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Ohio State penalizes self but pays Tressel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State's 2010 Big Ten football championship, its 12-1 season, its victories over rival Michigan and in the Sugar Bowl — all gone. Coach Jim Tressel is out, and so is star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Left behind: two years of self-imposed probation. The question now is whether it will be enough to save Ohio State from more severe NCAA penalties.

In response to NCAA violations committed by players who traded autographs and memorabilia for cash and tattoos, and by a coach who covered it up, Ohio State issued its official response Friday. Athletic director Gene Smith hoped it would appease the NCAA.

The measures taken included vacating all the wins from last season. "All I know is that this is significant," Smith said. "A lot of people may not view it that way externally, but this is significant. When you think about all the other athletes who participated in those games, those records will be gone."

Tressel found out in April 2010 that his players were taking improper benefits. Despite contractual and NCAA obligations to report it, he didn't tell anyone for more than nine months.

Ohio State, which earlier said it had asked for Tressel's resignation May 30, said Friday it had now agreed to call the coach's departure a retirement. The school also said Tressel did not have to pay a $250,000 fine. Instead, he will receive the last month of his base pay ($54,000) and has agreed to cooperate at the NCAA infractions hearing Aug. 12, and he and the school agreed they wouldn't sue each other.

Last month school president E. Gordon Gee said Tressel "will pay the fine."

West Virginia gets two years' probation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The NCAA accepted West Virginia's self-imposed sanctions that include two years' probation for major rules violations under former football coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart.

The report by the NCAA said three failure-to-monitor violations occurred involving out-of-season coaching and the use of noncoaching staff.

The Mountaineers will lose a scholarship for the upcoming season and have recruiting restrictions and staff reductions. The probation, which will end in July 2013, doesn't include postseason play.

Georgia: Senior running back Caleb King, an expected starter, was declared academically ineligible for 2011.

Obituary: Neil Dougherty, who coached TCU basketball for six seasons, died Tuesday in Indianapolis. He was 50. Mr. Dougherty most recently worked for iHoops, a joint NBA-NCAA youth venture. The iHoops website said Mr. Dougherty died while he was running.

Ohio State penalizes self but pays Tressel 07/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 10:02pm]
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