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'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."
Did they buy Pryor's parents a house?
another one bites the dust
Big deal! Who cares! Stop the show, please.
Death penalty a cometh – or something close to it.
Ohio State will be Babied by the NCAA nothing is going to happen. NCAA just HATERS on the PAC 10 conf.
Death Penalty!!!!!!!!! If they can do it to SMU, OSU deserves the same.
In the 1980's a small private school called Southern Methodist University was given the "Death Pentalty" by the NCAA for doing the same thing. They did not have the following or the TV draw of an Ohio State. So there must be a double standard that a large state university can simply slap them selves on the hand and promise never to do it again....until next time.
I think the 1980s is a stretch for demonstrating a double standard. You may be right.. it probably is a double standard.. but when I was a kid soda pop only cost a nickel so a 25 year old ruling is pushing it.
Just think of the other college coaches salivating at the possibility of getting Ohio St.'s recruits. Of course they will bow their heads and say all the right things but you know damn well they're screaming in their rooms. "We got a chance, we got a chance".
this reminds me of clem haskins. ex-coach of university of minnesota golden gophers basketball. the ncaa placed harsher sanctions on the university. they should do the same to ohio. need accountability. let statis quo prevail. if not ncaa is a joke.
This is still such a BS story. These turd kids sold shirts and autographs for tatoos...big freak'n deal.
I'm so glad someone said this. A bunch of 18-22 year old's decided to profit on their fame. That's a shocker. Who wouldn't? I wish I could be selling my autograph for stuff... until the next lifetime.
Hey E. Gordon Gee, maybe the Little Sisters of the Poor can help you. TCU....
THIS IS ABSURD! Regardless of what the guys did off the field, they still won. What? Does this make Bowling Green suck less? Or the University of Miami less of a swer pit for college football? This is stupid. Lets move on!
So some kids make a buck or two or get a free tat. Big deal. Meanwhile the NCAA makes hundreds of million dollars of the backs of these unpaid 'amateurs'. That's the real crime.
Michigan State should have been in the Rose Bowl!!!
Michigan State lost the three-way tie with Wisconsin and Ohio State. If there was no OSU, Michigan State would have won the tie break, and been in the Rose Bowl.
Their trading for tattoos doesn't change the fact that they were just better. Win more games and you wouldn't have to whine.
How much was OSU paid by shoe companies and apparel companies for exculsive rights? Did the players have a choice in what to wear? Did they get any of the money? Obviously no. The NCAA are the biggest hypocrites in sports.
I am an alumnus and a fan. I am taking this personally. I'm disappointed with Coach Tressel. I'm disappointed with Ohio State. I'm disappointed with the so-called "boosters" who were complicit in the violations. I'm disappointed with the NCAA and their double standards. And I'm disappointed most of all with the players. It's going to be hard for them. Every time they look at those tattoos, for the rest of their lives, they will be reminded of what they did and the damage it caused. I hope they got the lesson this time, so they won't have to go through this kind of thing again later in life.