Tag:Ohio State Vacates 2010 Season
Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 2:58 pm

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So it appears that while you can erase history, you can't erase a ring.

Even though Ohio State announced on Friday that it would vacate every one of the school's victories from the 2010 season -- which includes wiping out a share of a Big Ten title and a Sugar Bowl victory -- a report in the Columbus Dispatch says that Buckeyes players will not have to return their rings.

Even though the record book won't show [Bryant] Browning's Big Ten title, his ring will. The Buckeyes already have received their Big Ten championship rings, and athletic director Gene Smith said they won't be recalled.

"They'll keep those," Smith said. "We didn't feel we needed to take those back."

Browning, a senior lineman, said he appreciated the gesture.

"I guess it does show they care about our senior class, that we did earn those rings," he said.

Feel free to make your "they can get some sweet tattoos for those rings" joke here.

Of course, just because Ohio State players will be able to hold onto their rings, that doesn't mean all the championship hardware that Ohio State earned in 2010 will remain. The school will remove the Big Ten trophy and the Sugar Bowl trophy from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, though it's not sure whether or not Ohio State will return the trophies to Chicago and New Orleans respectively.

Some may take offense to the fact that players will be allowed to keep rings for a title that we're supposed to pretend never happened, but I think in a case like this, it's more important that the school bears the weight of the punishment, not the players. After all, while a few members of the Buckeyes roster broke NCAA rules, the overwhelming majority of players followed NCAA guidelines and shouldn't be punished for the actions of others. After all, it wasn't the players who decided to sit on this information for nine months and deliberately send ineligible players onto the field to play every week. 

Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 4:31 pm

Ohio State to vacate wins from 2010

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ohio State submitted its reply to NCAA charges Friday, and according to the Associated Press, the school is going to wipe its 2010 season from the record books. Though the school did not mention any plans to lose scholarships or impose a bowl ban.

Ohio State says it's vacating its wins from the 2010 football season, including the Buckeyes' victory over Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.

Responding to NCAA allegations over a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job, Ohio State says Friday it also is waiving a $250,000 fine it had imposed on Tressel and changing his resignation to a retirement. Through the school, the ex-Buckeyes coach says that he is taking responsibility for the NCAA inquiry, which developed after it was learned Tressel failed to report players receiving improper benefits.

The university also is imposing a two-year probation period on the program, which means there would be harsher penalties if any further wrongdoing is discovered..

Of course, while vacating its entire 2010 season is a good first step for Ohio State, this does not mean the school will escape the loss of scholarships or a postseason ban. After the school's date in front of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions next month, the NCAA could decide to institute both punishments, if not more.

And speaking of that meeting next month, word also came today that Jim Tressel will be appearing in front of the Committee on Infractions as well. My guess is that any further punishment that may come Ohio State's way could have a lot to do with whether Tressel is willing to fall on his sword as the school seems to hope he will by saying he was the only school official who was aware of any violations.

You can read more about my thoughts, along with Jerry Hinnen's, about Ohio State's decision here

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