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'sÂ 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."
College sports are funny. Kids take gifts for being the star football player in their local town, so people lose their jobs, school's are penalized, etc. Most people would say, "Well, they will make money in the NFL", but the NFL is not a certainy for anyone. Would any average Joe turn down a gift when they were in college? Heck no. When I was in college, my moto was, "If it's free, it's for me." College athletes are not any different.
Meanwhile EA makes millions off college athletes without ever having to pay them a dime.
They are getting a scholarship, a full ride on the backs of the real scholars for playing ball. Isn't that enough of a gift? A free college education?
How much debt does the average person graduating from OSU have? Why not read the flood of news articles where people can no longer afford to go to college. They do get paid with a college degree that many cannot afford.
Agree with bhpnd88. Tired of people saying we should pay college athletes...sorry 'student' athletes. Most of the scholarship players make more than you & me. Free room & board + free classes + free tuition/ books = $40k. Oh yeah....and the greatest opportunity anyone gets – to become whatever they want in this world... if colleges make money through games, merch, etc., I have no problem with that. How do you think they pay for scholarships in the first place?
@Pay Me!: I'm not saying that we should give college player's paychecks, but I also don't think we should penalize them for taking gifts. Do you really think a kid from the bad part of town is going to turn down a free car? Heck, do you think a kid from the good part of town will turn down a free car? As for money, football pays for all the other athletic programs at most schools. It is a giant cash cow. Cases are rare where a college football program is not able to pay for itself and bring extra money to the school.
If I'm someone who has paid good money for 2010 OSU season tickets, I would file a lawsuit against OSU to get my money back.
And you would be bounced out of court, and probably sanctioned for a frivolous lawsuit. The ticket price buys you attendance at the game. Victory is not guaranteed.
Well, I would be really ticked off to say the least
Dirtiest Program in College History gets a slightly harder slap on the wrist. Keep digging. OSU is a disgrace to the degree it makes SMU and USC blush. When they get out from under Nike, I'll believe changes are being made.
Perhaps Notre Dame would like to give up its contract with NBC Sports too. All big name schools with winning teams have contracts with vendors. OSU is no different in that regard.
Seriously, your bias is clearly showing. Dirtiest in history? Not even close. Get a grip.
Please learn proper grammar. History and college are only capitalized at the beginning of a sentence. Also your sentence containing, "to the degree", should read, "to a degree". If you would like any more pointers on how to use the English language properly please seek out someone in the Ohio State University English Department. I am confident they would be more than happy to help you.
So, Bill - when did you attend Big Blue? I say attend, because even Michigan wouldn't graduate someone as dumb as you. Your bias is showing.
@Appleseed... RIGHT ON!! Let's see some battles again!!
The corruption of college athletics is a national disgrace. College is for learning, not for enriching college coaches and the NCAA. All sports above the intramural level should be banned so colleges can get back to educating our young people. IMHO of course.
Garrett, did you read this one? Tressel got off easy with a retirement. Another sad day in 'Bus.
Ok, let's put this into perspective folks. Almost 66% of the BCS universities have committed a major infraction since SMU received the death penalty in 1987. Two thirds! And that's just those that have been caught. Only Penn State and BYU have been clean since the TV era began. Ohio State, Boise State, Texas Tech, Arkansas State, and Tennessee are all guilty or soon to be this year. North Carolina is under the microscope as well, as is both of this past season's BCS Championship participants - Auburn and Oregon.
Let's not beat around it. Cheating at the top ranks of college football isn't an isolated incident - it's the rule. And if you get caught? Oh well. This much I know. USC still won the national championship in 2004, and Reggie Bush still won the Heisman in 2005. Just because they had to vacate those accomplishments doesn't mean they didn't happen.
What exactly are they guilty of? Breaking rules that make absolutely no sense? Lets quit BS'ing around and let these athletes do the "show me the money" dance while in school. Why wait until they get out of college?
One would assume other OSU sports should be looked at for violations. The bowl share monies from the big ten should be taken from OSU and given to the other 10 schools.
Learn how to spell please.
English, would you care to point out a word that Razor misspelled?
I just realized I clicked reply on the wrong comment haha.
More still needs to be done to OSU, this program has been cheating for the past 10 yrs. .... i.e. give back last years bowl win $, kick players off for more than 5 games in 2011, no post season play for next 2 yrs, no televised games for 1 yr, take some number of schoolarships away for 2 yrs.
THIS IS A CHEATING PROGRAM !!!!!
And when your school is found guilty (which it will be), will you be leading the charge for more sanctions, or crying that they are being too tough on you?
Shuttin' the barn door once the horse got out dosen't do a bit of good...Fans get it where the good lord split it...besides, many of these good kids sacrificed a lot of blood, sweat & tears; wins @ the NCAA D1 level don't come easy. Once we get the $ factor out of the way maybe the NCAA will get things straight and stop punishing the F-–g sport and it's fans. And give us a playoff structure for god's sake. What a hot mess the postseason is, jeez!
This is idiotic....give these kids a break.....I have had it with the phony BS that big time college sports are amateur sports. The school makes money, the coaches and staff make money. So a kid gets cozy job or trades a t-shirt for a tattoo. Grow up America.
I agree completely! There is no reason any athlete should ever have to follow the rules. The are not common folk, they are athletes! And college "students" too.
Just another ploy by OSU to attempt to negate severe penalties by the NCAA, vacating all wins means nothing. They are just hoping to get out of what is deserved from true penalties. Self imposed probation, then letting Tressel retire....the program needs to be punished. For Tressel to lie......that is biggest infraction.
Only a matter of time before Auburn is stripped of thier championship.
filthy rotten cheaters!!!! now they are really gonna get it...oooowwweeeeee!! There are going to be some very unhappy alumni donors, that's for sure. I bet now they wish they had hired ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER to coach this team. There are many prominent alumni donors who really wanted ABDULLAH, and it certainly looks l ike they wer correct now, deosen;t it??
I hope they vacate the losses, too!