NCAA hits Ohio State with bowl ban, loss of scholarships and probation

NCAA hits Ohio State with bowl ban, loss of scholarships and probation
NCAA hits Ohio State with bowl ban, loss of scholarships and probation

The NCAA delivered their verdict in the Ohio State "tattoo-gate" scandal on Tuesday.

The sanctions include banning the Buckeyes from a bowl game next season, cut nine scholarships for the next three years and placing the university on probation for the next three years.  Also, the Buckeyes cannot play in the Big Ten Championship game next season.

Also, former head coach Jim Tressel was levied with a show-cause penalty for five years for failing to report the violations, meaning he probably won't coach another team until 2017.  A school can hire Tressel, but must appeal the penalty before he can coach a game.

Here is a portion of the report filed by the NCAA:

According to the facts of the case, eight football student-­]athletes 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 received by these student-­]athletes, one football student-­]athlete received a loan and discount on a car.

Ohio State will not appeal the penalties.