Ohio State had quite the turbulent offseason following its 31-26 Sugar Bowl triumph over Arkansas. Months after it was uncovered that five Ohio State players traded memorabilia, including championship rings, for tattoos at a local parlor, a Sports Illustrated report revealed that the scandal dated as far back as 2002, and that head coach Jim Tressel had omitted numerous violations to keep many of his players eligible. The investigation triggered a series of events. Tressel resigned as the Buckeyes' frontman. Pryor forewent his senior year in Columbus. The program vacated all of its 2010 wins and imposed two years of self-sanctions, leaving new coach Luke Fickell and the 2011 Ohio State squad reeling.