URBAN MEYER'S first Ohio State team won't be bowl-bound.
The NCAA hit Ohio State with a 1-year bowl ban and other penalties yesterday for a scandal that involved eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia. Tipped to the violations, then-coach Jim Tressel failed to speak up.
The university previously had offered to vacate the 2010 season, return bowl money, go on 2 years of NCAA probation and use five fewer football scholarships over the next 3 years.
But the NCAA countered with a bowl ban in Meyer's first year as head coach in 2012, further reduced the number of scholarships and tacked on a year of probation.
"It is still my goal to hire excellent coaches, recruit great student-athletes who want to be a part of this program and to win on and off the field," Meyer said in a statement.
The stiffer penalties - including a finding of a "failure to monitor" of Ohio State's athletic programs - came because of additional problems that followed the tattoo-related violations revealed a year ago, almost to the day.
It was a sobering blow to Ohio State and athletic director Gene Smith, who through a lengthy NCAA investigation had maintained there was no way the Buckeyes would be banned from a bowl game.
"We are surprised and disappointed with the NCAA's decision," Smith said in a statement. "However, we have decided not to appeal the decision because we need to move forward as an institution.''
LSU's Les Miles has been voted the
Coach of the Year, receiving 30 of 56 votes. Top-ranked LSU (13-0) will play Alabama on Jan. 9 for the national championship.
* Iowa running back Marcus Coker has been suspended from the Dec. 30 Insight Bowl against Oklahoma after violating the university's student-athlete code of conduct. Coker's rushing total of 1,384 yards this season ranked fourth in school history.
* Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow has accepted the job as Hawaii's head coach, a source told the Associated Press.