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. Big Game James

    Cam would've beat Ohio State.

    July 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    For all of you out there saying athletes get paid with the opportunity to graduate, the use of free tutoring, seperate dorms, and other preferred treatment, I agree BUT are you ignorant to the fact that poor old in debt because of loans,regular housing, study on your own students all benefit from these sports programs and the money they generate. Take them away and go back to small campuses, with less educational facilities and run down buildings. Your tuition and donations only go so far. Also give back all the money these successful athletes donate back after they so "unjustly used" the University. And the Ohio State athletes broke no laws,they sold items given to them, they didn't do drugs,no point fixing, or beating up of anyone. I guess all you freaks having "garage sales" better realize your doing the same thing, selling items GIVEN to you. I'd feel worse selling items at a garage sale because most of those items were given at Holidays, Birthdays, Weddings, etc....by family and friends who spent hard earned money and put thought into these items! I bet you don't feel bad about the money you made why should the athletes!!

    July 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZysPsyk

      Usually in a garage sale you sell things you purchased and no longer need. Go back to being a rent to own furniture person.

      July 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      I don't know where you get the notion that college athletics pays for college academics. Most universities athletic programs do not generate an annual profit. I just graduated from a small state school in TX with enrollment of about 10,000. Athletics takes money out of everyone else's pocket. All students have to pay fees for intercollegiate athletic programs. Maybe 400 students at the school are involved with athletic programs in any given year. All parking tickets are used to pay scholarships for student-athletes, even though the university has a shortage of parking and no plans to build new lots.

      FWIW, our school has excellent academic facilities and none of the money for those came from 'famous athletes' giving back to the school. And we don't need athletics to be proud of our school either. I am proud that it ranked among the best teacher-education, nursing, and agricultural programs in the state.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Are you kidding me? The coaches, atleletes & their PARENTS, know that selling this stuff or trading for "favors" is TOTALLY AGAINST THE RULES!!! Coaches talk to new recruits EVERY year about this, & they also revisit it every season. Until it is LEGAL to do so, & I believe there will soon be a time that college atheletes WILL get some sort of compensation, the standing RULES are LAW, PERIOD! To those who were involved, you deserve the suspensioms & Ohio State deserves whatever sanctions that are levied.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LanaS

      I totally agree with you!! I am an OSU fan and it pained me that they were receiving such harsh sanctions for selling or bartering their own items. They did not steal them. I think that athletes on scholarships should get a stipend.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • NMGrrL

      Brian, the major difference between athletes selling "perks", and my having a garage sale to sell stuff someone gave me is this: Athletes KNOW it's against NCAA rules to take the "perks" to begin with, and selling them is also a major violation of the rules.

      Anyone who thinks a university would die, financially, without a football program does not have a very realistic view of the revenue stream of major universities. Schools have survived just fine without football teams (SMU?). Their primary purpose is research and education, NOT entertainment and athletic events.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy

      what a bunch of hogwash

      July 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberte

      Nice essay, Brian, but the rules are the rules. Coaches can abide by them, try to change them, or break them and pay a penalty.

      July 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Game James

    Cam would've got his tattoos for free.

    July 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    Thanks Big Game James for stating what so many don't want to realize, "THe Ohio State University" football team and it's student athletes were better in 2010 than the 10 teams they will be vacating there wins to.

    July 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZysPsyk

      Right! They finally finished a season with a win against the SEC! 1-8 in the last 10 years BOOYAH!

      July 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. conoclast

    When will we recognize that college athletes are already "professional" and treat them as such, so we can finally put all these who-sold-what scandals behind us and enjoy the game? If one receives compensation for services rendered one is professional by definition; what makes tuition as a form of compensation any different from hard cash?

    July 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZysPsyk

      Because there are things called "rules". deal with it.

      July 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerm

      I totally agree.

      July 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ahmet


    July 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      That's the most nonsensical thing in this entire thread.

      July 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ZysPsyk

    OSU joins the ranks of great teams to have 0-something seasons! Florida might be jealous since theres came from just being terrible.

    July 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. YouBetcha25

    All in all, the University's decision to pay off Tressel for $250,000 (vacated fine) and give him a plum retirement package, will probably serve them well when he sits down in front of the NCAA. Good economics when you think about it.

    July 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. andya

    I wish the NCAA would take back there bowl win and give back all the money that they got for illegally playing Pryor.

    July 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I don't like your use of the word "Illegal". The NCAA knew the rules he violated, he had been sanctioned already, and THEY said he could play. Blame the system for wanting to make the football game an interesting one (money for tickets etc) than keeping up the "integrity" of the NCAA in general.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trevor

    Cheaters never win. Ohio=Losers

    July 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Justin

    OSU deserves the DEATH PENALTY!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carl

    Here is something most of you don't realize....my brother was a student athlete @ a big ten school. I was an athlete @ a big ten school. You travel alllll over the country. You eat all your meals free. Disneyworld lets you in for free. You have Nike give you free equipment and clothing every year. The glory of doing something you love all the time. The perks are incredible. You don't need paid! Don't taint the game. Look what has happened to the professionals. Great, let's have immature college students getting money to flaunt around campus. That would be completely destructible!!!!!! Keep it real!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnFromOhio

      And don't let them keep jerseys, etc. along with the trinkets until graduation or termination. This stuff is all over sports bars in Ohio. You know that a lot of them don't really want it if they'll give it up for a few hundred dollars.

      July 9, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    ZysPsyk talking about "rules" didn't you guys just have the NCAA in for breaking "rules" how soon we forget! You probably will add a win to your 2010 record and be happy about it, this is the only way you could have beat us "cry babies"!!! Go back to your rent to own LAZY boy in your rent to own MOBILE home and watch replays of the "Fab Five" those upstanding athletes from "annie arbor". When was the last time you had a real team of any kind up there? Stop hating "winners" and go visit the only ferocious wolverines in the state, in a michigan zoo!!! We will still win 9 or 10 games this year, GO BUCKS!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. justfaxs

    Fact. Highly talented black atheletes are not poor when entering college. Momma has been collecting on jr's talents long before signing on to a college. So, the question is why bother with petty tattoos and risk your good name. Let's all look back at the last 10 great college atheletes and I bet 9 got in some petty snafu like osu's boy.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. andy

    OSU has been like this for years.
    the athletes have other kids take their drug tests
    drug use is rampant,half the players have aids.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
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