Ohio State must erase regular season records

Updated: March 16, 2006, 6:09 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio State must erase references from university produced material to all regular-season games the Buckeyes played while using an ineligible player, in addition to removing any NCAA Tournament trips they made during that time.

Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp said Thursday the university asked the NCAA whether it had to wipe out references to all games played and not just those played in the postseason.

"They said it is for all the regular-season games and postseason games," Snapp said at the University of Dayton Arena, where the Buckeyes meet Davidson on Friday in a first-round NCAA Tournament game.

The NCAA gave Ohio State three years' probation March 10 and ordered it to pay back all tournament money earned from 1999-2002 when Boban Savovic was on the Buckeyes' roster. In addition, Ohio State must remove all references to team accomplishments from those years.

A two-year NCAA investigation found that Savovic received improper benefits and committed academic fraud while he played for Ohio State.

Originally, the university thought last week's ruling only dealt with NCAA Tournament games.

Snapp said Ohio State has pulled down the banners at Value City Arena related to NCAA trips, Final Fours and Big Ten championships.

He said he was uncertain when any tournament revenue would be paid back to the NCAA. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said last week that he estimated the school would have to return around $800,000 accrued from the postseason.

Snapp said the university will be in touch with the NCAA regarding how to list the games from those four seasons in future Ohio State media guides. The NCAA says the games must be "vacated" -- indicating they are not forfeited but rather listed as if they were not even played.

Ohio State's current NCAA Tournament media guide already has been updated and ignores the Buckeyes' trip to the Final Four in 1999 and losses in the second round in 2000, first round in 2001 and second round of the 2002 tournament.

"Ohio State is making its 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 1992," the media guide says.

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