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. gung hoe

    A good name for a buckeye is hairless nuts

    December 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Columbus, OHIO

    Well NOW what are we supposed to do? Watch hockey? No way.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rick CT

    Selling a few championship trinkets or child molestation by a coach. Glad to see the NCAA is utilizing their vast resources to go after the really important stuff.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      What happened at Penn State was inexcusable, but it was also outside of the NCAA's purview. Sandusky wasn't part of the football team anymore and none of the allegations have anything to do with the current football program or with rules enforced by the NCAA.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      You are right, and so is Anomic Office Drone. The sad thing is that the NCAA doesn't have any rules to punish Penn State. They can punish a player for taking money from a donor, or selling equipment, (the serious mistakes in life), but can't punish an AD for ignoring a molestation allegation when the alleged criminal was using the allure of the team to acquire his victims. 5 years for Jim Tressel, 0 punishment for the Penn State AD.. that sounds like the NCAA has its priorities right. Maybe they should write a simple little rule. Personally, as an OSU and Jim Tressel fan, I would rather shoulder the shame of OSU's mistakes, than those of Penn State. It is horrible that the NCAA never thinks about the punishment it imposes on all the decent, hardworking players who did nothing wrong. I hated the USC punishment too because it hurt kids who showed up, never broke a rule, and maybe never even played. The NCAA does nothing for the student athletes.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    this is sooo stupid... of course they all get gifts and money..
    he should be getting fined for not covering it up better..

    December 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brian

    why not just disconnect the football team from the school so the dumb jocks don't have to worry about grades

    December 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Natasha

    Well, THANKS, Ben, for pointing out that you think the whole world is f@#9ked. You're on the wrong site. Fox News is thattaway---->

    December 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    At least Coach Tressel didn't Sandusky his kids and Ohio State.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the Punmaster

    A black eye for the buckeyes. I know, not my best work.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WhoCares

    WHO CARES! its just a bunch of gay neanderthals that want to play touchy feely with each others backsides. this news item is nothing of any importance. college is for learning, not playing with each other!

    December 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      And yet you clicked on a story clearly labeled as a NCAA story, with a picture of a football field. Your rant looks a bit like a gay fantasy disguised as a negative comment. I think you are just disappointed that there was no mention of s3x in the story.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    equipment for tattoos" ... that's what did it.. the hate tattoos..

    December 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mmmmm

    that's right ohio! and while yah at it, putcha nose on that circle drawn on dah punishment wall and keepit there til timeout is over!

    December 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe Shmo

    That Gene Smith guy really seems ignorant. Is he a "token"? And the president can't be real! TWO dorks!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cesquire

    Tattoos and other benefits? It must have been the other benefits that was such a serious violation because swapping memorabilia for a tattoo is obviously no big deal.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Reflecto

    GASP! The slaves (aka "student athletes") have actually received something of value for their labors. This will not do. Thankfully, the slave-owners (NCAA (aka Massa-Boss)) sprang into action and returned these runaways to the plantation, fined their overseer, and kicked them out of the Confederacy for a year.

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    December 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
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