COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State is vacating its
wins from the 2010 football season, including its share of the Big 10
championship and the Buckeyes' victory over Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar
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.
school, the ex-Buckeyes coach said that he is taking responsibility for
the NCAA inquiry, which developed after it was learned Tressel failed
to report players receiving improper benefits.
Tressel will attend Ohio State's Aug. 12 hearing before the NCAA infractions committee, the former coach's attorney said Friday.
university also is putting the football program on probation for two
years, which means there would be harsher penalties if any further
wrongdoing is discovered.
The response to the NCAA doesn't mean
Ohio State's woes are over. The governing body for college sports could
still impose tougher sanctions, such as a ban on post-season play and a
reduction in scholarships in the wake of the August hearing.
Director Gene Smith wouldn't speculate on what else the NCAA might do,
but he called the university's actions significant. Not only is the
entire 2010 season wiped out along with the Sugar Bowl, but so is the
university's seven-game winning streak over rival Michigan.
"That's a significant impact to those who participated, and some of them are still here today," he said.
said the university will overhaul how it manages its football players,
from the cars they drive to where they live, to the bars and restaurants
they visit. "A lot of different strategies," he said.
he felt betrayed by Tressel when the coach informed him he'd known for
months that players had sold memorabilia or traded them for tattoos and
cash at a local tattoo parlor without telling anyone at the university,
as required under his contract and NCAA rules.
"In the moment, yes, I felt betrayed. Why not bring that to me?" Smith said. "But I've gone on."
players will miss five games this season as a result of the scandal,
which initially broke shortly before the Sugar Bowl -- though those
involved were still allowed to suit up -- and one player will miss one
under a previously announced sanction by the university. Pryor also was
suspended but left school soon after Tressel resigned in late May to try
his luck in the NFL.
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