Posted by Tom Fornelli
Ohio State submitted its reply to NCAA charges Friday, and according to the Associated Press, the school is going to wipe its 2010 season from the record books. Though the school did not mention any plans to lose scholarships or impose a bowl ban.
Ohio State says it's vacating its wins from the 2010 football season, including the Buckeyes' victory over Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
Responding to NCAA allegations over a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job, Ohio State says Friday it also is waiving a $250,000 fine it had imposed on Tressel and changing his resignation to a retirement. Through the school, the ex-Buckeyes coach says that he is taking responsibility for the NCAA inquiry, which developed after it was learned Tressel failed to report players receiving improper benefits.
The university also is imposing a two-year probation period on the program, which means there would be harsher penalties if any further wrongdoing is discovered..
Of course, while vacating its entire 2010 season is a good first step for Ohio State, this does not mean the school will escape the loss of scholarships or a postseason ban. After the school's date in front of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions next month, the NCAA could decide to institute both punishments, if not more.
And speaking of that meeting next month, word also came today that Jim Tressel will be appearing in front of the Committee on Infractions as well. My guess is that any further punishment that may come Ohio State's way could have a lot to do with whether Tressel is willing to fall on his sword as the school seems to hope he will by saying he was the only school official who was aware of any violations.
You can read more about my thoughts, along with Jerry Hinnen's, about Ohio State's decision here.