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Ohio State's penalties won't be financial

Posted on: July 8, 2011 5:24 pm
By playing in the Sugar Bowl, Ohio State earned the Big Ten Conference $6 million as the league’s second BCS bowl team. And Ohio State and the league will keep every penny since the BCS has no power to impose any financial penalties on the Buckeyes.

“The BCS is not a governance body nor an investigative body,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock told “Policy is that the BCS group would act only at the conclusion of the NCAA process, and only if the NCAA returns findings.”

On Friday, Ohio State vacated all of its 2010 victories, including the 31-26 win against Arkansas, and put itself on two years probation. Jim Tressel, who covered up and lied about multiple NCAA violations, left the school on May 30. A handful of players have been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season (but were allowed by the NCAA to play in the Sugar Bowl).

Ohio State will go before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions next month. Further penalties are possible – just not financial ones.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions cannot withhold bowl money from a football program for committing major NCAA violations.

"The key here is unlike NCAA championships, where if you have to vacate a Final Four [appearance], the Committee on Infractions and NCAA can mandate that you as an institution return monies to the NCAA,” said Joe D’Antonio, the Big East’s senior associate commissioner for compliance. “The BCS is not controlled by the NCAA. Consequently the Committee on Infractions cannot impose those types of [financial] penalties.”


Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 8:00 pm

Ohio State's penalties won't be financial

If the NCAA and BSC can't find a way to penalize schools (OSU for starters), I'd suggest long term (5 years) bans on any bowl participation.  THAT, my friends would impact them right where it hurts ... in the wallet!!!

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 6:26 pm

Ohio State's penalties won't be financial

That is the ultimate commentary here - OSU will take the hit in the record book but not the pocket book.  That says it all.  Hopefully, OSU will get at least the TV ban they deserve.  We have got to start making the cheating not pay.  And maybe CBS, ESPN and the other networks will stop hiring coaches with a history of wrongdoing which is why I will not watch Lou Holtz, just like I won't watch Rich Rodriquez.  The networks should be setting a better example too!

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