Ohio State Receives Bowl Ban
The Ohio State University football team has received a one-year bowl appearance ban from the NCAA and will lose nine scholarships over the span of three years, according to a release from the NCAA.
Ohio State’s athletic program was informed of the ruling by the NCAA’s committee on infractions on Tuesday afternoon.
The NCAA’s committee on infractions found Ohio State and former head coach Jim Tressel to have engaged in ‘unethical conduct’ for not reporting NCAA rules violations during the 2010 season.
Many of the penalties handed down by the NCAA had already been self-imposed by the university for the alleged activities of eight football players found to have received cash and tattoos from the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor.
According to the fact of the case presented to the NCAA, the players received more than $14,000 in cash payments in addition to free or discounted tattoos at the parlor.
According to the NCAA’s ruling, Ohio State will be banned from the 2012 postseason, which includes possible participation in the Big Ten Conference championship game.
Ohio State’s football team will also forfeit three football scholarships each of the next three years. Ohio State had self-imposed a reduction of five scholarships during the same time frame. The NCAA deemed the reduction insufficient.
Former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel has also been slapped with a “show-cause” order by the NCAA. The order means that a school wanting to hire Tressel could face sanctions and appear before the NCAA to show why he should be hired.
The NCAA also ruled that all wins from the 2010 season and $338,811, the amount the university received through the Big Ten Conference revenue sharing for bowl games, will be forfeited.
According to the release and unnamed, involved booster and a former student-athlete will be banned from having contact with the program for five-years.