The NCAA can take away Ohio State's right to play in the postseason, but it can't take away Urban Meyer's right to give his team rings.
Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith tweeted a photo of the rings on Thursday, along with the gold-pants pin the players traditionally receive for beating Michigan. While the "12-0" is prominent on the diamond-crusted ring, it also says "Leaders" and "Champions" on the sides to commemorate the team's unofficial Leaders Division championship.
As you'd expect, there has been some backlash about all of this. Plenty of people think that giving out rings to a team that's on NCAA probation is bad form, even if none of the players on the team was responsible for the team being in the position it's in. ESPN analyst Mark May even broke out his "integrity meter" over the rings.
Just a checking my integrity meter didn't know you could give out 12-0 rings when your on probation or banned from bowls..just a thought— Mark May (@mark_may) April 11, 2013
Unfortunately, Mr. May did not break out his grammar meter before tweeting.
I don't see what the big deal is. Ohio State giving its players rings doesn't change anything. It's not like having a ring makes the Buckeyes the new national champions. Meyer just wanted his players to have a reward for their great season, which they had.
Why is rewarding players for their hard work such a terrible thing?