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LIMA — The initial shock of the scandal that has overwhelmed Ohio State football hit a long time ago so Friday's announcement by the university that it was forfeiting all its games last season came more as an expected disappointment.Former Ohio State player Dave Reynolds, of Lima, who played for the Buckeyes from 1964-1966 as a running back, said he expected something like this.“I still feel there's probably a few more sanctions coming down the road,” Reynolds said.Reynolds said it hurts to forfeit games for both the players and the fans. He said it may cost the Buckeyes a few blue chip players but added Ohio State will always have good players.“There's still a lot of talent,” he said.Ohio State's choice to vacate its wins from last season that earned the Buckeyes its share of the Big Ten championship is seen by many as a way to try to head off the problem and looming sanctions expected to come later this summer. The move was a response to the NCAA's investigation of a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job and led to star quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving the school.Jim Maley, who coaches the golf team at Ohio State's Lima campus, said he was disappointed but it's only fair. He said as a former high school coach he always said if a team played with ineligible players, the games they won should not count.“This certainly is a disappointment but I'm a fan and will continue to be,” said Maley, who went to this year's Sugar Bowl and watched Ohio State beat Arkansas.While the forfeit of every game last year means, on paper, Ohio State lost to rival Michigan, local fans took solace in the fact Ohio State destroyed Michigan on the field last year, something they said can't be taken away. “I know in my mind and the Michigan fans know in their mind who won that game. The record books may not indicate it but we all know who won that game,” Maley said. Local fan Karen Barrington, who has missed fewer than five Ohio State games, home or away, in the past 15 years, said she is disappointed by Friday's news but is hoping the team can put that in the past and work toward a positive future.“Lets not throw the whole program away because several people made mistakes. I think it's too positive of a program and has had too much integrity to throw it under the bus,” Barrington said. She said she will not let it change her loyalty to Ohio State.“I'm a huge Buckeye fan and will stay that way,” Barrington said. Maley's only concern is the NCAA may try to make an example of Ohio State because of its football success and take it too far.“I hate to see future teams penalized for what past teams did,” he said. “To go into the future and punish kids who did not create the problem.”You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.



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