Bye bye Bucky: Ohio State slapped with 1-year bowl ban
This is a blow to new coach Urban Meyer, who is trying to build momentum for a program that had fallen into controversy following a tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal and the dismissal of Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes went 6-6 this season, the first and only season with Luke Fickell coaching the team, and will play Florida, Meyer's old team in the Gator Bowl.
Ohio State administrators had previously said that they did not expect to face a bowl ban, and it is unclear how that thought process impacted the hiring of Meyer.
The Buckeyes will also reportedly face four more scholarship losses over the next three seasons, in addition to the self-imposed five scholarship losses, and an additional (third) year of probation, going through the 2013 season.
Tressel will also reportedly be given the scarlet letter for college coaches--the "show cause" penalty. His show-cause penalty will be for five. That means any team that wants to hire Tressel would have to show cause as to why, and could possibly face sanctions for hiring him.
While this punishment seems harsh, it is little compared to what USC faced following the Reggie Bush scandal. While the two situations are different, USC fans likely see the Ohio State punishment as a slap on the wrist.
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