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. alchmist

    Perhaps instead of probation, the NCAA should require OSU to give back all the money they earned from the 2010-2011 bowl season. If all the wins are vacated, then OSU should not have been eligible to go to a bowl game, and therefore should not be allowed to earn any money from a bowl game.

    I'll bet that make a bigger impact than probation and fix the problem permanently around the college ranks.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      . . . and, all those who went to the bowl game should sue Ohio State for all expenses.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      The punishment is solely for Ohio State, and they saw the NCAA Freight Train coming. The money paid for bowl appearance is shared equally across the conference, and I see no reason to punish schools that are playing by the rules, whatever those rules may be.

      July 9, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • fyi

      just so you know OSU is a money making machine and could cut a check today to pay back any money they earned. But it's a business and giving back the money would not make business sense.

      July 9, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Kind of like committing a robbery, saying you are sorry, but still want to keep the money.

      July 9, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bimmler

      I could not agree more!! You are spot on. The entire NCAA DIV 1 "thing" is a national embarrassment and a joke. DEATH TO THE BCS.

      July 9, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Trading stuff for a TATTOO? Not for a critical need but a flipping tattoo? The spin people keep putting on it is that it was for things he needed. What a joke!

      July 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    OSU is evil.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • 12thdimension

      Football is a juvenile sport. In my opinion football is a stupid sport for mentally challenged people.

      July 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. areyoumorons

    i agree, without a financial component, that has a targeted and direct impact on OSU football, then there really is no teeth in any action against the university. this is clearly a matter of financial motivation, in an arena where finances are shadowy at best. if there is a way to penalize OSU sports without hindering the overall academics, that should happen.

    July 9, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank from Detroit

    Buckeye's, loooooooooooosers!!! Go Blue!!!!

    July 9, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • stsystems

      won't help "blue" any Frank, we still will own you!!!

      July 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Terry

    I look forward to Ohio State being banned from actually playing games for the next two years, but the NCAA will not make that happen. The only way to stop colleges from committing these infractions is to shut the program down for two or more years, and send a message to all the other programs to clean-up their acts.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. RON


    July 9, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      If you seriously believe this is only because of 5 players and 1 cheating coach you have not been following the story. OSU is imposing the self penalty in hopes that they don't get what they deserve. The rule breaking has been going on since Tressel was an assistant. He carried it with him to Youngstown and put it into full action when he arrive back at OSU. What is more worrisome is that it would still be going on if it were not for the Tatoo joint getting caught up in other illegal dealings.

      July 9, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Paula

    Well, how long can Gene Smith stay on??? The more he speaks, the more ignorant he sounds – clean house, start over, all stinks

    July 9, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    They still won those games...

    July 9, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • KD

      Not according to their records. All their wins are vacated.
      And hey, it's easy to win if you're CHEATING.

      July 9, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom


      Seriously do you think OSU was cheating? They were breaking the rules, and then trying to cover up the rules. But the rules broken don't have ANYTHING to do with the playing of the game. The NCAA said that Pryor et al were allowed to play in the bowl game. I'm not saying OSU didn't break the rules but seriously cheating implies an unfair advantage. If OSU/players/coach never once broke any of these rules, they still would have won all the games they did win last year.

      July 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carole

      The Bucks were awesome and our record proved that. We can give back the games all day, doesn't matter. Besides, let's throw old Blue a bone...., it may be the only way they can beat us:)

      July 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phil in Oregon

    Doesn't that make Oregon #1? OSU was the only team to beat them.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • stsystems

      no ... Still losers! 🙂

      July 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ricardo

    I hear this word "cheating" cheating" and "cheating"....but accepting a tattoo in exchange for your Championship RIng doesnt make you RUN FASTER....

    the REAL question that everyone is avoiding is with the coaches signing multi million dollar contracts for their kids to wear a certain SHOE, HELMET or UNIFORM brand, the University making MILLIONS in TV Deals and millions MORE in BOWL money....

    why would these kids give up something that should be cherished like a Championship Ring !?!? Because they have NO MONEY !! The NCAA operates a stipend system from 30 years ago !! These kids generate BILLIONS of dollars YET something as simple as an extra summer JOB is a VIOLATION ....and everyone jumps on the "cheater" bandwagon.

    What Reggie Bush did and the amount of money involved was BLATANT and showed a total disregard for his University who BELIEVED "his side" of the story, stuck with him and suffered greatly for it.....but believe me he was ALREADY FAST before he took the money from the agent.

    Now we have a COACH and UNIVERSITY (Ohio State) that were INVOLVED in the cover up and KNEW (unlike USC)...NOW lets see if the NCAA is CONSISTENT with its punishments (which I doubt)

    July 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. txgi307

    You mean THE Ohio State University, right?

    July 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. william mccharen

    worst than what Pearl did !!!!

    July 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. darcy

    billions go to ncaa and schools and the players are exploited and used...time to pay college players something

    July 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • darcy

      it doesn't have to be a lot but maybe i nice living for being a student athelte so they don't have to sell their keepsakes or take money from agents and boosters

      July 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    (1) Correct statement that trading a tat of items or cash for items dose not make someone a better athlete.
    (2) The NCAA rules violated made the players not eligible to play. Fielding an ineligible player is cheating!
    (3) Players on scholarship may not make millions, but they are well compensated compared to the ordinary college student. Imagine a full ride being worth $10K per year in loans, to be paid back at 8% over 20 years. That makes the 4 year scholarship worth quite a bit (something like $180K).
    (4) Much of the money made by these big time programs in their signature sports like football go to funding the balance of their athletic programs. Giving many more student athletes the chance to get a college education. Most student athletes get a degree and obtain careers they may not otherwise get or at a minimum would pay on student loans for many years.
    (5) Either way you can't forgive the breaking of rules because you don't like the rules. You work to change them and follow them until they are changed.
    (6) It also appears there is more to it than just trading items for goods. The question is how many of these players chose OSU due to what was going on. Based on coach's history he was using questionable recruiting practices at best.

    July 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
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