If you haven't heard already, Ohio State has announced that it will "vacate" all of its wins from the 2010 season, including its 31-26 victory (oh, this still hurts to type) over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. This is a clear attempt to try to win some favor from the NCAA before they announce their own set of punishments. On the scale of self-punishments, I have to say "vacating" is more of a mild slap to your own face than a solid punch of any kind. I still expect a solid punch to come from the NCAA in the form of serious scholarship reductions and a bowl ban of one or two years. But that is still to be seen.
I've included a poll here to see what our readers now think of the Sugar Bowl and how OSU managed to play the Tat-Five with what we know now about the Tressel cover-up. When it was first announced back in December, I was of this train of thought: "I want their best players out there. Win or lose, no excuses." And I felt the same way immediately after the loss. But with what we know now? I have to say I am more sympathetic to the argument that the players should have been held out, what with their coach in on it too, and that Arkansas's likely win over a weaker OSU would still be a win and the circumstances would largely be forgotten in the grand scheme of things. What do you think? And feel free to elaborate if you wish in the comment section.