A History Of Ohio State's Rules Violations

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A History Of Ohio State's Rules Violations

Buckeyes head football coach Jim Tressel resigned last week following a cash-for-memorabilia scandal, but it's not the first time Ohio State has run afoul of the NCAA.

  • 1978: While not the standard sort of rules violation, a team's head coach punching an opposing player in the neck probably deserves to be lumped in with the rest of its lowlights
  • 1983: Maurice Clarett born from womb provided to him by shady athletic boosters
  • 1991: For each outstanding play they make, players receive helmet stickers that can be redeemed for $10 gift certificates at local businesses
  • 2003: Following its 2002 championship season, OSU avoids an NCAA investigation into rumored incidents of cheating and rules violations by firing their head cheating coach, two of their four assistant cheating coaches, and their Director of Rules Violations
  • 2004: Ohio State overreaches in its attempt to show compliance with academic standards when DB Ashton Youboty is named dean of the Comparative Literature Department
  • 2005: Team failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and honesty during a week-three fake field goal attempt
  • 2010: Coach Jim Tressel points in the opposite direction when investigators run up to him and ask, "Which way did the players who were accused of selling team memorabilia go?"
  • 2011: Tressel leaves school proud he beat Michigan in the severity of NCAA violations
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