Ohio State Gives Up All 12 Football Wins From Last Season for Rules Breach

Ohio State University vacated all 12 of its victories from the 2010 college football season, including a win in the Sugar Bowl, because of rules violations that already led to the departure of coach Jim Tressel.

The school’s actions didn’t include a recommendation to ban the Buckeyes from postseason play or reduce scholarships. They came as part of a formal response to National Collegiate Athletic Association charges received in April, the Columbus, Ohio-based university said today in an e-mailed news release.

Tressel resigned on May 30, almost six months after players including quarterback Terrelle Pryor were suspended for selling or trading uniforms and other memorabilia to the owner of a tattoo parlor, following revelations that the coach knew about the infractions and didn’t report them.

Other measures officially taken today, many of which had been previously announced, were the five-game suspensions for five players involved in the violations; accepting Tressel’s resignation; imposing a two-year probation; and enhancing the school’s monitoring, education and compliance programs.

“We are fully cooperating with the NCAA, and we look forward to working together to bring a resolution to these current matters,” Gene Smith, Ohio State’s athletic director, said in the statement. “Throughout the entire process since we discovered possible infractions, Ohio State has consistently acted to investigate any allegation, self-report its findings to the NCAA, communicate transparently about its findings, and take necessary remediation steps.”

12-1 to 0-1

If the NCAA accepts the proposal, Ohio State’s record for the 2010 season would be recorded as 0-1, with a 31-18 loss at Wisconsin, Jeff Williams, a statistician with the national association, said in an e-mail.

The school and Tressel also jointly announced an agreement under which he will change his previously announced resignation to a retirement, which “resolves any issues arising out of Tressel’s employment with Ohio State.”

Tressel led the Buckeyes to the national championship after the 2002 season. He originally was suspended by the school in March for two games next season, then increased that ban himself to five games before announcing he was leaving as coach.

“I take full responsibility for my mistakes that have led to the ongoing NCAA inquiry and to scrutiny and criticism of the football program,” Tressel said in a statement. “I am grateful for this opportunity to retire from the university that I so deeply respect and that I will continue to support.”

Ohio State went 12-1 last season, beating Arkansas 31-26 in the Sugar Bowl. They also won their sixth straight Big Ten Conference title and 35th overall, and beat rival Michigan 37-7.

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