The NCAA will ban Ohio State from postseason play for the 2012 season, and former head coach Jim Tressel will be charged with a show cause according to a report by The Columbus Dispatch.
Ohio State will essentially suffer the same fate USC did in the Pac 12 during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, meaning they are unable to be crowned or compete for a conference championship and they will be unable to make a trip to a bowl game during the 2012 season.
In addition to the postseason ban, Ohio State will also be stripped of four football scholarships over the next three years in addition to the already self-imposed five-scholarship loss.
Ohio State will also have one more year of probation tacked on by the NCAA to their self-imposed two-year probation period.
Tressel’s penalty labels the former BCS championship coach as a serious offender of NCAA violations, including a failure to report alleged violations.
In the event, any NCAA football program hires Tressel that institution could be subject to sanctions by the NCAA just by hiring him. In general terms, it would seem that Tressel’s college coaching days have likely come to an end.
Ohio State was investigated by the NCAA for violations of players accepting extra benefits that led to the suspension of five football players and resulted in quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving the program and pursuing a career in the NFL.
Tressel resigned from his position in the spring after initially offering to serve the same suspension timeline as his players.
Crystal Ball Run: NCAA to Ohio State, No Postseason One Year!
Ohio State will play Florida on January 2, 2012, Gator Bowl to finish up the current season, and the decision to accept a bowl invitation may have led to the NCAA levying the decision of a bowl ban.
If the Buckeyes had decided not to attend a bowl game this season there is no guarantee that the NCAA would have issued a bowl ban for the 2012 season, but it may have helped Ohio State’s own cause if they had held out of a bowl game this season.
Miami is awaiting a decision from the NCAA for their own violations that were uncovered earlier this year. Despite being eligible for postseason play, Miami made a decision to not accept a bowl invitation this season in light of the NCAA violations.
It remains to be seen just what kind of punishment will be handed down by the NCAA, and if the self-imposed bowl ban this season will have any impact on the decision.
The NCAA is also investigating Penn State in light of a sexual abuse scandal that has ties to the administration and athletics department. Penn State recently asked for an extension on a deadline to provide the requested information to the NCAA. Penn State will face Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on January 2, 2012.