I always saw Fulmer getting canned as the just reward for how Johnny Majors got ushered out to make room for him.
Um, Toy Story?
According to the article, he was offered a medical hardship scholarship. That would indicate his football playing days are over in Ohio State's eyes.
I don't see how they would get around Title IX issues to add more male scholarships to keep the rosters the same size as they are now.