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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: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:39 am

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

Gene Smith should be banned from showing that look on his face for a year. Better yet, he should be ushered out of town...

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:31 am

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

An astute observation ohsptsfan. I don't think this will hurt much or for long. Hope the rivalry gets back to an even plane and stays there with both programs playing at an elite level again.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:24 am

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

Thats it!?!?!?!? Really, all it is for them is no sprinkles on their ice big deal of a penalty....

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:16 am

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

they should get the death penalty for hiring urban meyer

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:03 am

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

I love that there are people bringing up SMU and saying the same thing happened at OSU.  Let's compare the two scenarios.  At OSU 5 players sold things that belonged to them for cash and tattoos.  As far as everyone knows, the Head Coach was the only person in the program to know about it and didn't give up the information to the NCAA.  He lied about it, was let go, the 5 players were suspended, bowl ban for a year, 9 scholarships lost, and 3 years probation.  Now for SMU...the coaches and administration were setting up a slush fund to directly pay players to come to their team.  Everyone was involved, from assistant coaches, head coach, boosters, and others within the university.  The NCAA caught wind of it, came in and tried to make them stop by putting them on probation.  The fund continued, a big middle finger to the NCAA, and kids kept getting paid.  The NCAA then handed down the death penalty.  Ummm...if you think these two situations are anywhere close to similar, don't have kids.  We don't need more stupid people walking around in this world.

Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:37 am

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

Who is the NCAA?  Who are these people?  How come they never show their faces?  Answer questions?  Meet the press?  How much do they make?  Who pays them?  To whom do they answer?  It's like the star chamber or a group of darth vaders.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:37 am

Wrist slap!

As expected, THE osu gets a minor slap on the wrist for cheating and the coverup.  USC did less and got much worse punishment.  THE osu--a sacred ncaa cow!

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:12 am

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

And what precedent are you using to justify those harsh sanctions, davoh? The fact that OSU honks are whining that the penalty is too harsh and OSU haters are whining that it is not harsh enough, probably means that the penalty is just about right.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:24 am

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

First, this is a slap on the wrist for past transgressions by Ohio State.  2nd, I have to really laugh at the rationalization by Ohio State people saying this is penalizing future students.  WELL TOUGH.  By Ohio State cheating they penalized students at other Universities by competing unfairly in games.  What about those students?  They get nothing.  Ohio State had unfair advantages in recruiting based on past successes on the field and unfair enticements that allowed them to have unfair advantages.  Other universities may have been more successful and defeated OSU on the field.  So cry a river about penalizing future students.  OSU was out of control and should have gotten much harsher penalties like 6 scholies a year for 5 years and no bowl games for 4 years.  That would have gotten the attention of the program.  This is nothing.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:01 am

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

This is ludicrous.  I'm not saying that the NCAA shouldn't have acted, but the timing of this is what is so stupid.  It's not even that there shuldn't be cases where the incoming coach has to pay for the sins of the one who committed the sins.  But for the ruling to have been issued in the no-man's land before this year's bowks is very questionable.  Why wait until an bowl invitation for 2011 was already issued?  Is the bureaucratuc process with the NCAA that slow?  Why not just force them to forego the Gator Bowl this year or sit a certain number players.  Is this just because the NCAA has to impose its stamp on everything?  And I ask this as a Gaotr fan of some forty-plus years.

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