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. Liberte

    P.S. If a college cannot survive without athletic rule violations, it should close and let the state convert it into a penitentiary.

    July 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      Wow. Dumbest comment ever.

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

      OSU does not care about academic standards, cheating, it's players and especially NCAA violations. It cares about the MONEY the program generates, period. You really think OSU athletic dept higher ups didn't know about the violations? They did what any big money university would do. They let it continue as long as they could get away with it, made as much money as they could while they were winning then when they finally got caught made it look like they are trying to make up for it by giving back their wins. If they are really sorry they will give back all the profit they made in 2010 as well. If they do that, I will believe they are sorry. yea right, and monkeys might fly out of my.....

      July 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s baxxerley

    Did the players achieve academic standards? How much would a collegiate player earn if colleges had to pay the going rate?

    July 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cwilli

    I could care less about OSU, but once again the penalty should follow any and all who are found guilty, not the entire team. Why penalize everyone for a few idiots. If OSU wants to keep Tressel, they should get the penalty, if another school picks him up, then they should get the penalty. NCAA stop punishing the hardworking innocent and hold only those guilty parties responsible. Why not penalize every sport at OSU, according to their philosophy.

    July 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dfausett

      How much less could you care?

      July 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Schwendler

    If OSU is attempting to deflect more serious penalties from the NCAA, including the deserved Death Penalty, I hope they don't get away with it. My issue with NCAA penalties is they tend to punish those who are left behind and those entering the program of the punished school. Instead, why not ban the coach from any college-level position for a standard five years, and a fine. If the students broke NCAA rules, then they should forfeit their scholarship and have to re-imburse the school. But why punish the program itself, which means a succeeding coach and new players who did nothing wrong?

    July 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric P.

    Student Atholetes

    July 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr. B

    Its amazing to see all the immature comments on here.. OSU got caught doing something that most schools are probably doing as well.. Not one person in this discussion can say otherwise.. If it were any other school, the same comments would be posted, only about that school. So the hell what if a few players hocked their stuff for some perks and the coach was turning the other cheek? Yea it was against NCAA rules, and now they are punished. So now its time for the rebuilding. New coach, some eager freshman and veteran Buckeyes ready to take the field with something to prove.. I can't wait. GO BUCKS!!

    July 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • AA _MAIZE

      @Mr. B. Perhaps your comments are the most immature I have read tonight. What a homer you are. You are the guy who argues with a policeman over a speeding ticket while others speed past your pulled over vehicle. Put down your Mom's keyboard and get back in your room. You left your XBox on.

      July 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • heliocracy

      Anyone who's attended a major university knows that this stuff goes on all the time, at all schools, and only a small percentage get caught in any given year...so it's actually worth the risk. This time, it was OSU that got caught, that's all. In a few years when the heat's off, it will resume until next time.

      July 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. arch

    Has anybody heard whether or not OSU has given back the millions of dollar they received from their bowl victory? If they are giving up the wins, then they should also have to give all that money plus any other monies they have received from last season associated with their wins! This was done to try and get the ncaa to look at them in a different light. True be told, the ncaa should void all their wins for each year they can prove OSU, (players, coaches, etc.), violated the rules. That could possibly go back about 8 years! If the ncaa does do something like that they should also make the school pay back all the monies plus interest!! What the board should do is tell the president of the U to fire the A.D., then the board should fire the president, then the state should fire all the board members!! Start with a clean slate from all the way at the top to the total bottom. FSU did the self-imposed crap and got nothing out of it, but more penalties and they crime was some jocks cheating on an on-line class in which the assistant teacher helped them with their test. Had nothing to do with the coaches in any of the sports, but they had to nail Bowden by taking away wins! Pretty stupid. Tressel, however, was totally involved in this mess along with the players and they should be held accountable. Maybe a civil suit of some sort. The school is close to the death penalty, which isn't out of the questions because of all the junk they have done now and in the past! Yes, cam newton and Auburn should get hung also, but it probably will not happen. It's unfortunate that the new student-jocks are the ones that get hung. This has to change. Tressel and those other jerks are probably laughing right now because they know nothing will happen to them, just like Carroll, Bush, Mayo at usc. Maybe the fans should get a class action suit going against the coach and players. Make life for them crappy like they have done to the school and fans!! By the way, Stewart Mandel is worthless as a sportswriter! He's another joke!

    July 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anthony

    I'm so tired of people who say athletes are being cheated, they need to get paid, etc. THEY ARE getting paid. They are getting a free education and free room and board. I sent my son to a Big Ten school and have $80,000 in college loans to show for it and that doesn't include the $20,000 paid out-of-pocket. Every time I hear someone say they need to get paid I cringe because my son and I would have been more than happy to let the school make all that money for the benefit of getting a 4 or 5 year free ride to college. All he had to do was throw, punt, kick or shoot a ball real well and he would have saved me about $100,000!! So if athletes think their being cheated let them talk to parents AND STUDENTS who are looking at 20-30yrs worth of loan payments. I'm 55 and will paying off his loans until I'm 80 and he himself has $22,000 in loans. So PLEASE, get real everyone. These college sports stars in many cases are from families that could not afford 4-5 years of a college education. But because they can play sports they are getting a free education that my son and I had to pay $100,000 for! They are getting paid. They got the good deal. My son and I and parents like me who do not have kids that play sports at an all star level are the ones who got taken. Taken ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK!!!! We would have traded places with those pampered athletes and their spoiled families who are complaining, anytime.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herb

      boo hoo!! give me a break!!! these kids make enormous amount of money FOR these big ten schools that actually HELP PROVIDE a great education for spoiled kids like your son! Your son should be paying for his own schooling! why are YOU stuck with the debt? YOU got taken to the bank for buying into the BS system in the first place! at least these "overpaid" student athletes have a skill, and are there to try and make it to the professional level; while your poor son gets drunk before every game, get's bad grades, and relies on his dad to pay his student loans....haahahhaha

      July 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jdk

    What a joke. Vacating wins – what's that prove? Nothing, that's what. It takes a lot of nerve to think that is enough punishment for a football program running roughshod over the rules.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jeannettelj

    Why do coaches, players, and most politicians always have to have their mouths open? Never fails!!

    July 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    Cheaters... If your are really serious give the 60 mil you made last years to academics...

    July 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big10Fan

      What OSU and Tressel did deserves the death penalty. More than SMU did and now OSU is trying to escape with their self imposed penance.

      July 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. It's Too Late Now

    Seems like OS is trying to hide other things. Why else would they take such actions other than hoping to keep the NCAA from digging deeper?

    July 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Angela

    Normally I would say it's a fitting punishment, but this time I feel completely different. The punishment does not turn back the block on last season it only brings the questions "what if". For those teams who didn't get to play games they should have or lost out on chances for victories it no longer like a fitting punishment.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Big Game James

    Cam looks better in his Polo sweater vest.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. andy

    gene smith needs to resign,or ncaa will make him.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
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