Ohio State Fans Desperate, Ask President Obama to Pardon Football Team
Fox Sports has a story posted about Ohio State fans who have started a petition asking President Obama to pardon their undefeated Buckeyes. The team is ineligible to participate in any postseason because of sanctions levied against them last year following players receiving free tattoos and other gifts in exchange for game memorabilia.
With Ohio State sitting undefeated, they could play for the national championship if they were only eligible. Notre Dame is the only other team with a perfect record on the season.
The petition has been removed from the whitehouse.gov website for violating their terms of participation. The petition had said the following:
The Ohio State University football team is one win away from an undefeated season. However, due to imposed sanctions, they are not allowed to participate in their conference’s championship game or the following bowl season. While a punishment for past indiscretions is to be expected, a bowl season ban is too harsh for a few young men trading memorabilia for tattoos and some change. The offending players and coach who covered it up are no longer part of the program. Please exercise your executive power to pardon the NCAA’s excessive sanctions placed on The Ohio State Buckeyes to enable a rightful, satisfying culmination to the college football season for the American people.
With the removal of the petition from the website, it more than likely means the president is not even considering taking any type of action. Ohio State fans will have to wait another year to see any postseason participation by the Buckeyes.