Friday, July 8, 2011

Ohio State is no longer the 2011 Sugar Bowl winner.

Remember that Ohio State victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl? The one that was the only win the Big Ten got against an SEC team in a bowl game last year? Well guess what-it didn't happen now. As a consequence of the "Tatgate"scandal, Jim Tressel, Ohio State has decided to vacate its Sugar Bowl game win over the Razorbacks, along with its 12 wins during the regular season. Plus, the school is putting itself on probation for two years.

"Responding to the NCAA’s investigation of a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job and led to star quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving school, the university also said Friday it is waiving a $250,000 fine imposed on Tressel and changing his resignation to a retirement.
Through the school, the ex-Buckeyes coach said that he is taking responsibility for the NCAA inquiry, which developed after it was learned Tressel failed to report players receiving improper benefits.

Tressel will attend Ohio State’s Aug. 12 hearing before the NCAA infractions committee, the former coach’s attorney said Friday."

What will really hurt Buckeye fans is that the vacated regular wins includes the one against Michigan, which technically means the end of Ohio State's seven-game winning streak against Michigan. Even worse, there will be snarky Arkansas fans will be trying to claim the Sugar Bowl win as a victory.


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