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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 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:23 am

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

Have to agree with the majority of posts in this thread. It's a sad situation in Columbus. Smart idea would be for the university to let Gene Smith go as well. His win-at-all-costs mentality, truning blind eyes to "the program" and commitment to giving Tressel as much power as he had has ruined a better than average school. Good thing the NCAA didn't dig deeper into Tressel's history of silently finding jobs/providing paychecks/cars for his recruits. That stems back to days at Youngstown State. Great coach of games. Disasterous coach of character.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:36 am

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

So the people who cheated are not there. But they get to go to a bowl this year. Next year the people who did the right theing are did not get in trouble have to bear the bowl block. It would be diffrent if the people were not there now but they are.  So they get to go to a bowl game and they get exposure etc. Nice one NCAA also 1 year huh. Better then nothing.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:22 am

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

I'm ok with that. Rules were broken and they should pay. But this has been blown way out of proportion. Jim Tressel should have never lost his job and this should have never gotten to this level of punishment. It's ridiculous the control that the media not only has over sports but our nation as a whole. (Not going to go too far off subject here.)

On to my next point. If there are set rules, then there are different levels of punishment. What USC did under NCAA law is the equivlent of a first degree murder in common law. Ohio State? Really nothing more than a possession of marijuana. Catch my drift? People don't get sentenced to death for a lesser penalty and it should be no different in the NCAA.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:03 am

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

you waited till the bowls started?? wow

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:41 pm

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

Really punish them until it hurts hey? Big deal. One freaking year. They don't even get penalized this year, being able to hire a second football staff, and letting them recruit. That's great, let them hire Meyer, from a rogue program(Florida). Just how many arrests while he was there? It would have been fair to give them 2 years. But since they are a "Big" school, they gave them the least they could, without getting screamed at by the other schools. Well done, take a couple of million out of petty cash for your troubles.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:41 pm

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

Shoulda taken the bowl ban this year when you blew chunks.  Now comes Urb and his band of thugs, felons and miscreants.  9 fewer scholarships just means 9 less arrests under Urb.  At least the players won't be able to steal each other's bowl swag next year.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:36 pm

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

This is nothing more than a slap on the wrist and proves just how corrupt the NCAA decision makers really are! This was worse than the USC situation in my opinion and is a joke of a punishment!

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:31 pm

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

Nothing new to say on this matter,move on,it's over,time to get on with it,old news,let it go,we're past it,it's behind us,that was yesterday,this is today,cry me a river,justice is served,it's gone,good bye,later....

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:30 pm

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

He sure was,  40-34 ?...

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:24 pm

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

Wasn't Henne part of one of the several classes that was 0-4 vs. Ohio State and Jim Tressel?

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