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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.” 

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Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:22 am
 

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

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,
The NCAA again proves it's a complete fraud. The sanctions leveled against USC/Bush for far lessor violations were way more hurtful to their football program. Then again my Wolverines whipping them and finishing 11-2 (and going to the Sugar Bowl) is wonderful tasting punishment.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:15 am
 

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

Gene Smith's face says it all, "ba duhhhh which way did he go which way did he go", then you have Gordon Gee in the background looking like he's about to announce a new flavor of Orval Redinbacher popcorn.  What a joke, get some real leadership Ohio State.



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:10 am
 

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

Haha, I have never said that OSU is the "good guy" in this.  In fact, I said I was surprised that OSU got the bowl ban but not too upset over it.  OSU screwed up and are taking the sanctions.  But the SMU case was 100 times worse and you know it.  Tressel hid it, but OSU reported it when they found out.  SMU hid it, they were reprimanded, and they continued to do what they were in trouble for.  And in the OSU case it was an outside source (tattoo parlor and booster) that got a few players involved.  In the SMU case they were paying players to come to their school.  Big difference.  And that is why OSU is on probation and only is sitting out one bowl season while SMU was destroyed by sanctions.  They paid players to come to their school, NCAA told them they knew about it and handed down sanctions, and then they turned around and kept paying players to come there.  If OSU were caught again lying to the NCAA, I could see similar sanctions to the SMU case.  But that's not the case.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:41 am
 

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

the only thing worse than getting banned from one of these meaningless bowls is playing in one of these meaningless bowls 



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:30 am
 

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

Wow.  OSU is on 'double secret probation' and Tressel has a restraining order that would make a LiLo stalker wince.  Coaches should get the message but will the agents, boosters and players?  This is where the real problems take root.  As USC is showing us, OSU will survive and be bigger and better for it.    



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:29 am
 

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

Somebody please explain to me why Cam Newton's former college school is not receiving any bowl bans



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:28 am
 

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

Good post!



Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:07 am
 

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

The part that OSU and SMU have in common is each one had their chance to come clean and not take it any farther, but didn't. Is it the same, no, but anybody could see that if they would've done their job, instead of trying to lie, cover it up or whatever people want to say to make them feel better, and reported what happened, it could've stopped right there. Quit trying to make OSU the good guys and take the penalty and admit they were wrong and move on.



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:46 am
 

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

They should vacate the self-imposed sanctions!



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:40 am
 

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

I would like to know what took so long to hand it down?  If i moved that slow at my work I would be fired


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