Ohio State Football: NCAA's Decision Will Add to Misery of 2011 Season
If you were to pick one word to describe the current state of the Ohio State football program, it would have to be "bad." At the very least, the two-word version would be "not good."
But the worst part is that it's only going to get worse.
Last week, Ohio State finally went before the NCAA for a hearing resulting from the memorabilia scheme that has rocked the football program in the last couple months. Four hours later, the proceedings were concluded, and the word from the Associated Press is that the NCAA promised to get back to Ohio State in no more than 12 weeks.
In so many words: "It's going to take us three months to determine just how badly you guys screwed up."
That's not a good message to receive, under any circumstances. Factor in the fact that the punishments Ohio State has already brought on itself -- vacating the 2010 season, a two-year NCAA probation, the university's share from winning the Big Ten title, not to mention the loss of head coach Jim Tressel and star quarterback Terrelle Pryor -- don't seem to be enough, and it's apparent that the NCAA has some serious punishing to do.
When all is said and done, Buckeyes football could very well be hit with a bowl ban, recruiting limitations, and other such horrible punishments.
Once again, the decision might not be made until November. If it does, things are going to get (you guess it) even worse.
Because we're looking at a Buckeyes team that lost at least a couple wins when Tressel and Pryor waved goodbye, it wouldn't be at all surprising if the Buckeyes are at .500 or worse by the time November rolls around. They do, after all, have tough games on the road against Miami and Nebraska, and they also have to host Michigan State and Wisconsin, who they shared the Big Ten title with in 2010.
The absolute worst case scenario involves the Buckeyes losing all four of the aforementioned contests. If they do that, they will have already clinched their worst season since 2004. Sometime around then is when the NCAA will come running with a ruling that will ensure similar struggles in the seasons to come.
So if you're a Buckeyes fan, buckle up. It's going to be bad.
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