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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: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:17 pm

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

Talk about an Uncle Tom! I present one Gene Smith.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:01 pm

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

Who really cares, players took money for stuff. do we really need to stop the presses. the ncaa and the media make this out to be some big scandal. ncaa is just mad that someone other than an  old white dude is making money off college sports.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:46 pm

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

I guess if you don't win a national championship you get off easier.  If you don't win a Heisman you get off easier.  Why OSU did not get USC type punishment I don't know.  What they did was just as bad and they needed to get a similiar punishment.  I don't see any difference here.  But OSU gets one year USC three.  Who did USC tick off?

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:45 pm

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

Jim Tressel is a man of full integrity.  He did not do anything wrong regarding the sanctions handed out to ohio on this date. I respect coach Tress and what he stands for.  Personally I think people are out to get him, he stands for honor, honesty, integrity and respect.

Yeah right....

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:43 pm

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


Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:13 pm

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

JT broke the rules and OSU is being punsihed.  It's unfortunate for those not involved.  However, there was a federal investigation and as far as I know, the FBI > NCAA although they may disagree.  Good luck in the NFL Vest and thanks for the years of success, the National Championship, and 9-1!

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:13 pm

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

Barely a slap on the wrist!  They should be celebrating in Columbus with these embarrasingly light sanctions!!! 

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:03 pm

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

I'm not even a big college sports fan. But, why does it really matter if a player wants to sell their own jerseys, rings, lucky socks or jock straps!?!? Who F#$%IN CARES!?!? How does this have any impact on how games are won and lost? Oh that's right, it doesn't! So Tressel didn't tell anyone? Sure, that's dishonest but has no bearing on the integrity of the outcome of games and is being blown so far out of proportion it's retarded. People are acting like this is comparable to USC paying players and giving them benefits when these two situations aren't remotely close. If you disagree, you are a moron. End of story.
Nobody should care, but those are the rules, and if you want to play college football you have to live by them (at least while the NCAA still exists).  If you break the rules, you have to accept the consequences.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:58 pm

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

It's not about tattoos and memorabilia, it's about Tressel not reporting it as he was required to do in his contract and by NCAA rules. He screwed up and we have to pay for it and take our medicine. 
I'm shocked at the rational thinking here ohsptsfan.  Great comment, and unusual to see from an OSU fan.

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:54 pm

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

These sanctions seem a bit hardcore to me. But it shouldnt effect recruiting too much.

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