The NCAA Infractions Committee are meeting today at 3pm to FINALLY put an end to the year-long wait for punishment regarding the Ohio State infractions against NCAA rules. This ruling comes just one day shy of the anniversary of the breaking news reporting the initial violations. For anyone recently recovering from a coma or without access to any news source over the past 12 months, let me give you the brief run-down on OSU’s wrongdoings, and the resulting consequences.
Ohio State’s NCAA Infractions:
- 6 current and 1 former Student Athletes traded gear and memorabilia for cash and discounts on tattoos to a tattoo parlor called Fine Line Ink. Additionally, Jim Tressel knew or should have known that at least 2 student-athletes received these impermissible benefits, and failed to withhold them from competition while ineligible.
- Jim Tressel failed to report himself with honesty and integrity when he failed to disclose information concerning violations of NCAA legislation. Additionally, he withheld information for 9 months regarding the violations in Allegation 1, and falsely attested that he had reported all NCAA violations when he signed the certification of compliance form.
- Robert DiGeronimo, an OSU booster, arranged for five student-athletes to be overcompensated by a total of $1,605 while they were employed by businesses owned and operated by the DiGeronimo family.
- Received Failure-To-Monitor label from NCAA in November after DiGeronimo infractions were brought to light.
Ohio State’s Self-Imposed Punishments:
- Vacated all 11 wins from the 2010 season, including the Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas
- Returned OSU share of bowl revenue
- Resignation of Coach Jim Tressel
- 5 game suspension of all players guilty of committing the infractions
- 2 Year Probation
- (After DiGeronimo issue) Reduction of five scholarships over a 3 year period
- Further suspensions of players involved in overcompensation during summer jobs
NCAA Sanctions (Decided on 12/20/11 at 3pm):
At today’s meeting, the NCAA has decided to uphold Ohio State’s current, self-imposed punishments, but will also add the loss of 4 more scholarships, for a total of 9 over the next 3 years. On top of that, the Buckeyes must add another year of probation onto their suggested 2 year proposal, for a total of 3 years on probation. The worst addition to the self-imposed punishments will be the 1 year bowl ban for the 2012 season. On top of that, Jim Tressel received a show cause penalty, which is essentially a ban that will prohibit him from working in the NCAA, and requires another school to “show cause” as to why they should not be punished for hiring him.
This news will come with mixed emotions for most Buckeye fans, as it seems to equal the violations committed by the players, but slightly greater than most fans had been prepared for. Fans of nearly every other school around the country, however, will undoubtedly scream that this is still an injustice (my favorite are the most uninformed ones who “demand” the death penalty). But such is life.
Had it not been for the constant reports and speculations by the media over the past 364 days, the nation may have had a better idea of what actually took place, as opposed to George Dohrmann’s (Sports Illustrated) incorrect view of what he thought might be going on in Columbus.
However, the purpose of this blog is not to defend or argue the sanctions, but merely to inform about the consequences that have been handed down…finally. Now, with Urban Meyer at the helm, the Buckeyes can prepare for the 2012 season with hope of Big Ten Championships and National titles delayed for 1 year. Time to put the past, which was caused almost entirely by coaches and players that no longer where the Scarlet and Gray, behind and move ahead.
What are your thoughts on the final NCAA sanctions?
One final thought: If Gene Smith had self-imposed a bowl ban in 2011, for a team that we already knew would not compete for a B1G, let alone National, Championship, would OSU have received the same punishment?
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