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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: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:52 pm

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

I see the NCAA went easy on them. OSU fans should consider themselves lucky because it should have been the same penalty as USC.

How can you even justify yourself to say that? Please give me a reason why it should have been the same? Ten i'll give your pathetic little mind several to ponder over, (that means think about), why you sould just keep your comments to yourself next time.

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:50 pm

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

You obviously don't know Cinderella's story very well:  She lived happily ever after and not in a cellar.  After seeing what Brady Hoke and his stellar staff accomplished this year with the current Michigan team, I'm convinced that Michigan will continue to be a force in the B1G and on the national stage for years to come.  Michigan already has one of the top recruiting classes for 2012 (although that doesn't by itself doesn't translate into a great team).  And, Michigan will do it the "right" way. Ohio State, on the hand, not so much.  That form you're banking on will take some time to come back (although it will certainly come back), and some recruits won't be willing to wait out even a one-year bowl ban and the lack of national exposure for their talents--even if Urban Meyer is the Buckeye coach. 

No, i know the cinderella story as well as you do. I'm actually quite suprised you admitted that we would get back to top form. Maybe not all michigan fans are as arrogant as others. But hoke comes from a school that had some dirty tactics as well. you might want to hope that he doesn't slip off the good trail as well. I'll admit he did good this year. But sooner or later he's going to run out of QB, (Robinson). And i wonder how they'll do without him with all of the good RB's going to schools in the sec big 12 pac 12, and ohio state and wisky. We'll see my friend. I wish you the best of luck against Va. Tech, (not that you really need it).

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:45 pm

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

I see the NCAA went easy on them. OSU fans should consider themselves lucky because it should have been the same penalty as USC.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:39 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.

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:31 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.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:27 pm

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

Ebonyrod, The penalties were mostly fair considering the situation, but hey if the NCAA can't add on and can only reduce the penalties then any sane person would have to appeal. 

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:27 pm

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

Fitting the NCAA would have representation from Oregon and the SEC on the committee that reviewed the infractions.  That makes it legit....

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:23 pm

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

For those who think the Buckeyes got off easy think about this, the NCAA reached beyond their own jurisdiction and restricted a players ability to play outside of college football for the first time EVER! They then went out and restricted a coach's ability to coach outside of college football again for the first time EVER! The NCAA is a joke. These programs make millions of dollars off these kids, but when there is a 'violation' of their arbitrary rules, which by the way are not in any way criminal, who is really hurt? The kids, not the institutions. Until the kids who toil for room and board, essentially what slaves got, get some compensation that might take away the need for violations, this stupid system of punishing the employee while the company walks will never change. College Sports works similar to the banking industry, and we all know who got screwed by them!

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:19 pm

Its not even really a slap...........

more like a wet willie.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:12 pm

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

dfinky, you're such a typical Buckeye hater it's comical! So OSU's all about the money? Perhaps you forget that ALL $ from bowl games is divided up equally among all Big 10 teams, including your own . Is Mr Righteous offering to give back his portion of the bowl $ that OSU contributed last season? I don't think so. And what bowl game did Big Blue go to last year? Right, the same bowl game OSU is going to this year. Yes, Tressel screwed up and should get what he deserves. But these kids sold their own property for tattoos and cash. They weren't given the money, they traded their own property. Can't wait for the next scandal at UM. I'll be laughing so hard at the buckeye haters I'll soil myself!

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