Ohio State Football: Will NCAA Punishment for Buckeyes Be Worse Then USCs?
Ohio State Football May Be Facing Extended Period Without Postseason Play
Ohio St. Football hit a nice peak in December of 2010. They may have not made the championship game, but they secured a birth in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas with only a single loss on the season.
The team was superb and were likely to be one of the top five teams again next year as long as QB Terrelle Pryor would stay for his senior season. Before the BCS Bowl game, it was made public that Pryor and the "Tattoo Five" exchange memorabilia and autographs for ink.
It wasn't a major violation and the players all agreed to five game suspensions beginning next season. After the Sugar Bowl win, it seemed like everything was going to be ok.
But in the past five months everything has snowballed and now the Buckeyes are facing harsh punishment in August when the NCAA committee officially releases the punishment.
USC received a two-year postseason ban and lost 30 scholarships over a three-year period. They were just rejected an appeal last week and are stuck with the penalty. Now they will be looking on in great interest at a team that has seemingly committed far more crimes than just having a players parents get paid benefits.
Ohio St. has been committing violations for years involving over 20 players. Add it up and the Buckeyes may not be able to make a bowl game for quite some time. It's really tough news for fans in Columbus—but that's what they are left with in the aftermath of this horrific scandal.
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