The Ohio State Buckeyes have responded to the NCAA regarding their violations of rules regarding former quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other players.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the program is essentially going to vacate its 12-1 season from just a year ago, including a Big Ten title and Sugar Bowl title. Obviously that doesn’t change what has already happened, and the reports indicate that the University actually sought resignation for former head coach Jim Tressel.
According to the report, the Buckeyes are placing all the blame on Tressel saying he was the only one who knew the severity of what was happening.
"The responsibility is upon Tressel. No other institutional personnel were aware" of the violations, and the former coach failed in his obligation to report them, the response says. "The institution is embarrassed by the actions of Tressel."
Ohio State placed its football program on probation, and with the self-imposed penalties, sources say that the university will not face any further discipline, which is a bit of great news because they will not lose scholarships or bowl eligibility, unlike the USC Trojans did.
That is up to the NCAA, however, which will have an infractions hearing on August 12. They could choose to accept Ohio State's self-imposed punishment or add further sanctions on top.
Read the full report HERE.