washington are just loving this. They receive free gifts and cash for favors,yet nothing happens. It makes me so angry!

    July 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Huskerfan

    Nebraska doesn't.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad5013

      That's only because no one is willing to trade favors for corn husks . . .

      July 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Oh sure! Clean as the dirven snow.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Ya Nebraska sucks. Hook 'Em

      July 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mobetta

      Nah, those corn-fed bib-front jeans-wearin' beefbrains don't do none of dat nohow. Of course, they alums make sure all those Huskers have their libido satisfied with all the sheep they can set up for them. Furnish free rubber boots, too....

      July 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Nebraska doesn't ??? Right! That is what we all said at OSU. It is everywhere. EVERYWHERE!

      July 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. josh

    Notice they didn't forfiet/vacate their bowl "win"

    Once again they don't go far enough on their first attempt.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita

      FOx sports and ESPN are reporting they are also forfieting the bowl win.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • stymie

      I think I read they vacated Sugar Bowl win too.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • student

      let me guess....SEC fan?

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

      Josh... they did! SEC fan for sure. But a win is a win is win! SEC lost that one!

      July 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Peter

    Mr. Tressel...give up the vest...you have been defrocked as less than honest and revealed as totally self-serving. Nice going...the fans of buckeye nation will not take kindly to your actions

    July 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RuffNutt

    Good post banasy,thank you.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fred

    Oscar....as an alumni, I can confirm that many of us are......only the OSU meatheads (of which there are far more than when I was in scholl there) still defend this mess....

    July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • OSU Alumni

      I am definitly not a meat head but you are right that I still defend my school as well should you if you truely appreciate the educaton you received from an outstanding university.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. guest

    I think it's hilarious how people act like these kids are poor. They get scholarship money, grants, and loans just like the rest of us. They don't deserve special treatment for being athletes.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      Not all players are on Scholarships. Many are walk-ons that get nothing, yet they put in the same amount of work as full scholarship players. How are they suppose to support themselves when you are either in class or at practice/games/traveling? I've been in their shoes before playing baseball in college, and it is more than a full-time job. I was lucky enough to have parents that helped me with rent and living expenses.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • OSU Alumni

      Oh not so sure they are just like the rest of us considering that their contributions to the school makes the school and the NCAA a whole hell of a lot of money. Pretty sure I didn't contribute that much to the school. I'm not saying that they should not respect the rules or that many of them are not given a lot of legal benefits, however these are teenagers for the most part and that needs to be kept in mind. Also, a lot of these kids do not have role models (parents) to lead them in the right direction. If you waive a carrot in a horse's face enough it is going to eat it unless someone stops it.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. badger

    "Ruffnutt" must be a fan of the SEC

    July 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. UoFM

    Yeah baby!! Go Blue!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • OSU Alumni

      Ha Ha this is what it really boils down to! Too bad it doesn't mean anything if you beat us now.....it will be a sad game this year.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. greg

    these kids could try to be smart enough to go to college without sports...or work harder at school work in high school. after all, college is there to educate you and make you smarter. sports, while entertaining, are not necessary

    July 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinkfirstyo

      How about the NCAA and NFL have colluded to create and sustain a system through which the only avenue you have to make it to the NFL is through playing in the NCAA.

      Your comment reflects the opinion of someone who is neither athletic nor intelligent and is resentful of others who are more accomplished than yourself.

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