NCAA Hits Buckeyes With Bowl Ban

The Urban Meyer Era at Ohio State will have to wait for year 2 to participate in a bowl game. The NCAA slapped Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and other penalties on Tuesday for a scandal that involved eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia.

Ohio State was not expecting the bowl ban, but the NCAA said the fact that coach Jim Tressel knew of the violations and did nothing, added to the penalties.

Ohio State had offered to vacate the 2010 season, return its Bowl money and reduce scholarships by 5 over a three-year period.

The NCAA said, "That's not enough."

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Urban Meyer and Ohio State will have to work with 3 fewer scholarships each of the next three years.

Aside from the loss of nine scholarships, Ohio State will also be on NCAA probation for three years.

Perhaps the hardest hit by the NCAA was former coach Jim Tressel. He was slapped with a five-year "Show Cause" order which will effectively kill his collegiate coaching career.

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Any school that tries to hire Tressel over the next five years will have to explain to the NCAA why it should be allowed to -- as well as face severe sanctions for any future violations.

It is almost a year to the date since the Ohio State-Tattoo scandal first hit the media. On Dec. 23, 2010, Ohio State suspended Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the 2011 season after they were found guilty of NCAA violations for selling memorabilia and awards for improper benefits, including tattoos.

Edward Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink where Ohio State players did business in 2009 and 2010, has been sentenced to three years in prison following his conviction earlier this year on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

Of course many in college football may look back at the Ohio State mess as "The Good Old Days," compared to some other off-the-field stories of 2011.

For instance there is Miami Booster/Sports Agent/Ponzi Schemer Nevin Shapiro who says he provided money, cars and even prostitutes to Hurricanes athletes.

Shapiro, in jail for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, was also making contributions of thousands of dollars to the Miami Hurricane Athletic Program while lavishing gifts on players at the same time.

Then in November the revelations of the Jerry Sandusky-child molestation scandal at Penn State led to the firing of coaching legend Joe Paterno.

It's almost enough to make the Buckeyes "Stuff for Tattoos" scandal seem quaint.

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