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NCAA Ruling Won't Fix OSU's Rep

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Judgment Day for Ohio State will arrive in the weeks after Friday's meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis. All signs point to light penalties for the school, despite the fact that its leaders seldom led, and the coach of its flagship program behaved counter to the high values he espoused.

It will be a surprise if the Buckeyes receive a bowl ban because they avoided a finding by NCAA investigators of lack of institutional control over the football program in the scandal that involved players receiving discounted tattoos and cash payments for football memorabilia.

Ethical flexibility is seemingly one of the requirements of leadership around college football. OSU president E. Gordon Gee, when not joking that he feared former coach Jim...

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