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Ohio State Football: Undefeated Season Will Be a Tainted Memory

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes smiles with head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Ohio State Buckeyes won, 35-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2012

The Ohio State Buckeyes finished the 2012 college football regular season with a perfect 12-0 record, but NCAA sanctions that included a postseason ban have cost the team a chance at BCS or Big Ten glory.

When Ohio State fans look back through the annals of time, this Buckeyes undefeated season will be nothing but a tainted memory.

As seen by the treatment of disgraced former head coach Jim Tressel (h/t Paul Myerberg of the USA Today), though, the Buckeyes will ignore the truth and view this season through rose-colored glasses.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer told Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch about his team moving forward and how this season should be remembered:

After our team meeting on Tuesday, we start a new journey. And however the journey (goes), the foundation’s really, really strong. It couldn’t be stronger, because of our senior class. That’s all I can think about. I want to make sure they’re properly recognized as one of the great groups of seniors in the history of this program.

While Meyer wants to paint this as team that deserved better than they are given credit for, this is a classic case of a team being punished for their injustices and the university failing to realize the severity of the situation.

Instead of celebrating the team’s success in a very mediocre Big Ten Conference, Meyer should be using the fact that all of the team’s work was for nothing to prove that the school will not tolerate infractions any longer.

The Buckeyes celebrated on the field with the coach that brought them a national title in 2002, Saturday, but they forgot to mention that it was Tressel that stole the possibility of a 2012 national title with his lack of institutional control.

As we have learned from the Joe Paterno situation in Penn State, it’s time to stop glorifying programs that did wrong—no matter how many wins they had during the regular season.

Twelve wins mean nothing if they're shrouded with NCAA sanctions.


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