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NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 6:11 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Urban Meyer may have high hopes for his first season at Ohio State in 2012, but his team's first appearance in the postseason is going to have to wait until 2013 at the earliest. Ohio State has been given a one-year postseason ban, effective next year, by the NCAA. The NCAA also found Ohio State's offer of giving up five scholarships over three years inadequate, and will require that the Buckeyes give up a total of nine scholarships over that period instead.

The sanctions stem from a litany of NCAA violations committed by various Buckeyes and ousted head coach Jim Tressel. Terrelle Pryor was one of the worst offenders, repeatedly receiving impermissible benefits and allegedly participating in a system where he traded signed memorabilia for free tattoos, and DeVier Posey was suspended for a total of 10 games in 2011 for multiple instances of receiving impermissible benefits.

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith had said previously that he didn't anticipate a bowl ban for Ohio State, and Meyer told reporters after being hired that he had received "extremely positive feedback" about OSU's prospects before the NCAA.

Tressel was also given a five-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA. The "show-cause" label means that the NCAA considers Tressel a serious offender, and any NCAA school interested in employing Tressel must show why it does not deserve sanctions for doing so. The five-year sanction effectively ends Tressel's coaching career in the collegiate ranks.

Tressel's decision not to inform the NCAA of the violations once he learned of them played heavily into the decision to hit him with such a heavy penalty.

"Of great concern to the committee was the fact that the former head coach became aware of these violations and decided not to report the violations to institutional officials, the Big Ten Conference or the NCAA," the NCAA said in its report.

Tressel is now a game-day consultant for the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL.

Smith said in a statement that Ohio State would not contest the NCAA's ruling.

“We are surprised and disappointed with the NCAA’s decision,” said Smith. “However, we have decided not to appeal the decision because we need to move forward as an institution. We recognize that this is a challenging time in intercollegiate athletics. Institutions of higher education must move to higher ground, and Ohio State embraces its leadership responsibilities and affirms its long-standing commitment to excellence in education and integrity in all it does.

“My primary concern, as always, is for our students, and this decision punishes future students for the actions of others in the past,” said Smith. “Knowing our student-athletes, however, I have no doubt in their capacity to turn this into something positive – for themselves and for the institution. I am grateful to our entire Buckeye community for their continued support.”

Urban Meyer also released a statement that was even more forward-looking than Smith's.

“I agreed to become the Head Football Coach at The Ohio State University because Shelley and I are Ohio natives, I am a graduate of this wonderful institution and served in this program under a great coach. I understand the academic and athletic traditions here and will give great effort to continue those traditions.

“It is still my goal to hire excellent coaches, recruit great student-athletes who want to be a part of this program and to win on and off the field. The NCAA penalties will serve as a reminder that the college experience does not include the behavior that led to these penalties. I expect all of us to work hard to teach and develop young student-athletes to grow responsibly and to become productive citizens in their communities upon graduation.” 


Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:59 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

I wonder how long people are going to be making excuses for "their team".  Wow.  Tressel knew what they did and did nothing.  Still played the bowl game, which was wrong.  Then finally left.  Come on, this is arrogance at its best.  Just admit and go on. 

Instead of making excuses admit mistakes, take the punishment, let people move on from what they did wrong instead making excuses.  Even if "others" did something different or you suspect they did, let it go and know what Ohio State did.  Come on this is not that hard. 

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:48 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

I really had hoped that the NCAA would have come out earlier with their ruling. I also wish that the program would had offered up this year's bowl game instead of let it play out.

I do not agree with OSU deserving more than a one bowl game ban simply because it is not comparable to other multiple bowl bans given out by the NCAA. Yes, Tressel did not tell the NCAA of violations when he should have. He was forced out. The Buckeye-5, excluding Terrelle Pryor, paid for their crimes. Any other player that made a mistake paid for their crimes. Mind you, the crimes I'm speaking of are NCAA violations and not actual crimes. I just do not see how everyone feels that OSU has gotten off easy from this ruling. The NCAA's ruling was originally supposed to be released in early August, but by having them put it off until this late makes it hurt OSU more than most people realize. If the NCAA had said a bowl ban for this year, OSU would have been fine. But since the NCAA has waited this long to dish out their punishment, OSU cannot back out of a crappy bowl game with two weeks to go.

I figure that the NCAA needed to see how their coaching process was going to be sorted out. The looming penalties did not scare away the biggest fish in the pond (Meyer). Next thing you know, OSU is signing top-tier players and seem to be coming out of this whole ordeal stronger than what they were before it. The NCAA's punishment is not too easy on this program, but it is intended to slow it down and by having OSU play in this year's bowl game instead of next year's bowl game will hurt OSU's recruiting which in turn hurts the bloodline of the program.

I'm very interested in how the NCAA views the other lingering issues from Penn State, North Carolina, and Miami. PSU broke "REAL" federal laws and proved that they would do everything in their power to keep the football program up and running without a hitch. If Tressel was punished for his unacceptable actions regarding his players, I have a sneaking suspicion that PSU's coverup is much worse than OSU's. North Carolina and Miami were, by far, more out of control than OSU's situation. Agents, unpaid tickets (reaching the hundreds if not thousands of dollars), among other things which go far beyond tattoos and failing to monitor a few players around a renegade booster.

Did OSU fail to monitor? Yes
Did Tressel fail to tell the NCAA important information at the moment he found out? Yes
Did the players involved serve a suspension? Yes
Did this give OSU a competitive advantage for recruiting? No
Did these players lose their amateur status by doing what they did? No

A one year bowl ban on top of what OSU gave themselves is unprecedented for the crime. But since the punishment has been dealt, it sets the bar awfully high for other programs such as PSU, NC, and MIAMI.

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:43 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

All because a few players traded memorabilia for some money and tatoos? NCAA, Colleges and BCS make billions off these student-players and players cant trade memorabila for tatoos? its comical

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:39 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

The Tressel show-cause is a joke, why should another school be punished for what he did?  Just ban the guy from coaching for a couple years.  As far as the 1 year bowl ban, seems pretty fair, they didn't do as much as USC and they got 2 years, so 1 year seems right. 

The major problem was that they even let the kids play in the game last year when they knew they committed the infractions.  The whole "integrity" of the bowl game was a joke.  Or the fact that it took a year to come up with this ruling.  The NCAA is run by a bunch of clowns. It was probably hard to come up with this punishment within a year when they have major issues like banning "inappropriate" mascots to address.

Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:38 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Looking at it now it really makes us Buckeye fans wish we would have sat out this bowl season and told the NCAA to keep their Gator Bowl.  It's as if Ohio State did everything pertaining to self-imposed sanctions except for a self imposed bowl ban.  Give me a break you people that say they have gotten off easy.  The loss of scholarships, forfeit of 2010 season, paying back the Sugar bowl money, loss of their starting quarterback and other starters, resignation of Jim Tressel and now a 2012 bowl ban.  Looking at the CBS web poll and seeing that 65% of the nation thinks we got off too easy just tells me that  2/3 of the voters cannot look at this situation objectively.  I guess you want the program to get the death penalty over some tattoos.  Enjoy next season because by 2013 its BCS and National Championships

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:27 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Really....You have a short memory....look at your basketball program a few years back......multi year post season bans and scholorships removed for far more serious violations....

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:24 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Born in Columbus and love seeing the osu get nailed.  They deserve it.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:20 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Why would any sane person appeal these sanctions? These sanctions were like a slap on the wrist.

The players (more than one) were getting extra benefits by getting tats for team gear that they signed and had been doing for a long period of time. The coach, withheld information from the school administration and when he decided to tell them he lied.

The players that were caught were suspended for five games that commenced the following season. They were permitted to play in their bowl game.

Now the NCAA has decided to ban this team for one season and giving up 9 scholarships  over three years.

The AD should have been fired by the administration.

Tressel was penalized where the next school that hire him would be penalized for five years and would have to show why this penalty should not be placed on their program. WOW, he is already a consultant for the Colts of the NFL


Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:19 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Please get your facts straight.....OSU vacated ALL of their wins from 2010 and gave back their revenue they earned from the bowl game.  The NCAA was aware of these infractions BEFORE the bowl game last year so blame them for letting OSU playing in the BCS game.   The NCAA could of kept us out  this year's bowl game but chose not too....Again look at the NCAA.  I am sure they could of rendered the verdict several months ago but again chose not too...

The players sold their and traded their OWN items for basically pennies......None of our players were bribed tens of thousands of dollars for playing at OSU.  The biggest violation was Tressel not notifying the NCAA and as result he will probably never coach in college football again....I am not excusing these actions as they are the rules and our former coach and players broke them...but please don't whine about OSU playing in the Rose Bowl.  Our players or school didn't break recruiting violations, they were just better coached and better prepared then MSU.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:12 pm

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

The fact that the president of the university and the athletic director are suprised and disappointed with the ruling should tell you all you need to know about the administration at O$U. They simply don't get it. A fraud was committed so just own up to it. They're not going to appeal because "they want to put it behind them and move on"?!? Morons, you should remind yourself every day how lucky you were.

I think the scholarship penalty was appropriate. However, I think that O$U should have been banned from their bowl game this season as well as 2013. A bowl game gives them's what O$U is all about.

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