Buckeyes learn from USC 

December, 20, 2011
You will excuse USC fans for their reaction today to the news of Ohio State's NCAA penalties.

The Buckeyes were found to have violated rules with multiple players -- including a coach who knowingly played ineligible players for a whole season -- but the penalties handed down did not come close to matching the punishment USC received last year.

The penalties given to the Buckeyes were pretty much in line with the standard ratio that we’ve seen from the NCAA in recent years. A bowl ban, the loss of nine total scholarships over three years (including self-imposed reductions) and a show-cause penalty against former head coach Jim Tressel is a fairly stiff blow, but it’s one a program like Ohio State should be able to withstand.