This has to be a joke, right?
Ohio State University is wiping its stellar 2010 football season from the record books as self-imposed punishment for major NCAA violations, sources told The Dispatch.
But it is not suggesting that the team lose scholarships or be banned from postseason play.
The university submitted its response to the NCAA today, addressing allegations that then-coach Jim Tressel lied and allowed ineligible players to compete by failing to report that they had sold OSU-issued memorabilia to a tattoo-parlor owner.
Sources familiar with the university’s response also told The Dispatch that Ohio State is admitting major violations of NCAA regulations, but says it should not face harsh punishment because no OSU official other than Tressel was aware of player violations.
Ooh, wiping 2010 from the books! That’s gonna leave a mark.
At least Jim Tressel will pay the price for… what’s that, you say?
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel will receive more than $52,000 from the university and won’t have to pay a $250,000 fine for his involvement in a scandal that has tarnished the school’s athletics program, sources familiar with the settlement told The Dispatch…
… He will officially retire so that he also can collect his unpaid sick and vacation time, and use health-insurance coverage for him and his family under the plan available to all state retirees, the sources said.
Go and sin no more, Jim.
I’m surprised OSU isn’t asking the NCAA for an apology for making the school spend the time working up a response. Seriously, we all mock the NCAA for being clueless, but the Buckeyes seem to be taking the mockery to a new level with this. It’s almost as if they’re daring the NCAA to smack ’em back.