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.
The self-imposed sanctions are contained in the university'sÂ 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."
What a black eye for us Buckeye fans... looking forward to moving past this in a year or two. But I'm well aware that we'll be taking a lot of deserved criticism this fall. I really wish they'd kick all players involved off the team and clean house. We pride ourselves on a respectable program and this is just embarrassing!
To ccm33 – you should consider this a badge of honor. The university did the right thing, albeit a little later than the critics would have liked.
I would have liked to see all players involved kicked off the team, coaches and athletic director fired, and then vacated wins. At that point, I might feel like The University is trying to repair its image. But letting coach 'retire' is just adding insult to injury. ... it's all a bit too late to be respectable. But I'm also angry that we look so foolish and now have to listen to all the banter this year. ...but tomorrow is another day. Things could always be worse!
There is nothing fair about the university and the whole team taking the hit for what a few people did, who definitely knew better. Still, you have got to give OSU itself an A+ for integrity at this point.
A+ for integrity....what a joke that is. Shocking that you feel that way though "ColumbusOhio". Get a clue bro.
You've got to be kidding me - A+ for integrity - you better check out what the OSU president stated a while back. I'm an alum and I say dump every player, coach, and other staff who were connected with this scandal. The NCAA should come up with the punishment - and i blame them to for what has happened to college (aka professional) athletics. This is what happens when athletics becomes the main reason to attend college instead of acquiring an education.
I disagree @laughing@OSU. They did the right thing when they realized the situation. The plays have been suspended and the coach lost his job. What about that indicates not showing integrity?
A+? Perhaps this moves OSU from F to D-. They hired that coach. They didn't manage that coach.
Wow, what a homer you are. OSU is doing nothing more than trying to keep the NCAA off it's back because the misdeeds go deeper than what the public knows. OSU is trying to prevent even deeper sanctions by giving itself a "harsh" sentence that in reality isn't enough.
There is no honor is letting a coach "retire" from a team he drove into the toilet. I guarantee his bank account just got a lot fatter for "retiring" vs getting fired for NCAA violations. The problem is the Buckeye fans are to thick headed with pride to take their lumps. This is the head coach who turned a blind eye. And it was just five players who got caught, that just means they were too stupid and greedy because if those guys were doing it guarantee there were at least twice the amount doing the same thing. In the pros teams like the Yankees and Redwings build a dynasty by throwing cash at the best players and get lambasted for doing so. In college you can't blatantly throw cash at these kids so how do you build a dynasty almost overnight and repeat year after year......cheat. Congrats Buckeyes.
Absolutely! A++ for integrity. Get rid of the phoney NCAA
This is what happens when you spend all your time and energy recruiting thugs. When and if they go down then you go down also.
I don't understand why the whole team was punished. If they were taking steroids which would help their victories then I could understand, but that is not what happened. What those few players did did not affect the ability of the team or the winning percentage. I am not a OSU fan either....we are Penn state!
Well rules are rules I guess.
Because that keeps programs from turning a blind eye to cheating and rules-breaking and then getting off with no punishment other than what an individual player gets. By punishing the program, you give them incentive to prevent cheating rather than implicitly condoning it and later pleading ignorance.
What a bunch of bullsh1t ,look what happened with the subprime garbage give me a F N break!!
Putting oneself on probation is akin to asking a misbehaving three-year old to come up with his own punishment.
Well, they can't be in bowl games for two years, which is going to cost the school millions in revenue.
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It's a start. I think the NCAA will add football scholarship reductions for a few years as well. Personally I would like to see a minimum 2-year ban from football for ANY team thus caught be they powerhouses like Oregon, USC, OSU, Alabama, or small schools like Youngstown State, Hofstra, Southwestern Nowhere Tech, etc.. I think THAT would end the rampant cheating better than wimpy wrist slaps like probation, "retirements" and "self punishments."
Can we keep the Michigan win?
Ignore these other repliers. Of *course* you can keep it. You just can't play with it or anything.
Looks like Nebraska will win the Big 10 this year -:)
So...I'll just assume, since integrity is what it's all about with tO$U right now, they'll act quickly to give back the huge payment they got for playing in the BCS game they weren't actually eligible for? Perhaps they'll donate the money to a worthy charity. I'm sure they're working out the details right now.
You think this is unique to Ohio State? Ever seen all the perks the pampered Nebraska Cornhuskers get?
WOO PIG SOOIE! Serves you right Buckeyes!!!!! Enjoy those tattoos, forever you'll be reminded of your stupidity.
@MarkKrawczyk- STOP YELLING!
@ every Buckeye hater that has posted on this- There are players on every college team, football or otherwise, that do or have done the same exact thing that The Ohio State University players got caught doing. Spend a little bit more time hating your own team for the same violations. No one cares about because your team though because they suck, and the Buckeyes field a great, well coached team every year in every sport.
That's why we need to go to college - to play sports - yes that is our main goal, to field teams that are the best in every sport - let's make sure that is priority #1. It's a shame - what's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear The Ohio State University - not the academics - but the football team. Whose fault is that but the university's itself for propagating the image - academic reputation be damned, we want good football and a highly ranked bowl game to attend (we can always use the excuse that it makes money for the rest of the school). '81 alum
This is not "integrity". Integrity has nothing to do with kicking yourself after you were caught doing something wrong. I wonder how many people outside of Ohio believe this is a real show of integrity.
I do. AND I come from a family of Michigan fans.
adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
informal caught out doing something wrong and therefore in trouble
To me, if they had reported their wrongdoing prior to being caught, that would have been a HUGE display of integrity. Instead, they lied outright. Integrity? Nope...too late for that.