Ohio State Football Scandal: What Should Become of Ohio State Football?

James EvensCorrespondent IJune 9, 2011

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes is seen during the 96th Rose Bowl game against the Oregon Ducks on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Ohio State football is in a world of hurt after the serious wrongdoing by head coach Jim Tressel and the alleged taking of cars by Terrelle Pryor, but what should become of the program?

They have not yet heard what is in store for the program, and the NCAA has some big decisions to make.

Huge Big Ten fans realize that these allegations are going to severely scar the Big Ten until it has time to recover, as the Buckeyes have been the most dominant team in the conference for the past decade.

These Big Ten followers also realize that harsh penalties on the Buckeyes would not be good news for the conference, but there is a dilemma.

Over the past few seasons, with all of the allegations of money-taking and pay-to-play scandals, college sports fans have realized that the system is corrupt and broken.

The NCAA is not doing their job in enforcing these types of transactions and an example needs to be made.

The fanbase of Ohio State is one of the most loyal, obnoxious and proud fanbases in the nation, and it is a shame that such an innocent supporting group is going to be brought down by a few people's mistakes, but that is life.

If the NCAA is smart, they will go after Ohio State with tough penalties.

It remains to be seen if the SMU "death" penalty will be given to the program or is even being considered, but for the sake of the sport, it definitely needs to be thrown into consideration for this one.

In the end, though, nothing even relatively close to the correct penalty will be given to the Buckeyes due to the thing that got the Ohio State program in this bind in the first place: money.

The NCAA has too much money to be made off Ohio State to give them harsh penalties.

They will use the same old line of, "Well, the coach is gone, so the problem is solved."


This just encourages more wrongdoing in a sport that is losing the faith of millions each time one of these stories of payment comes to light.

It's doubtful that the NCAA comes down on the Buckeyes sternly, but if it wants to preserve the sport and create a standard against cheaters, they will be harsh on the program no matter what kind of damage it causes to the fanbase, the conference or their bank account. 

James Evens serves as a National Featured Columnist for college football and basketball, as well as the FC for the Purdue Boilermakers.  Follow him on Twitter or like him on Facebook.