Vacating Losses?

Vacating Losses?

Submitted by Yostal on July 9th, 2011 at 7:53 PM

So according to this piece from the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ohio State mentioned five self-imposed sanctions in its response to the NCAA:

• Vacating the 2010 season, including the Sugar Bowl win. According to Ohio State, this means the entire 12-1 season, making Ohio State 0-0 last year.

• Vacating the 2010 Big Ten title, originally shared with Wisconsin and Michigan State with a 7-1 conference record.

• Suspending several players for games during the 2011 season, as was originally done in December.

• Seeking and getting the resignation of football coach Jim Tressel.

• Two years of probation.

Now, we all know that vacating wins is standard practice in situations regarding eligibilty of players, but vacating losses seems like a new one to me.  What's worse is that it allows Ohio State to not have to claim the loss or the game played in their all-time record.  That seems like having their cake and eating it too.  Has anyone ever heard of a school vacating its losses?  Could schools just start vacating their losses and claim the game never happened for one reason or another?  Could Michigan go in and vacate the 2010 OSU loss on the grounds that Ohio State claims the game never happened?

I know there's a tinge of sarcasm in this, but I am trying to figure out if this has precedent.