Ohio State responded to the NCAA on Friday and self-imposed some punishments in hopes that the governing body will not feel the need to do much more. Chief among the decisions by OSU was vacating the 2010 football season, including the Sugar Bowl victory against Arkansas. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, FoxSportsOhio.com, Toledo Blade and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) have stories on OSU's response.
Despite those opinions, the Dispatch spoke to some experts who said there might not be much more coming in terms of sanctions. The Dispatch also has a Bob Hunter column on how the 2011 Buckeyes will determine the program's future, not what the NCAA decides.
The Plain Dealer has a pair of columns. Bill Livingston writes that OSU is treating Jim Tressel as a rogue, and Terry Pluto adds to those saying Ohio State did not do enough. Beat writer Doug Lesmerises says more punishment is coming in a Q & A.
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated calls OSU's self-imposed punishment "light, but ... reasonable."
The AP (via the Dayton Daily News) reports that Jim Tressel will in fact appear before the NCAA when Ohio State goes before the NCAA infractions committee in August.
Finally, Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com has a story on the reports that Mike Vrabel will retire from the NFL and join Luke Fickell's coaching staff.
Friday, July 8
The Columbus Dispatch has a feature story on how Ohio State is altering its oversight of the athletics program and a story on how complex the job of compliance is. The Dispatch also has a story stemming from an interview with Gene Smith, during which he admitted asking Jim Tressel to resign.
Ohio State will respond to the NCAA regarding the university's alleged violations today, and The Associated Press (via the Plain Dealer) has the details.
The AP (via the Mansfield News Journal) has a story on the OSU football team turning its attention to the field.
The Plain Dealer has a Starting Blocks video with Elton Alexander on OSU basketball standout Jared Sullinger.
Ken Paxson of the Dayton Daily News suggests in a blog that Troy Smith would be a good fit for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Thursday, July 7
Several members of the Ohio State football team met with the media on Wednesday, and the Columbus Dispatch and The Associated Press (via the Lorain Morning Journal) have stories on the Buckeyes trying to focus on football despite looming NCAA sanctions.
Ohio State men's basketball standout Jared Sullinger met with the media at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron on Wednesday, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, FoxSportsOhio.com and the Lorain Morning Journal have stories on what the sophomore had to say.
The Dispatch has a story on Bill Davis Stadium's latest upgrade. The home of the Ohio State baseball team will soon have artificial turf.
Finally, Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com lists 10 college football giant killers heading into the 2011 season.
Wednesday, July 6
On a slow news day, USA Today has a story on Ohio State's plan to respond to NCAA allegations by Friday. USA Today also has a story on possible fundamental changes coming to how the NCAA operates stemming from scandals surrounding several schools.
Sports Illustrated writer Andy Staple posts his "Cheating for Dummies" guide to smarter NCAA rule-breaking.
Finally, UWeekly.com has a story on the hiring of Chris Jent as OSU's newest men's basketball assistant coach.
Tuesday, July 5
The Columbus Dispatch has a story from this past weekend on the Ohio State football team trying to turn negatives into positives.
Also from this weekend, Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has an analysis piece predicting an exciting season for the Buckeyes.
The Plain Dealer also has an update on the legal issues surrounding tattoo parlor owner Edward Rife.
Sporting News has a list of freshman football players to watch this fall, including Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.
Finally, the Dispatch has a golf roundup, led with a note on a good weekend for a few former Buckeyes.