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. GREZ

    Vacating wins is ridiculous. Your punishing the rest of the team for
    the wrong doing of a few players. Kick them off the team and don't
    ruin what the other's accomplished.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy31179

      I agree. You're punishing the entire team.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MarkKrawczyk

    Put the big hurt on a program that shows such blatant disregard for the rules of the game (as set by the NCAA) – make them give back ALL THEIR TICKET REVENUE FOR EVERY GAME VICTORY THAT WAS VACATED AND PUT IT IN A SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THE CONTINUING EDUCATION OF ATHLETES WHO DID NOT GAME THE SYSTEM!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • AR

      Every single college team out there has players that do this. You would be naive to think otherwise. This kind of punishment only happens because they got caught.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • GO BUCKS

      This is all Michigan's fault.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. B

      @GOBUCKS: Absolutely.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jude

    As an OSU alumnus and huge fan of OSU football living in California I am disraught over this entire business. I was a student when Woody Hayes slugged a player and was dismissed. But I stuck with the school and the program.
    I'm very disappointed in the administration, particularly the athletic director (who I think should go) for not providing the proper leadership for these kids, many who come from low income families and neighborhoods to plan at the premier collegiate football school and become overwhelmed with all the hype. (and $$ the university makes off them)
    Since this has happened before....and with the basketball program, I feel big changes in the administration need to take place....starting with the athletic director!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DNADEB

      I definitely agree!! The buck stops at the admin level and they should be the ones taking the punishment! SMith and GEE!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tdr

    What about the money OSU received for participating in a BCS bowl? Why not take that money and give it to one of the non-qualifying conference schools that played by the rules and were denied a BCS bowl? Why not punish them for cheating to get that money? Self-imposed punishment my A$$.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blaze

      That's why OSU and the NCAA waited until AFTER the bowl games...get the money and then sort everything out.

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

      Ur a idiot really, who cares about college football. Man up and play a real sport like chicken wrestling

      July 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • reb362

      Don't assume they played by the rules just because they are small and didn't make a BCS bowl game. When your winning big games, and bringing in the bowl money, crosshairs are going to be on your program for any infraction. Plus, those who felt slighted by your achievements will expend extra effort to bring you down. So don't think that if TCU or any other small program continues to win they won't be investigated for something that the media will condemn before they learn the facts. Example: Congratulations Boise State on your multiple BCS victories, here's a bunch of money, a trophy, a jealous bunch of losers, a tabloid media, and an NCAA investigation for infractions!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MarkKrawczyk

    Meant to also add, I would support the proposition that the NCAA be disbanded and all NCAA football, basketball and baseball programs return to club sports – or pay the scholarship athletes a decent wage as they bring in sooooooo much revenue for the schools. Also, LET'S HAVE A NATIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF AS DOES EVERY OTHER LEVEL OF NCAA FOOTBALL PROGRAM!!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AIMolina

    Maurice Claret is due an apology.....

    July 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dane

      Free education.. Free recognition... college athetes are so spoiled...unbelievable...disgraceful... live in a ghetto. white or black... run fast.. jump high and cant read... yet they open their stupid mouths to get more and damage the hope the little kids have following them... who wants to recruit a future threat?

      July 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jorline

    Double Secret Probation!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • redtailhawkgirl

      🙂 Now that is funny!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MarkKrawczyk


    July 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • steveinmo

      hey mark....since you sound like a man that seeks fairness.....why don't they just blow up the whole program over 5 guys getting tattoes and selling merchandise they had been given and a coach who thought he could handle the problem without involving anyone else. god, what a bunch of criminals huh!!! you're an idiot!! michigan fan i would guess or some loonie from the SEC!!!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alexx

    Fk the ncaaa

    July 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Timmer

    Would the school consider donating the $ millions made from their appearance in the 'vacated' bowl game to a charity? Sounds like ill-gotten gains should not be used by the university. It wouldn't be 'just a number', it would be a valid penalty. 5 or 10 years from now, Buckeye Nation will still hang their hats on the victories in the 2010 season, beating Michigan, Arkansas, etc. Vacating their wins is just lip service.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Other Michael in Houston

    Grez, youhave a point but when a coach of a program does something stupid like this, the whole program pays for it. If you remember, before Tressell got caught, the only punishment was against the five players, after finding out about the coach knew about it, now it is the whole program. I am an alumni The Ohio State University and I was deeply sadden about what happened, but we got what we deserved. The only problem I have know and letting Tressel put "retired" on his resume instead of "fired" is ridiculous. Tressel damaged the integrity of the Program and should not be allowed to benefit.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Swampdog

    So does this mean Ohio State has still never won a game against an SEC opponent... and the losing streak continues...

    July 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • steveinmo

      CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT SWAMPRAT!!! they won and you just can't stand it. should we all reverse auburns wins because they played newton all year. what a farce!!!!! your day is coming...how about the 4 felons that played on the team??

      July 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. B

      Maybe on paper, but not on the field.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack

    What a coward, just wanted the money. OU can compete with the SEC even cheating.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Big_D

    They should return the revenue from the TV to the colleges that didn't cheat.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. studdmuffins

    It is the right thing to do. Take responsibility, take the lumps, move on with the program. The 2012 target will be off the back of the incoming coach and staff. Recruiting may suffer but that's part of the lumps and the program can be restructured for success once again.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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