Ohio State Football Proposes Giving Up 2010 Wins

Martha CoppCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to hand the ball of to Dan Herron #1 against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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According to WBNS Channel 10, Ohio State announced that the university would propose its own penalty on the football program in an attempt to weaken upcoming NCAA sanctions.

This proposal includes Ohio State vacating wins from 2010, including the Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas. Ohio State would place itself under a two-year probation period and make adjustments to the school's compliance department. 

Head coach Jim Tressel's status would also change from resigning to retiring.

Tressel's announcement came in May, following a lengthy investigation in which he withheld information regarding the knowledge of his players' wrongdoings. After former player and current lawyer Chris Cicero e-mailed Tressel about the possibility of football players receiving discounted services in exchange for football memorabilia, Tressel failed to report the allegations. 

Days later, star quarterback Terrelle Pryor announced that he was leaving the university to pursue the NFL supplemental draft. Pryor was one of the five players being investigated.

The NCAA will meet on Aug. 12 to discuss whether Ohio State should receive additional penalties. The Buckeyes' self-proposal may be an attempt to avoid more sanctions, such as bowl game bans for the upcoming season. 

According to WBNS, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith stated how hurt he was by the situation: "It's been hard. This has hurt our fans. We've been damaged."

"We've really been hurt by the fact that everybody in the athletic department has been indicted because of the actions of a few."