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. Name*Brian

    It's right in the rules for any college sport that you can't sell or benefit from anything you are given by the school or league. They all knew the rules and broke them thinking no one would notice. I've played college golf in the NCAA for 4 years including nationals and know all about the rules.

    As for the person stating that players should get basically an allowance would be nice but won't happen bc then they are technically being payed and loose the amateur status. Is it rough, yea it's a job. Maybe a couple days off a month between personal and team work outs and all the other stuff going on with the sports. I was on a full ride all 4 years and as you said, it doesn't pay for the everyday needs but it still beats the he'll out of being 100k in debt from student loans.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonny

      @brian. No one gives a crap about college golf. Don't act like people were offering favors with you for your glove or plaid shorts

      July 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • milkman

      @jonny, where does Brian say anything about being offered anything? Your a moron and missed the entire message of his post.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      @brian. Don't worry about jonny. He is just a jock sniffer that has a sub 80 IQ. He wouldn't know responsibility if it bit him on the testicles. Which in his case hang from his chin. 🙂

      July 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      I agree with milkman & Joel.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*michael white

    Wherr else in the NCAA can you screw your school royally and still be able to "retire"? Hey Ohio State he just cost you at least 3 seasons, grow some balls and tell him to fornicate with himself!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joey puerto rico

    Tattoos and some memorabilia, r u serious? All this stink for some tats and some godforsaken souveniers we need these folks in the irs,cia or nsa or some s–t!they musn't sleep @ night thinkin' about all those nasty violations and nothing on a playoff off schedule that make sense, oh!, I'm sorry that would only benefit fans and players...DUH!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. david

    Not enough. Cut 50% of the football scholarships...then we have a deal

    July 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      @david – don't worry about beardedclamlover. The kind he loves has a large shaft growing out of it. He just can find the doorknob to the closet he is in.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Logic

    Not enough, Vacate last FOUR year's victories.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |


    July 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |

      Nope, not true. We all watched Ohio State beat Arkansas on the field of play. And they did it with the NCAA's blessing even though the NCAA already knew there were ineligible players on the team, meaning in all fairness, that win should NOT be forfeited. Sorry, SECFan, you're gonna have to live with the knowledge that you did get beat.

      July 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. erich2112x

    Oh, I get it now, you put yourself on probation. Gdmt, why didn't you just say so? We don't have to do anything now.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Billie D. Williams

    Crack some ice cold Colt .45. Works every time....

    July 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jueceman

    If memorabilia for tattoos is such a serious offense, don't u think college players need to be taken seriously as ametuer professionals and be paid just as if a person had an internship or an actual job??? What they do is work, and they put their lives into for the NCAA to have millions to even pay for investigations. Ohio State reaped millions from a coach like Tressel and players like Pryor, just for them to say that they should be shamed for a couple hundred dollars??? Tressel is a millionaire and so will Pryor be after the lockout. NCAA dictates like its some type of monarchy controlling those who have passions for pursuing their proffessional dreams. Well one may say, HEY, they are getting scholarships to play. Well how many student athletes are sporting a 4.0 and are aspiring to be in fields that will pay them close to what the NCAA and University collects on its student athletes???

    July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    So, does this mean that Michigan and RicRod have a victory over OSU?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Nope. A forfeited win after the fact does not equal a win by the other team.

      July 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hingedlwnb

    What a joke the NCAA is. Ohio State is made to walk the shame gauntlet because of some tatoos but a jerk like Bobby Knight was allowed to act as an obnoxious bully for years without sanction. Don't worry Buckeyes, eveyone knows those victories were well earned. btw, I'm a Penn State alumnus so this is no homer talk.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpb985

      You might not have liked Bobby Knight, but he was never accused of cheating and he did a great deal for the players who stuck with his program and finished their education. He did teach "team" basketball.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      At least the ones that put up with his physical as well as verbal abuse...

      July 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HogFan

    Ohio St. shouldn't have to vacate their sugar bowl win since the NCAA came out and ruled the players eligible despite already having evidence they broke the rules and suspending them for 5 games the following year. The won that game with players who were all eligible because the NCAA wanted to make more money off the game (and a guy not running the ball in on the block).

    July 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gary

    Too bad Ohio State couldn't get the Casey Anthony jurors to help decide their fate.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |

      @Gary – I know, right? Maybe if we can get the NCAA hearing moved to Florida...

      July 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Big Game James

    Cam still beat bama.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chicklets

    Liar, Liar, vest on fire !

    July 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Chicklet

      Get back to work Chic!

      July 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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