Ohio State Football Banned From Postseason Play In 2012, According To Report

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Ohio State's Gene Smith Surprised By NCAA Postseason Ban

With all the news of a 2012 postseason ban and other punishments for the Ohio State Buckeyes, many are wondering if it could be avoided somehow. While some are suggesting that Ohio State dodged a bullet, there are those who wonder why the school didn't self-impose a postseason ban for the 2011 postseason to potentially clear the way for a 2012 run. This tweet, for instance, echoes those sentiments exactly:

Why didn't Ohio St impose bowl ban on itself this so-so season? Probably didn't think it would get one for next year.    

It makes a lot of sense that maybe Ohio State didn't see this coming, especially with reports about Urban Meyer and others promising potential new recruits that a 2012 ban was out of the question. Maybe the team did legitimately believe they were going to escape without any form of ban to bowl games, Big Ten title games or National Championships.

There is an official statement from Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith, in which he says that he's surprised before all else, somewhat validating the above tweet:

"We are surprised and disappointed with the NCAA's decision," said Gene Smith, Ohio State's Athletics Director and Associate Vice President.  "However, we have decided not to appeal the decision because we need to move forward as an institution.  We recognize that this is a challenging time in intercollegiate athletics.  Institutions of higher education must move to higher ground, and Ohio State embraces its leadership responsibilities and affirms its long-standing commitment to excellence in education and integrity in all it does.

"My primary concern, as always, is for our students, and this decision punishes future students for the actions of others in the past," said Smith.  "Knowing our student-athletes, however, I have no doubt in their capacity to turn this into something positive - for themselves and for the institution.  I am grateful to our entire Buckeye community for their continued support." 

In hindsight, it may be something worth questioning, but if the Buckeyes felt they had a chance to make the postseason this season and if there was the hope they wouldn't get a postseason ban, then you probably can't fault them too much. Still, the fact that they don't plan to appeal the decision could mean that they knew this was a case they were bound to lose. So who really knows at this point?

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Ohio State Football Sactions Could Have Been Worse, According To Report

The Ohio State Buckeyes received a pretty bit penalty on Tuesday, being banned from postseason play in 2012 - which includes any bowl games, Big Ten conference games or potential National Championship games. They lost some football scholarships and received an extra year of probation. All-in-all, it was a pretty rough day for Ohio State. Many are wondering where things are going to go with many of their top recruits this year, as many are reporting that new head coach Urban Meyer has been promising them that the NCAA wouldn't levy a postseason ban.

And yet, with all of that, somebody believes that Ohio State got off light and dodged a bullet, and it certainly seems that way according to this tweet:

Key witness refused to cooperate w/ NCAA's Ohio State probe. Had he taken part, sanctions could have been far worse. OSU dodged a bullet.    

If that report is true, then Ohio State did indeed dodge a bullet. With the length and depth of the investigation that took place, if another key witness had been able to cooperate with the NCAA, OSU could be looking at a devastating effect on their football program. When looked at from that perspective, it's hard to be upset about a one-year postseason ban. How many years could it have lasted if there were more hard evidence on the Buckeyes? We'll probably never know, but this is one of those odd "silver linings."

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Ohio State Football Banned From Postseason Play In 2012, According To Report

After a very long investigation, the NCAA is set to announce its ruling on multiple infractions by the Ohio State Buckeyes football program. With an official announcement to come a little later on Tuesday, there's reports coming out regarding the ruling. One such report, from The Columbus Dispatch, states that Ohio State has been banned from postseason play in 2012.

The NCAA today stunned Ohio State University's football program by banning it from postseason play after the 2012 season, multiple sources told The Dispatch.    

Which means Ohio State cannot play in any bowl games, Big Ten conference championships or the national championship in 2012. On top of that, the NCAA Committee of Infractions will add to penalties already imposed by OSU on itself, stripping them of four football scholarships over the next three years, where Ohio State had already forfeited five of them and adding another year of probation to OSU's self-imposed two-year probation for the football program.

The probation means the team and program, now led by head coach Urban Meyer, has to follow a very strict set of rules, and if they falter even a little bit, the penalties could be exceptionally harsh. Jim Tressel also is going to be labeled a serious offender and will have trouble finding a new job without serious complications in the future.

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NCAA Ohio State Ruling: Decision Comes At 3 p.m. Tuesday

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