A painful lesson

Matt Murschel

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Orlando Sentinel

From the start, the Buckeyes tried to sweep all of this under the rug. The NCAA pulled that rug out from under the program Tuesday when it handed down a one-year postseason ban.

The penalty is harsh — no Big Ten or national championship in 2012 — but it could have been a whole lot worse. Just ask USC fans who had to suffer through back-to-back seasons without postseason play.

While Ohio State is no USC, it did drop the ball when it came to compliance.

With schools such as Miami and North Carolina still under investigation, the NCAA wanted to make an example. It's a painful lesson for the Buckeyes.


Yes, compared with USC

Gary Klein

Los Angeles Times

Ohio State probably got an appropriate penalty for the violations that occurred under Jim Tressel's watch. The problem is that, compared with USC, the Buckeyes got off easy.

USC's football program was hit with a two-year bowl ban and lost an unprecedented 30 scholarships, largely for the actions of one player. Ohio State gets a one-year bowl ban and loses nine scholarships for the actions of multiple players, boosters and Tressel, who covered up violations.

USC's mishandling of its case provided a template of what not to do. Ohio State and others have learned that admitting to some violations, self-sanctioning and cooperating with the NCAA helps ease the pain.


Pays to cooperate