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. Turtle

    This is so stupid. Got rid of the coach and should get rid of the players that are guilty. Now punish the fans? Gee thanks for that.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • OSUWannabe

      I agree. Cut out the bad parts, and let's play football!

      July 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gretchen

      The fans are not being "punished" for anything. Get a grip.

      July 10, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Go Blue!

      Liar, Liar
      Vest on Fire!

      July 10, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Turtle

    It'd be nice if the money that sports bring in could go into the actual school and lower tuition costs. But no they'd prefer to take your money. I thought State schools were supposed to be more affordable?

    July 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      Actually, some of the sports money went to the reconstruction of the main library on the OSU campus (a fact that they would advertise endlessly)

      July 10, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. GO BLUE

    So does this mean Michigan didn't loose!

    July 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gretchen


      July 10, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Michigan = lose

      July 10, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • woo

      Michigan's always a loser. Nobody needs a football game to know that!

      July 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      On paper only.

      July 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |

    Forget the coach a loser... I respect the school for taken responsibility....

    ROLL TIDE....YOU did the right thing....

    July 10, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Go Blue!

      Is this classic OSU grammar or what? "Forget the coach a loser" In Michigan, we often use VERBS in our sentences. Rollingonthegroundlaughingmyassoff!
      "I respect the school for TAKEN responsibility" Epic! TAKEN responsibility? Really? I guess, in a way, it IS past tense, but COME ON The Ohio State University! Is this the best you can do? In Michigan, we often use the gerund form of verbs when appropriate – words like "Taking" and "kicking". As in, we are through "taking" OSU's BS and we will start "kicking" your butts.

      July 10, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Go Blue...as you're checking OSU fans' grammar maybe you should check your own...'does that mean Michigan didn't loose'...or would it be lose? As a Michigan fan I would think you would have that word figured out...

      July 10, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Go Blue!

      That's actually a different guy. Mine has an exclamation point after "Blue"
      That guy went to Western Michigan. Ha

      July 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. missy

    This also means arkansas technically didn't lose the sugar bowl. We wanna rematch with the eligible players. Then we see who the real winner was. Tressel I can't believe u took the fall for therm boys knowing. I lost respect for u. You and those players have brought shame to my home state

    July 10, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • woo

      Glad you moved, moron!

      July 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jay

    how about vacating all the money OSU generated along with those wins? Fat chance that'll happen.

    July 10, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • notfromfla

      Good Point Jay. Their hollow gesture is meaningless.

      July 10, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Peter in CT

    It is a very sad day for Ohio State. Perhaps some of the other NCAA college teams should also be investigated. We, the Ohio State Buckeye fans, are speechless. Tell us, this is just a bad dream!

    July 10, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rami

    This is dumb,

    July 10, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      Agreed!!! This is a sports story, pure and simple and should be treated as such – not national news. Must be kinda slow...

      July 10, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. DK

    Stupid. Punish the innocent kids too.

    July 10, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. big10

    doesn't matter, Wis beat them anyway.

    July 10, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    That program is evil. it must be destroyed. No bowl games, no TV, no recruiting for 5 years. Walk ons only. Thats what that lying, cheating, thieving trash deserve.

    July 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • woo

      Wow, someone takes his football WAYYYYYY too seriously. Get a life!

      July 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Reefa

    Sickening...all of it!!!

    July 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mikebballin

    Phew, good thing Michigan is good at beating themselves!

    July 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Keith Hays

    Let me get this straight. Ohio got caught. Ohio State fired Coach Tressel and fined him $250.000 for his part in the transgressions.

    Now Ohio State is giving up last seasons wins including the win in the Sugar Bowl. It also altered Tressel's status to show him "retired" making him eligible for a handsome pension paid for by Ohio Taxpayers and vacated his $250,000 fine. Of course the fact that Tressel is scheduled to testify next week in an NCAA hearing has noting to do with it.

    i wonder when the Buckeyes (emphasis on "buck") is going to give back the money it banked from the Sugar Bowl win on the field.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is College Football! .

    July 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yooper

    If the NCAA realy want to stop this, all they have to do is ban Ohio State from playing football for one YEAR. That would insure univeristies,coaches, players, busness owners, fans, and college cities in general follow the rules. Stop the flow of money and you will stop cheating. Plus allow the univerities to sue the offending players to recoup some of their loses.

    July 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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