The popular sentiment among Ohio State fans today is that their one year bowl ban is an unfair punishment on its seniors. In the long run, is a minor slap on the wrist because the Buckeyes will come back in 2013 without having really missed anything. So they have one year where they cannot go to the postseason. BFD. They’re still likely going to be one of the better teams in the conference in 2012 anyway because they always have talent and now they have an excellent coach in place to mold that talent. They lose nine scholarships for three years, but when half your team is already four and five star talent that only matters to them losing a 3-star reserve that won’t even play for three years, anyway.
I feel exactly zero sympathy when something like this happens. I don’t feel bad when it happened to USC. I don’t feel bad for SMU in the 80’s. I don’t feel bad for OSU now. I wouldn’t feel bad for Purdue if we were guilty of the same thing. You know why? My answer is derserving of all caps hyperbole, and even a bold, italicized underline: IT IS THEIR OWN DAMN FAULT!!!!!!
Everyone laments on the current players suffering by missing a bowl and in three years, if Urban Meyer has the Buckeyes in Pasadena, everyone will be waxing poetic about the wonderful turnaround he has done in Columbus just as commentators currently mention what Tom Crean is doing in Bloomington. All mentions of the reason for the downturn and punishment will be forgotten. No one seems to remember it was Indiana’s fault they hired a known cheater, failed to monitor his activities, and had their program blown up because of it. No one seems to remember that USC was blatantly cheating in their case with Reggie Bush. Were these schools forced to do so? Of course not! No one put a gun to their heads and made them commit these serious violations.
That’s why I can’t pity Ohio State one iota. It’s their own damn fault. They even had a chance this year to sit out the bowl season. I thought they would because it makes more sense to sit out the bowl season after a very mediocre 6-6 year to stave off any potential punishment than to have next year, when they will likely be a better team, rendered meaningless before it begins. Why do you think Miami declined a bowl bid at 6-6? They were in a similar position as Ohio State with a team that struggled in a lot of close games, but could make a big step forward next year. They took the punishment this year to save next year. Even then, it may not matter since their situation is worse.