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NCAA hands down sanctions against Ohio State

December 20, 2011 | 11:42 am

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The NCAA's Committee on Infractions on Tuesday handed down sanctions against Ohio State's football program, penalizing the Buckeyes with a one-year bowl ban and the loss of nine scholarships over the next three years.

Former Coach Jim Tressel, who resigned before last season, was found to have engaged in unethical conduct and was issued a five-year, show-cause order.

The NCAA found that eight players received more than $14,000 in cash payments or preferential treatment from the owner of a Columbus, Ohio, tattoo parlor. In addition to free or discounted tattoos and cash for memorabilia, one player also received a loan and a discount on a car, the committee said.

The NCAA also found that Tressel concealed the violations when he was notified of the situation.

The NCAA's action comes 18 months after USC was cited for lack of institutional control. The football program was hammered with a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over three years, largely for the actions of former tailback Reggie Bush.

USC appealed the sanctions but the penalties were upheld by the NCAA.

More later at latimes.com/sports.

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Photo: Then-Ohio State coach Jim Tressel encourages his team against Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl game. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

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