Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Ohio State penalties include 1-year bowl ban
By Adam Rittenberg
Ohio State on Tuesday received a postseason ban for the 2012 season among other penalties from the NCAA, which ruled on the school's infractions case, The Columbus Dispatch and ESPN are reporting.
The penalties from the NCAA's infractions committee include a one-year bowl ban, nine lost scholarships during the next three years (three per year) and two years of probation. Former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel also received a show-cause penalty from the NCAA, which makes any school that hires Tressel subject to penalties unless it proves why it should escape sanctions.
The bowl ban prohibits Ohio State from playing in the Big Ten championship game in 2012.
Ohio State had self-imposed penalties after admitting to several NCAA violations. The school's penalties included vacating all wins from the 2010 season, giving back its share of Big Ten bowl revenue, losing five scholarships during the next three years and imposing one year of probation. Athletic director Gene Smith repeatedly stated that he didn't think Ohio State's violations merited a bowl ban, although he added that the school would accept one if handed down.
Colleague Joe Schad is reporting that the school is unlikely to appeal the sanctions.
There are several layers to Ohio State's NCAA violations that ended with today's ruling.
- Six players admitted to trading memorabilia items in exchange for cash and tattoos.
- Tressel admitted to knowing about the players' violations and not telling anyone from Ohio State, the Big Ten or the NCAA about them. He knowingly played ineligible players throughout the 2010 regular season.
- Four players were found to have accepted money from former booster Bobby DiGeronimo for work they didn't perform.
Two members from the infractions committee will speak with reporters at 3 p.m. ET. We'll have much more on this breaking story throughout the day.