The saga continues on the Big Ten all-time coaching statistics. Readers of this site know that at the urging of a pesky blogger, the Big Ten officials updated their records last season to reflect the time Michigan left the conference from 1907-1916.
As Snyder points out, I think we can assume nothing is official until the NCAA/Big Ten complete their investigations. I asked the Big Ten offices to confirm and I’m guessing they will say it be resolved when the investigation is completed.
[Update July 11] I got the expected response from the Big Ten’s Scott Chipman:
My question: Scott, is there an official ruling from the Big Ten on how the Ohio State sanctions/vacated wins affect Tressel’s conference win percentage? Or is this all pending the final NCAA/B10 rulings on the sanctions?
Chipman’s reply: Greg, As of right now, that’s all TBD.
I see a few possible outcomes that could impact these records once again:
Revised Win %
|1||NCAA reverses vacated wins; no change in 2010 record.||106||22||0.828||Pigs fly.|
|2||All 12 wins taken off the books, only the loss to Wisconsin remains||94||22||0.810||Tressel remains #2 behind Yost on the Big Ten books, slightly above Bo who’s at .796|
|3||All 12 2010 wins now reflected as losses on the books||94||34||0.734||Tressel drops to #7 on the all-time list, behind Yost, Bo, Crisler, Carr, Woody, etc.|
|4||The entire 2010 season is wiped (0-0), but Tressel is still officially coach for the 2010 season.||94||21||0.817||He remains on the list at #2, given he still qualifies with 10 seasons.|
|5||The entire 2010 season is wiped (0-0), and Tressel doesn’t get credit for coaching in the conference last season||94||21||0.817||Poof! Tressel completely wiped from the record books–he would not meet the minimum 10 year qualification.|
Of course that assumes the punishment stays somewhere within the framework for the self-imposed penalty. If not, there are many other potential outcomes:
- The Big Ten could decide to take some action that’s not consistent with the NCAA ruling (like making a ruling on only the conference games, which would tweak the above table).
- The NCAA penalty could go deeper than 2010, resulting in a bigger shift in the rankings.
- And there’s the off chance the other coaches (Carr) could be credited with additional wins shifting the rankings even further.
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