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Unbeaten Buckeyes continue to pay for OSU’s 2011 arrogance

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In July of 2011 and in response to an NCAA Notice of Allegations centered on “Tat-gate” and a Vest’s lies, Ohio State self-imposed sanctions on its football program that did not include a postseason ban for the 2011 season or stripping of scholarships.  At the time, we wrote the following:

Based on the message sent by the NCAA to USC around this time last year, it’s hard to fathom that the OSU football program will be permitted to skate without one or both of those sanctions being slapped on the program by the time all of the NCAA dust clears.

Not unexpectedly, that short-sighted, asinine and arrogant decision came back to bite the OSU football program square on the university’s self-serving ass when, in the wake of a 6-6 regular season that netted nothing more than a Gator Bowl appearance, the NCAA slapped the Buckeyes with harsher sanctions than were originally self-imposed, including a 2012 postseason ban.  Nearly a year later, and armed with the hindsight that was fully available as foresight two summers ago, a first-year head coach and a handful of seniors continue to pay for the administration’s utter arrogance.

On the strength of a 52-22 romp over Illinois Saturday afternoon, the No. 6 Buckeyes became the first FBS team to reach the 10-win mark in 2012.  Urban Meyer reached double digits in wins for the sixth time in the past nine seasons covering three different coaching stops.

In a normal season, OSU would be celebrating being undefeated this deep into a year.  In a normal season, OSU would be licking its collective chops over needing just a win over Wisconsin next weekend to clinch one of the two spots in the Big Ten Championship game.  In a normal season, OSU would be celebrating Notre Dame stubbing its toe and calculating how that would impact a push upward in the next set of BcS rankings.

Thanks to the aforementioned arrogance, this is not a normal season.  Instead, and aside from the wins, development and shot at a trophy for winning their division, it’s a hollow one.

That’s it, given what could’ve been.  No Big Ten title or BcS bowl or even a long-shot at BcS crystal.

Take a bow, Gene Smith.  Buy another bow tie and celebrate, E. Gordon Gee.  The best the B1G has to offer in 2012 will be on the sidelines thanks to the collective egos involved in last summer’s inexplicable decision.

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  1. manik56 says: Nov 3, 2012 7:33 PM

    Arrogance? Gene Smith hired consultant and attorneys to determine the best course for the Football Program based on past NCAA precedent. They made a decision based on what they were told by those people. What more are they supposed to do? Ignore the people they hired? No one could predict what the NCAA was going to do. Perhaps with the new punishment system imposed by NCAA will help with this fortune telling. As an Ohio State alumnus I am not disappointed in the performance of Gene Smith in any way. A perfect season is a perfect season.

  2. pfitz2 says: Nov 3, 2012 7:36 PM

    BS John. There was no precedent for tOSU getting a bowl having not been charged with LOIC. The NCAA has never given a bowl ban for FTM. Gene Smith did exactly what he should have done based on prior NCAA decisions. For all you (or Smith) know, the NCAA could have given this years bowl ban even if tOSU self penalized last year. Why take the chance on back to back bowl bans? It wasn’t arrogance at all.

  3. buckeye94 says: Nov 3, 2012 7:54 PM

    Game ended 52-22. We are on a bye next week. I still wanted ND to loose because tOSU can still share the national championship

  4. pfitz2 says: Nov 3, 2012 8:07 PM

    Why don’t all these thumb runners post something?

  5. wabbitslayer says: Nov 3, 2012 8:08 PM

    share the national championship?!?
    oh, wait….you’re serious?

  6. 10of14 says: Nov 3, 2012 8:11 PM

    ND stub there toe? They’re unbeaten??!!!

  7. pdmjr says: Nov 3, 2012 8:15 PM

    The arrogance goes way beyond the admin. It includes the players, fans writers and broadcasters.

    They all stink

  8. sbuel2 says: Nov 3, 2012 8:23 PM

    This was a program that ran amok and the coaches and administration exhibitted no controls and yet some of the suspended players continued to misbehave with no regard for the future of the program.

    NCAA should have come down harder a long time ago and penalize the teams a lot closer to the violations.

    It is a shame that often the coaches are gone who were in charge, and the players are almost always gone so the penalty hits new players and coaches and the fans but the rules were broken so unfortunately you pay for the wrongs your program commits.

    sorry when you are on probation, no national titles for you

  9. polegojim says: Nov 3, 2012 8:28 PM

    It was Illinois folks – national title???

    Please… Bucknut delusion.

  10. 10kmp says: Nov 3, 2012 8:46 PM

    The arrogant one is you Taylor. Ohio State was going to be banned from post season play this year regardless of whether or not they self imposed in 2011. The NCAA was bound and determined to make an example of OSU, and nothing Gene Smith did or didn’t do was going to change that. That coach Tressel being fired, Terrell Pryor being dismissed and losing his entire senior season, DeVier Posey serving a 10 game suspension in his senior season, and Mike Adams and Boom Herron serving 4 and 5 game suspensions respectively in their senior seasons wasn’t punishment enough leads me to believe that a self imposed bowl ban last year simply didn’t matter. The game worn gear for tattoos was a small issue in and of itself, but when Tressel decided to cover it up this thing exploded. Well, the guy who lied to the NCAA and engineered the cover-up lost his 4 million dollar a year all time dream job, resigned in shame, and gets to live the rest of his life knowing that his phenomenal decade long run is forever tarnished due to his own stupid decision. Everyone who had a hand in “tat gate” was severely punished, Tressel most of all. Anyone looking at this fairly and objectively would consider this to be punishment enough…anyone but the NCAA, Buckeye haters everywhere, and John Taylor.

  11. polegojim says: Nov 3, 2012 8:55 PM

    10KMP – your ignorance must be quite BLISSFUL…

    As much as I try to forget it… John Taylor is from…. wait for it… Ohio State.

    He’s not a hater… but a realist. He can’t stomach hypocrisy and treasures integrity.

    Ok… now 10KMP… you can start over and…
    re-rant with a different slant.

  12. dietrich43 says: Nov 3, 2012 9:11 PM

    Reports are tOSU was going to get a one year ban from the NCAA whether they self imposed one last year or not. At least they got the revenue from last year’s bowl into the Big 10 pot.

  13. effjohntaylornorelation says: Nov 3, 2012 9:12 PM

    Dear John,

    It seems as though you’re enjoying this. Does your scribing or opinion somehow make your brand of arrogance better? I think not.

    My user name continues to hold strong.

  14. megatronspartan says: Nov 3, 2012 9:18 PM

    Well Good thing they cant play for a title because they would get rolled by the tide just like they do every time they go play a SEC/ACC team

  15. staph1nfection says: Nov 3, 2012 9:21 PM

    Does anyone think OSU could play a competitive game against Alabama or Oregon? I think both of those match-ups would be quite ugly.

  16. megatronspartan says: Nov 3, 2012 9:27 PM

    umm no… no team speed compared to SEC/ACC thats story every year when a team from the north goes to south

  17. staph1nfection says: Nov 3, 2012 9:31 PM

    Totally agree. I’m just wondering if there are actually people out there who think they could win either of those games. I have no ill will toward OSU, but I simply don’t see any possible way for them to win those match-ups.

  18. buckeye94 says: Nov 3, 2012 10:12 PM

    Have you dumba** not payed attention. If Ohio state is ranked number 1 in the AP polls we can split the national title…of course I’m serious you would be too if it were your team

  19. thraiderskin says: Nov 3, 2012 10:16 PM

    Ohio State would not beat Alabama. With that said, what is the point of this story, other than to take some sort of dig at Ohio State. To that John Taylor, I am not surprised.

  20. jrs45 says: Nov 3, 2012 10:45 PM

    Proud OSU Alum here and I have pride but let’s be honest around here. The Ohio State University could not beat an OU KSU or Alabama. The Def has been brutal this year except for the last two gms. Coach Meyer has implemented a new system which the players are still working to get better at. Remember this is the same team who struggled against Cal MSU Indy and Purdue.

    For the person who mentioned the ACC please. I think OSU could go toe-to-toe with Miami Nc Nc State BC Va Tech and Clemson. I wouldn’t even mention a duke in the convo. The only team would be FSU.

    J.Taylor knows that it’s the B1G and then The Ohio State University. Which means many BCS games in the future with Meyer here.

  21. buckeye044 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:25 AM

    We screwed up and are paying the price.
    10-0 is great but the schedule isn’t. Of the other undefeated teams, ND might be the only one we could hang with as they are scoring challenged at times.

  22. bthart22 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:44 AM

    In the middle of last season, had you told Buckeye fans that this season we would be 10-0, have Urban Meyer as head coach, have a brighter future than we could imagine, but be suspended from bowl participation, Buckeye Nation would have gladly signed on. Arrogance? Highly doubtful. Taylor’s a short-sighted moron.

  23. ryanw822 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:49 AM

    “Reports are tOSU was going to get a one year ban from the NCAA whether they self imposed one last year or not. At least they got the revenue from last year’s bowl into the Big 10 pot.”

    haha, read that again and please tell me you dont believe that crap. So I’m to believe that if OSU wouldve sat out last year’s Gator Bowl they still would have been banned in 2012? If that was the case then the NCAA would have banned them for 2 seasons for playing in a bowl last year.

    CFT is 100% correct on this. OSU was too arrogant and they are now paying the price.

  24. hovenaut says: Nov 4, 2012 1:48 AM

    Would rather be 12-0 and can’t go than finish undefeated and get left out.

    Because that’s how the fans of Oregon and Notre Dame might be looking at in another six weeks should things play out for the four teams in the BCS sweepstakes.

    But hey, at least its not another write-up of how bad the B1G is, right?

    But agree Smith and Gee crafted that mess like wizards.

    See you in 2013….

  25. stercuilus65 says: Nov 4, 2012 1:59 AM

    This hysterical rant isn’t even “bleacher report” worthy. Hey Johnny look up “run on sentence”. Your high school journalism chops leave much to be desired.

  26. onbucky96 says: Nov 4, 2012 4:09 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a classier school. Urb, stay away from other schools recruits. Just stay w/the thugs you recruited@FLA. Let the rest of the Hype11 schools know when its Tatoo for Swag day in Columbus, ok? I’m sure our “student atheletes” need some discounted ink, can you help? Enjoy the post season @home Buckeyes while the rest of us are still playing for something even though our teams suck compared to you. Oh well, ON WISCONSIN!

  27. jackhammer279 says: Nov 4, 2012 6:03 AM

    Is it just me or does anyone else think the NCAA has too much power? The so called “horrific crimes” commited by OSU amounted to some Players trading THEIR stuff for tatoos. Some will say it was that Tressel covered up the incidents. But really people, I think 99% of Coaches would do the same. And, I still haven’t seen it disproved that invetigators ask Tressel to wait.

    What ever happened was blown way out of proportion mainly because there are, for some reason, so many OSU haters out there. Check the facts and you will se that EVERY big name school has been through crap like this. The difference is what OSU did or didn’t do DID NOT create a competitive edge.

    I think the ncaa should get back to illegal recruting etc and forget about kids trading shirts for tatoos.

    As for the Team, no, they probably aren’t as good as their record but it’s still a good year for them.

  28. totallysirius says: Nov 4, 2012 7:43 AM

    Tat-gate, oh, the horrors.

    Some guys traded their own personal property for tattoos, those criminals.

    What nobody ever mentions is that those guys had to pay for the tats with cash and didn’t get their stuff back.

    How is that fair?

    The Buckeyes may not be the greatest team ever but punishing players who had nothing to do with breaking any rules is just vindictive.

    Remember though, nobody better challenge the all powerful NCAA.

  29. effjohntaylornorelation says: Nov 4, 2012 7:44 AM


  30. polegojim says: Nov 4, 2012 9:14 AM

    @ JRs45… until you lose that ‘1’ at the end of the season tho, right? ; )

    I’d like to see Borges leave Gardner at QB and work DRob in as RB/Receiver/Punts… Gardner is an actual QB… Shoelace is not.

    Anyways…. GO BLUE!!!

  31. jimbo75025 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:53 AM

    Arrogance and Ohio State-wow never thought I would see those two things in the same sentence (sarcasm intended)

  32. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Nov 4, 2012 10:09 AM

    A few things:

    The bowl ban this year was in large part due to the situation with Bobby Digermino and the charity event (hope u r enjoying your time in the NFL Mr. Pryor).

    Saw a tweet the other day from an analyst who spoke with an NCAA official who indicated tOSU was getting a ban this year regardless. I am not a big fan of how Gene handled this situation, but this was not arrogance.

    John Taylor, you are well on your way to being the electronic version of Herbstreit. Non Buckeye fans are not going to like u just because u r ‘honest’ about Ohio State and us fans will not be welcoming when u finally figure this out. This is not the path to journalistic integrity, my friend.

  33. millsieg says: Nov 4, 2012 1:36 PM

    perhaps what is needed to quell contempt of OS, is a L. then that endorses/validates a negative approach to the school. before vilifying presidents and coaches of major money-funneling sporting institutions, consider the fact somewhere at some point the money trail will lead to the Brass. it’s a human trait to break rules, or to be held accountable in it’s midst of wrong-doing. ‘Winning’ just makes it that much more glam and self-righteous to bandy about. there’s a rule of the universe: when humans and money come together, then evil makes an entrance. fairness no longer a gentleman’s agreement. in this country: winning means wealth. ‘losing’ means you struggle to get yours. all major programs are tossing around deals, hand-hakes, and back slaps (in some form) like it’s Christmas. key is to avoid the detection.

  34. dkhhuey says: Nov 5, 2012 8:12 AM

    In my opinion, the NCAA was not going to roll with whatever OSU self imposed – they were going to add a bowl ban regardless of what OSU did for the Gator Bowl. Personally, I could have done without the Gator Bowl game last year just because it was a horrid season and that just elongated it! But there was no way in the world the NCAA was not going to slam OSU with a bowl ban this year.

    As for this year’s team, they are undefeated and they’ve earned it! I am very proud of what this team has accomplished given all that is new and changed greatly. Having said that, there are several areas that need quite a bit of work and they are not ready to take on the Bamas of the world this year! Next year, we’ll talk. This year, I am one happy Buckeye!

  35. MasMacho says: Nov 6, 2012 4:28 PM

    This article is really, really awful. Seriously, what kind of buffoon would think this insightful or smart? What does it prove… that the writer has a negative opinion of tOSU? Who cares?

    Is this gloating? taunting? sorrow?

    Let me get this straight… a JOURNALIST, writing for a (apparently very poor) sports blog is calling university officials accountable to NCAA rules “asinine” for pouring over legal opinions and making a decision regarding the people to whom they are accountable.

    There’s a reason why folks like you write for web sites, and higher education administrators are paid to do what they do — mostly based on qualification and understanding of the situation.

    While I am no fan of Gee or Smith, I am certainly more inclined to take them at their word that they did diligence than to read this nonsense and change my mind.

    Seriously, raise the bar. This is garbage.

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