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NCAA Bans Ohio State Football From 2012 Postseason Play

The NCAA on Tuesday cited Ohio State University's football program for major violations. The Division l Committee on Infractions says OSU failed to monitor the program and it says former head coach Jim Tressel engaged in unethical conduct for not reporting NCAA rule violations. The Committee imposed penalties on the school, including a postseason ban for the 2012 season. The ban prevents Ohio State from playing in either the Big Ten Championship game next year or a bowl game in January of 2013. OSU was placed on three years probation and it will be allowed only 82 football scholarships for each of the next three seasons instead of the normal 85. Ohio State will also forfeit $340,000 and vacate all its wins for the 2010 regular season, including the Big Ten Conference Championship. The punishment of OSU's football program stems from a scandal in which eight football players exchanged memorabilia for cash and tattoos. One student received a loan and discount for a car. Also, included in today's sanctions is a "show-cause" order against former head coach Jim Tressel. The NCAA's action makes it more difficult for Tressel to return to college coaching during a five year period. In a printed statement, Ohio State Athletic Director, Gene Smith expressed surprise and disappointment at the NCAA's actions. But, Smith says OSU will not appeal the decision. The NCAA sanctions come in the midst of a recruiting period for new head coach Urban Meyer. Meyer was hired last month as Ohio State prepared for its rivalry game with Michigan. Now, he'll have fewer scholarships to offer to student-athletes for the next three years.