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Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So it appears that while you can erase history, you can't erase a ring.

Even though Ohio State announced on Friday that it would vacate every one of the school's victories from the 2010 season -- which includes wiping out a share of a Big Ten title and a Sugar Bowl victory -- a report in the Columbus Dispatch says that Buckeyes players will not have to return their rings.

Even though the record book won't show [Bryant] Browning's Big Ten title, his ring will. The Buckeyes already have received their Big Ten championship rings, and athletic director Gene Smith said they won't be recalled.

"They'll keep those," Smith said. "We didn't feel we needed to take those back."

Browning, a senior lineman, said he appreciated the gesture.

"I guess it does show they care about our senior class, that we did earn those rings," he said.

Feel free to make your "they can get some sweet tattoos for those rings" joke here.

Of course, just because Ohio State players will be able to hold onto their rings, that doesn't mean all the championship hardware that Ohio State earned in 2010 will remain. The school will remove the Big Ten trophy and the Sugar Bowl trophy from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, though it's not sure whether or not Ohio State will return the trophies to Chicago and New Orleans respectively.

Some may take offense to the fact that players will be allowed to keep rings for a title that we're supposed to pretend never happened, but I think in a case like this, it's more important that the school bears the weight of the punishment, not the players. After all, while a few members of the Buckeyes roster broke NCAA rules, the overwhelming majority of players followed NCAA guidelines and shouldn't be punished for the actions of others. After all, it wasn't the players who decided to sit on this information for nine months and deliberately send ineligible players onto the field to play every week. 

Comments

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 7:50 am
 

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

Hey maxbuster: try to focus on a single thought before you put it in black in white.  Reading your half-muled attempt at a post was like watching a rodent (like a wolverine or badger) run around in the middle of nowhere.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

Reggie Bush Heisman trophy and Heisman ring??? They can ask for anything they want, anyone wanting to continue on a football scholarship will return it...



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

They probably can't return them because they're all sold.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

Stop being bitter. The school has no grounds (or realistic way) to force these kids to give their rings back. If this team hadn't basically kept your team from the Rose Bowl you wouldn't even care.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

When they have money they spend it on beer and wild women.  Leave them broke and with nothing better to do than practice football and study and they will be much better going forward.




Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:59 am
 

pay off

can they sell their rings for a new stylish tattoo?  The latest things cost a lot more.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:17 am
 

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

Since OSU vacation of the B1G championship means that the Badgers shouldn't have represented the conference in the Rose Bowl. How is OSU going to fix that? Forfeit future games with MSU?



Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:46 am
 

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

if the players had money they wouldnt have to pawn there things.



Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:02 am
 

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

The six players who got the team in trouble probably sold them in a heartbeat.



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Buckeye players keeping rings, but trophies to go

I wonder how much they will go for... couple hundred bucks a ring, no doubt. Collectors item for sure. Championship ring from a vacated bowl is a rarity... so far.


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