July 08, 2011

Ohio State vacates 2010 football wins, Sugar Bowl: Responding to the NCAA's investigation of a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job and led to star quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving school, the university also said Friday it is waiving a $250,000 fine imposed on Tressel and changing his resignation to a retirement. The move contradicts a comment university President Gordon Gee made last month when he said Tressel "will pay the fine."

posted by billsaysthis to football at 04:18 PM - 11 comments

This is such transparent bullshit.

posted by feloniousmonk at 04:33 PM on July 08, 2011

i normally do not weigh in on these things, but, i this is really unbelievable! So, because a minority of the team traded THEIR PERSONAL memorabilia for cash/tats, the ENTIRE team and school has to suffer?! HOW does that work?! Fisrt of all how do you say REALISTICALLY to the current team, sorry, we did not win any games last year, and we did not win the Sugar Bowl! Thanks for your efforts?! Also, what do the other theams post as their lost to OSU on the record books? We were beat by OSU but because of OSU forfeiting the season, we won? HOW is that right? AND why are you giving MICHIGAN wins for the last 7 years?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF?! Again, the only people punished here are the surving members. Last of all we will monitior our current and future football players like they are prisioners, (what bars to go to eateriers, cars to drive,where to live, ect.), sorry these people are adults and need to be treated as such. Sorry if this sounds like a rant but in my opion this has been blow way out of proportion!

posted by hotjockus at 05:16 PM on July 08, 2011

That doesn't just sound like a rant.

posted by Hugh Janus at 06:48 PM on July 08, 2011

I'm trying to figure out what the punishment is. Forfeit last season's games, but keeping the money. Forgiving the $250,000 fine to Tressel and agreeing to pay him an extra $50,000 plus because he retired instead of resigned. And promise to do better in the future - or at least the next couple of years - if nobody don't catches us.

posted by graymatters at 06:58 PM on July 08, 2011

Looks like it has been 594 days since Michigan has lost to Ohio State in football.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:30 PM on July 08, 2011

I've been trying to come up with a reason why Gordon Gee shouldn't be circling his choices on the daily menu card at Guantanamo.

Haven't come up with anything compelling yet.

A guy like him will probably never lack for career opportunities. If they drum him out of Columbus, there's always FIFA.

posted by beaverboard at 07:51 AM on July 09, 2011

hotjockus: So USC should still have their national title from 2004? After all that was just one player, Reggie Bush, who was busted.

Sadly as I'm a USC alumnus I will have to disagree. If a player who should not have been eligible plays then the entire game is tainted. Terrel Pryor, similarly to Bush, was massively important to the results and his participation cannot be reasoned away.

Yes, an entire team, school and community will have to suffer for the misdeeds of a few or even one.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:23 PM on July 09, 2011

This is unbelievable and a joke, but because the measures taken by OSU are wholly backward looking (and oh yeah, they get to reap the monetary benefits of their BCS appearance last year). They should and will get dinged with scholarship losses and hopefully a bowl ban.

And the outrage about punishing the many for the actions of the few conveniently overlooks the fact that the coach was complicit in all of this -- he knew he had ineligible players and played them anyway and then lied to the NCAA about it.

posted by holden at 03:04 PM on July 09, 2011

(and oh yeah, they get to reap the monetary benefits of their BCS appearance last year)

The Big Ten shares all football revenues amongst the conference members. A school that goes to a bowl game is reimbursed for its expenses, and any remaining money is then divided among all of the teams. This article from the U of Minnesota's Minnesota Daily explains how it works and how the money was set up to be divided after the 2009 - 2010 set of bowl games. The good news is that Ohio State profited no more than any other Big Ten school from its bowl appearance. The bad news is that unless the conference decides otherwise, OSU will continue to profit from the bowl appearances of other schools. If the NCAA does what it should, OSU will be unlikely to go to a bowl for a while.

posted by Howard_T at 04:52 PM on July 09, 2011

Until someone comes up with a time machine, 'vacating' results or entire seasons is bobbins.

posted by etagloh at 02:30 PM on July 10, 2011


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