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. Johnson

    Well, these are self imposed penalties. I assume the NCAA will to ban them from bowl games and limit their scholarships for the next few years as well... they will have to if they want to retain any sort of legitamacy when it comes to enforcement of ethics vilolations. I assume Auburn will be on the chopping block next – their offenses have been the worst by far, so I can't imagine what the NCAA will do to them when they finally get around to it.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • juel

      Usc did nothing compared to these Ohio state clowns

      July 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • osu

      i don't believe auburn is even being investigated...

      July 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Boadwd

    Doesn't even scratch the surface – time to start yanking scholarships, minimum number is 30 as per precedent.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gerc

    USC had ONE student involved, OSU had several. USC headcoach not involved, OSU headcoach lied and tried to coverup. And no loss of scholarships and no bowl ban? Incredible! Looks like phony justice to me.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • RussT

      Again, USC dodge the issue for 5 years not 7 months...

      July 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      In that case let's let Tommy Trojan stab the bad guys with his prop sword. – Or maybe trample them with his horse...

      July 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't be blind.

      The coach is being used a scapegoat to protect the players and he resigned in an effort to protect the players. That protection apparently worked.

      This kind of stuff is not just happening at OSU. It's happening on other campuses that sell a lot of merchandise for their sports teams. Just because they haven't been caught doesn't mean it's not happening. OSU just happened to be the first one actually caught red handed and will be made an example of.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GordonGEEk

    the only thing keeping Gee in town is the richest man in town. The only thing keeping smith around is that he likes the white chicks he sees at OSU.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. poopy head

    Anyone ever see Blue Chips? Every team in the NCAA does this stuff. Why is this news. These players would trade there own family members for a few good times if they could. Coaches will go to whatever lengths to keep the kids happy. I say who cares, let them bring disgrace to the school, the staff, themselves. Morality has no place in the NCAA I guess. Give the players all the drugs, money, and white chicks they want. All they want is everything to excess. And for a few victories well give it to them.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      True, it's all about the greed and lack of integrity.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Realist

    BS. Self imposed minimal punishment trying to head off bigger penalties from NCAA. Note how they quietly rescinded the 250K penalty for Tressel and resignation is now retirement. What a travesty and bad example for our youth.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |

    The NCAA should take what they did to USC and do the same with Ohio State. If not it will show that the NCAA only cares about hitting the big schools like USC. Look every school does it. Just kids get lazy and show it off more then before. USC Trojans Fight On.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCKeene

      Ummm...Ohio State is bigger then USC.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    I understand it's important to maintain integrity and fairness for the NCAA, but I think the punishment and outcome was disproportionate to the offenses. Personally, I think the NCAA is simply trying to make an example out of OSU to discourage these acts among other teams, something which snowballed into OSU trying to wipe their hands clean by further punishing the team.

    I know Tressel was clearly wrong in his acts, but given how close he was to the players, him not reporting the players would be akin to a parent not reporting their child downloading music illegally to the police (and then the parent putting the children up for adoption because "he's not a good role model"). Regardless, this is all a shame.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Copperhead

    The NCAA should drop the charade and go "pay for play".

    July 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ar

    Preposterous. How did this effect their performance on field? This is cheating? Every college player is on steroids, but the only ones who are "cheaters" are the poor kids who tried to enjoy being famous. Heaven forbid that anybody but the NCAA should profit from 4 years of these boys' brutal labor.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. art vandolaye

    I paid a bunch of money on ebay for some OSU player's jersey in 2010. Can paypal refund my money? -Art

    July 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve P.

    OSU can vacate all the 2010 victories it likes in their CYA efforts attempting to impress the NCAA.
    They won't ever be able to vacate that loss to the Badgers. On WI.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • i.e.

      Keep spouting off...there's not a single program that could survive this kind of scrutiny unscathed, including yours. It's just a matter of time...

      July 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jesse

    The NCAA made an example of USC to show exactly what they would do to schools that break the high standards they set...if they do not punish OSU in the same way they will lose all credibility...just another group of corrupt officials. OSU will have to lose scholorships and be banned from bowl games for at LEAST three years if anyone is going to take the NCAA seriously..

    July 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Haitian4life

    The NCAA makes tons of money on these players, NCAA official should impose penalties on themselves.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RT

    Notice how the self-imposed penalties don't do anything to affect OSU's bottom line. No loss of future bowl games. No loss of scholarships which might affect future team performance and potentially reduce fan interest and fan spending. Only giving up games on which they've already made their cash, and a two year probation that has no effect on the bottom line. Pathetic. I hope the NCAA imposes sanctions similar to those imposed against USC.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
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