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No. 17: Ohio State

So, to recap. In December, five players are suspended for the first five games of 2011 for selling jerseys, pants, rings — just receiving improper benefits, in short. Ohio State goes on to win the Sugar Bowl with these five in place, which some people take umbrage with. In March, it is first reported that then-coach Jim Tressel knew of these N.C.A.A. violations nearly a year before but didn’t report them to the N.C.A.A. or his own university. Tressel is suspended for the first two games of 2011 — later raised to five games — and fined $250,000. In April, the N.C.A.A. releases its Notice of Allegations; Tressel doesn’t come off well. Tressel resigns on May 30, leading O.S.U. to name Luke Fickell the interim coach for the 2011 season. In June, would-be senior quarterback Terrelle Pryor decides to forego his final season of eligibility. That same month, O.S.U. vacates its 2010 results and goes on two year of self-imposed probation. Did I miss anything?

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    Random Spring Thoughts: Ohio State

    Using a combination of various computer programs and the Internet — a task nearly beyond my limited computing skills — I selected 25 F.B.S. teams at random. Teams lucky enough to have been randomly selected will be reviewed with several random thoughts as we enter the heart of spring practice. Up next: Ohio State, which needs five guys to replace five guys who stepped outside the lines.

    They’re not replacement players, even if they are replacing, in a sense, five players who would otherwise factor heavily into Ohio State’s mix. The five substitutes stepping in for the tattooed quintet suspended for the first month-plus of 2011 are just that: substitutes. Like a substitute teacher, these five aren’t starting for the long term, just for now, for five games from Sept. 3 through Oct. 1, until Terrelle Pryor and his teammates return to action. It’s worth noting that in the suspended five’s stead, the new starters hold the key to Ohio State’s hopes of returning to B.C.S. play.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.