JT, Woody Now Have Something Else In Common

Jim Tressel isn't the first Ohio State football coach ever to face sanctions. Some 55 years ago, the Big Ten levied a one-year probation on Woody Hayes and his football program.

Jim Tressel certainly isn't the first football coach in NCAA history to feel the wrath of sanctions.

He's not even the first one at Ohio State.

It would probably surprise many in the Buckeye Nation to know that Woody Hayes and his program were hit with a one-year probation by the Big Ten back in 1956. The reason? Several members of the football team were being paid for jobs despite the fact they were not showing up to work while others were receiving money directly from the coach himself.

That's right. Woody Hayes was paying his own players.

Of course, things were a little different 55 years ago. The NCAA had been around in one form or another since 1906, but the governing body for collegiate athletics hadn't moved into its so-called modern era until 1952. Even then, the NCAA was not the myopic behemoth it is today as individual conferences held much more sway over their member institutions. In fact, until July 1952 when the NCAA moved its headquarters to Kansas City, it shared office space in a Chicago hotel with the Big Ten.

In April 1956, Big Ten commissioner Kenneth L. "Tug" Wilson announced Ohio State and Hayes would be placed on probation for one year and made the Buckeyes ineligible to represent the conference in the 1957 Rose Bowl.

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