NCAA bans Ohio State football from postseason for violations
The Ohio State Buckeyes were penalized by the NCAA for violations.
December 20th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

NCAA bans Ohio State football from postseason for violations

Earlier this year, Ohio State said it was 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 after being fined $250,000 and suspended for lying to NCAA officials investigating allegations that his 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.

In addition to the postseason ban, the NCAA imposed penalties of additional scholarship reductions, three years of probation, the forfeiture of almost $340,000 and all of its victories for the 2010 season.

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  1. Cobo Wowbo


    December 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yannaes

    Bring back Woody Hayes.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yahtzee

    Zombie Woody Hayes! haha, I can dig it.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Game James

    Slap! Hope that doesn't hurt their wrists too much. Too many powerful people and money in OSU's corner. Anybody who thinks the NCAA is better than the NFL is fooling themselves. How many people even know who is in charge of the NCAA? The fact there is no playoff in football is a clear example of money trumping what's best for student-athletes.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      You are kidding – slap on the wrist? For a grand total of under $5000, this is a ridiculously harsh punishment. Nobody cheated on the field, threw a game, bribed an official, or bought a recruit. The NCAA is acting like this is a huge scandal – are they protecting Gene Smith?

      December 21, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. yikes

    Wow. Just wow.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Christine


    December 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sayno2wmma

    I say blame it all on da hood if ya naws wut i'm sayen.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark w

    OSU is now in better shape than when Tressel was there. Only OSU would have the NCAA give them such a wrist slap. Maybe OSU is just trying to prove they are worthy of becoming a member of the SEC.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin

    The collegiate sport industry is a billion dollar plus industry+. Must be nice not having to pay the employees.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ben

    Stories on the NCAA, but none on NDAA? I think the Latter is of more great importance to Society as a whole. How the intellectual retardation of society has turned people into a bunch of couch potatoes with credit card debt, but as long as you're following your favorite sports team, "everything is okay" says the media.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ernieencinas


    December 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Natasha

    No, Ben, nothing on the NDAA, because this a THREAD ON OSU AND THE NCAA! Lecture elsewehere. Yeesh!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I was mentioning it as a negative point that out of CNN' entire website there has been no coverage on the fact that "Americans can be detained indefinitely" What does this entail? Secret arrests, NO DUE PROCESS! End of Posse Commentates. Sound Familiar? Basically a Legal Holocaust without a specific race as a target. Especially considering, the ridiculous list of "what terrorists do" that DHS use to profile people with.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Booo

    What Kevin says. I could care less If some kid swapped swag for a tattoo. Doesn't affect playing ability or the outcome of the game.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Floyd

    GO! BLUE!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kyle788

    It is clear how far college athletics have become separated from academics.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      true.. it used to be that (thinking) people went to university and then played sports because they enjoyed it.. now they just go to play sports and their grades are almost guaranteed

      December 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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