Remember all those games the Buckeyes won and were tossed out? Lawmakers want to fix it – The Columbus Dispatch

State lawmakers are urging the NCAA to reinstate Ohio State University’s football team’s 2010 record and wins that were vacated because of “Tattoogate.”
The resolution is sponsored by state Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Ashville, who is a two-time OSU graduate.
Even though it was 12 years ago, it seems just like yesterday OSU fans were riding high after a 12-1 season, winning the Big Ten championship and the Sugar Bowl. 
Players Mike Adams, Daniel “Boom” Herron, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas were suspended for five games in the 2011 season after they sold personal memorabilia in exchange for tattoos. OSU vacated its wins and record for the 2010 season and was placed on a two-year probation. Coach Jim Tressel resigned. 
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Stewart said the NCAA’s scrubbing of the official record of the 2010 season unfairly hurts the players, fans and coaches who had nothing to do with what happened.  He also mentions the recent NCAA rule change allowing college athletes to earn money off their name, image and likeness. Players are now making hundreds of thousands of dollars, some even making millions. This resolution is a way to officially remember that season. 
OSU’s vacated record and wins came back into the spotlight when the NCAA changed its guidelines last year and allowed players to profit from their name, image and/or likeness.
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It prompted the five “Tattoogate” players to seek reinstatement of vacated wins and record and voice their support of players cashing in on their name, image, likeness. NCAA said in a July 2021 statement it will not reevaluate old violations just because the rules changed. 
However, according to OSU’s current name, image and likeness guidelines, athletes cannot sell team-issued equipment and apparel until NCAA eligibility is exhausted. This includes items such as shoes, jerseys and helmets. It also states athletes can sell institutional awards such as rings and apparel once athletic eligibility is expired as long as it does not become a regular business practice.
This means that if “Tattoogate” happened under the new guidelines, it still would violate NCAA rules. 
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“This resolution does not say anything about the sanctions,” Stewart said. “This resolution says enough is enough. The NCAA’s view of what is permissible for players has changed drastically in the last twelve years.”
Stewart said there have been other programs such as Penn State, which had records and wins vacated due to the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse cases. He said all of Joe Paterno’s vacated wins and records have been reinstated
“When the fan base sees Penn State get all of its wins restored and ours are still vacated over tattoos, I think people recoil at that and say there is something just inherently unfair in the way these programs are being treated,” Stewart said.
Stewart said some people are critical of issues such as this because they believe lawmakers should focus on more important issues. He said there are more than 600 bills pending in the House and he has passed seven within the last year. 
“We can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Stewart said. “We can spend a little time to express our opinion on an issue that effects one of the biggest cultural institutions in the state of Ohio.”
The resolution had its second hearing Tuesday. Resolutions are largely symbolic.
Mary Jane Sanese is a fellow in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau program.

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