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. faulkster

    OK, keep in mind, OSU doesn't play bowl games, Big Ten loses since all proceeds from games is equally distributed among schools. This hurts big ten not OSU.

    Mr. B...I prefer to think he BELIEVED he was taking care of his players, to the extent of hurting the school. Right or wrong I think that is in keeping with his value system. Sure he got the win, but he never appeared to be the win at all cost sort of coach.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mjg

    It doesent matter what osu vacates u still cant take away the memories osu will still be better than most teams there just takin a little break but common people all this over some tats and merchendice your gonna shut down a multimillion dollar program over a couple thousand dollars thats rediculas oh yea and michigan still sucks this doesent change the facts.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Better than most teams, but not most teams in the SEC.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JTSJ17

      Perhaps learning to spell and use punctuation would be a good starter for you.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bosko

      They're chats. The memories are of a team of cheats. Couldn't have happend to a more rotten team. Good riddance.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      *Please* tell me you're not a product of an OSU education. If so, your post speaks VOLUMES about the quality of education one can expect to receive from OSU. Sadly, the quality it speaks to is one that no one who has attended, attends or plans to attend would want spoken.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xanadu311

      I'm guessing you're an OSU student, or were, before you realized the fast food industry would be a better fit for you. Your grammar is awful and after having read this, I really hope English is your second language. If not, maybe you can call up OSU and ask for some of that money you're concerned with. Apparently they don't mind handing it out to idiots.

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


    July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. UCFknightman

    MJG...did you even go to college? You sure don't spell like it...

    July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nacho Man

      That's the kind of smarts you get at OSU...bad spelling, bag grammar, get a coach fired and school program on proby for some tats and still loose the big game to the SEC. Sucks to be from Ohio. Oh yeah and the chicks are ugly there. Sorry they are.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JTSJ17

      Hey Nachoman, the word is "lose" not "loose" so if you are going to correct someone, please make sure you have your own house in order.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BunnyFooFoo

    Dear Ohio State,


    (deep breath)


    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arkansas Fat Back

      SEC inbreeder.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MSUBob

    Does this mean MSU will get the BCS money stolen from them by OSU?

    July 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Dream on...

      July 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Big Game James

    Cam won it on the field.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JTSJ17

      Oh yes, there's a player kids can look up to. He has stayed out of trouble his entire career. Puhleez!!

      July 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GooldOldDays

    Man, that's a loud sucking sound coming out of Columbus

    July 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arkansas Fat Back

      That would be you slurping on Brutus Buckeye's BuckNuts.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ken

    MSU should of been in the Rose Bowl.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      I hope you are not an MSU grad...."have" not "of"

      July 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. greg

    I think vacating wins is cheap. Are they vacating all of the profits from these games? From the bowl game they should not have attended? Real sanctions are forward looking.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    So they vacated the victories? Wow. What a concession.
    Why don't they give back all the television and bowl $,$$$,$$$$ they made that year? Say yes and I might just become a OSU fan. Or how about no TV and no bowl game $ this year? But that would be penalizing the current players. If you're going to penalize yourself with the idea that it should stand as a deterrent for yourself and a benchmark for other schools to follow the penalty should have some teeth. What this amounts to is OSU gets a little more national exposure for admitting we were bad, shame on us, we repent!
    Once again the topic touches on whether college athletes should be paid. They do bring a lot of revenue to the school. OK. Here's a WAG, $25,000 per year. However let them pay their own tuition and books, and lab fees, and parking permits and campus dorm and meal fees. Then let them manage their money.
    Or let them do what most other college students do, call home for money: "Hey mom, I need $$$ so I can get a tattoo."

    July 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Loopman

    This could be one of those instances where the offender chooses to slap their own hand because they know how much it will hurt, rather than let the NCAA slap it and make it really hurt. All said, OSU and Jim Tressel didn't do anything any worse than almost all NCAA schools have done. I can't think of ANY coach that is squeaky clean in their dealings. Jim and the Bucks just got caught and decided that it's best to do the right thing rather than lie and try to cover it up. Takes some Kahoonas to stand up and admit that you did something wrong and take your medicine. I know of a few other coaches that should copy this page for their own playbook!!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JTSJ17

      Um, have you actually paid attention to this story? Tressel didn't do the right thing! He lied and withheld information until he got busted!

      Just another OSU fan living in some kind of fantasy world I guess.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MJM

    I find it funny that they get to "punish" themselves. It's like a kid that get to volunteer to stand in the corner. What a joke. Fact is that Jim had the clean image and in fact he was just as much of a dirtbag as many of the other coaches are that break the rules. Sorry Jim, the sweater vest does not get you a bye.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jason Frazier

    I think the worst part about all of this is the fact that somebody like Pryor can just bail on his school when the S&%T hits the fan and go be a millionaire in the NFL. A lot of this is his fault.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. POD

    It's Professional Footbal people in Division IA.....Let's cut all the hypocrisy and pay the players.......everybody else is making millions!

    July 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
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