Ohio State banned from postseason in 2012
Columbus, OH – Ohio State received a one-year postseason ban among the sanctions handed down Tuesday by the NCAA for a memorabilia scandal that cost Jim Tressel his job as head football coach.
The postseason ban means the Buckeyes won't be eligible to play in a bowl game during new head coach Urban Meyer's first year.
The NCAA's sanctions, which also included a loss of nine scholarships and a three-year probation, went beyond those that were self-imposed by Ohio State.
The university was "surprised and disappointed with the NCAA's decision" according to a statement by athletic director Gene Smith. But he said the university will not appeal the sanctions out of a desire 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," said Smith.
Ohio State had self-imposed penalties including a loss of five scholarships. The NCAA imposed a nine-scholarship penalty -- three each during the next three years.
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