Thursday, March 16, 2006
Ohio State must erase regular season records
DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio State must erase references from
university produced material to all regular-season games the
Buckeyes played while using an ineligible player, in addition to
removing any NCAA Tournament trips they made during that time.
Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp said Thursday the university
asked the NCAA whether it had to wipe out references to all games
played and not just those played in the postseason.
"They said it is for all the regular-season games and
postseason games," Snapp said at the University of Dayton Arena,
where the Buckeyes meet Davidson on Friday in a first-round NCAA
The NCAA gave Ohio State three years' probation March 10 and
ordered it to pay back all tournament money earned from 1999-2002
when Boban Savovic was on the Buckeyes' roster. In addition, Ohio
State must remove all references to team accomplishments from those
A two-year NCAA investigation found that Savovic received
improper benefits and committed academic fraud while he played for
Originally, the university thought last week's ruling only dealt
with NCAA Tournament games.
Snapp said Ohio State has pulled down the banners at Value City
Arena related to NCAA trips, Final Fours and Big Ten championships.
He said he was uncertain when any tournament revenue would be
paid back to the NCAA. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said
last week that he estimated the school would have to return around
$800,000 accrued from the postseason.
Snapp said the university will be in touch with the NCAA
regarding how to list the games from those four seasons in future
Ohio State media guides. The NCAA says the games must be
"vacated" -- indicating they are not forfeited but rather listed
as if they were not even played.
Ohio State's current NCAA Tournament media guide already has
been updated and ignores the Buckeyes' trip to the Final Four in
1999 and losses in the second round in 2000, first round in 2001
and second round of the 2002 tournament.
"Ohio State is making its 19th appearance in the NCAA
Tournament and first since 1992," the media guide says.