Posted December 21, 2011 on AP on Fox
(Eds: Restores coding. With AP Photos. AP Video.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist What are the chances Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was laughing out loud when he composed his response to the additional sanctions heaped on his school by the NCAA? ''We are surprised and disappointed by the NCAA's decision,'' his statement read. ''However, we have decided not to appeal the decision because we need to move forward as an institution.'' Based on the kid-gloves treatment afforded the Buckeyes, that shouldn't be a problem. Ohio State had already offered to vacate the 2010 season, return bowl money, go on two years of NCAA probation and use five fewer football scholarships over the next three years. On Tuesday, the NCAA tacked on a year of probation, took away four additional scholarships and imposed a one-year bowl ban. Even combined, those penalties are roughly half as severe as those the NCAA dropped on Southern California in June 2010...

Ohio State's comedy of errors

A former colleague of Jim Tressel once told a story about the disgraced coaching icon before he grew into the sweater-vested poster boy for much of whats wrong with big-time college football.Seems Tressel repeatedly called the same play from the booth snap after snap until finally questioned about his repetitive strategy by the head coach down on the sideline.Ill stop doing it when...

Ohio State: A chronology of events in scandal

A timeline of Ohio State's NCAA problems in football: --- - April 2, 2010, 2:32 p.m.: Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel receives an email from Columbus attorney Christopher T. Cicero, the first of 12 they exchange. Cicero, a former Ohio State walk-on player in the 1980s, says he has been told current Buckeyes players have been selling signed memorabilia to tattoo parlor...

Ohio State's NCAA penalties

In a ruling by the NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions on Tuesday, Ohio State was cited for failure to monitor, preferential treatment and extra benefit violations in its football program. Former coach Jim Tressel was found to have engaged in unethical conduct. Here are the penalties facing Ohio State. - One-year bowl ban for the 2012 postseason. - Reduction of football...

What Do Ohio State's Penalties Mean For UNC?

The short answer: Probably not much.  On Tuesday, the NCAA handed down its final judgment on Ohio State’s football program over a scandal involving improper benefits, a booster and former coach Jim Tressel’s attempt to cover up the violations. In a somewhat surprising move, the NCAA slapped a one year bowl ban on the Buckeyes along with an additional year of probation, a reduction...

Ohio State Receives NCAA Punishment, But Was It Enough?

[Ed.: Below is a reaction to Ohio State's NCAA sanctions from Tab Bamford, the man who was the first to break the Jim Tressel news almost exactly a year ago. On that day, he sent shockwaves throughout Columbus, eliciting direct denials from the school and Tressel himself, and started the ball rolling towards yesterday's sanctions. He was blasted on Columbus radio, received...

Ohio State Receives Fair Punishment By NCAA

On Tuesday, the NCAA rendered their decision on the Ohio State football program almost a year after their investigation began about the rule violations that had occurred under former head coach Jim Tressel. The NCAA decided to cite Ohio State “for failure to monitor, preferential treatment and extra benefit violations,” which got them a postseason ban for one year. Not only...

A lot happened in a year in Ohio State scandal

It started with a few kids who wanted tattoos. The owner of the tattoo parlor wasn't necessarily a big Buckeyes fan, but he liked having them around. It ended with NCAA infractions and a year of investigations. On Tuesday, Ohio State finally got the verdict on its memorabilia-for-cash scandal from the NCAA's committee on infractions. The NCAA declared that the Buckeyes...

Ohio State Banned From Bowl Game Next Season, Stripped of Scholarships by NCAA

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer's first Ohio State team won't be bowl bound. The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and other penalties on Tuesday for a scandal that involved eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia. Tipped to the violations, then-coach Jim Tressel failed to speak up...
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