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NCAA hasn't reinstated three Ohio State players

Posted on: September 9, 2011 6:26 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 6:33 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Last week, Ohio State suspended RB Jordan Hall, CB Travis Howard and S Corey Brown for the Akron game after learning the three players had accepted $200 for their presence at a Cleveland charity event. Ohio State expected its three suspended players to be reinstated by the NCAA for this week's game at Toledo following the conclusion of the NCAA's investigation.

Problem: the NCAA never agreed to a one-game suspension. As a result, all three players will be sitting out their second straight game.

Here's the official statement from Ohio State:

The three Ohio State University football players suspended for last week's game have not been reinstated by the NCAA and will not participate in the game Saturday against the University of Toledo. The university continues to work with the NCAA on the reinstatement process and is hopeful that the student-athletes will be reinstated soon. The university will have no further comment. 

On its face, this appears to run counter to the NCAA's speedy reinstatement of several suspended Miami players who had accepted much more than $200 from disgraced booster Nevin Shapiro. The problem for Ohio State is that this is more than an issue of just punishment; the NCAA is not satisfied with the results of its investigation, and the fact that the three players gave conflicting reports to officials and investigators about why they were at the fundraiser and who paid them cannot possibly help their case for an expedited reinstatement.

To that end, here is the official statement from the NCAA (emphasis ours):

Contrary to recent media reports, Ohio State football student-athletes Corey Brown, Jordan Hall and Travis Howard are not cleared to compete in the game on Saturday with University of Toledo. The nature and scope of their violations merit a minimum two-game suspension. In addition, the facts submitted by the university have raised further questions that need to be answered before the reinstatement process is complete. 

Two of the three suspended players named a former Buckeye as the source of the money, and the third named a "representative of athletics interests." All names were redacted by Ohio State on the documents acquired by the Columbus Dispatch.

It is strange that we live in a world where athletes in a multi-billion dollar sport/industry can be taken out of competition for something as insignificant as accepting a $200 gift, and it's been made clear recently that Ohio State has a few boosters who don't have much respect for those rules, but they are still the rules. So as long as giving money to players is still illegal, as long as the NCAA's sniffing around Columbus because of previous violations, and as long as the NCAA won't reinstate players who are being evasive with an investigation, it strongly behooves everybody involved with the Ohio State program to follow the NCAA's rules to a T. To do anything less is demonstrably harmful to the program, and it's strange that so many people around the team -- from Jim Tressel to everyone else who evidently wants to give these players an extra little something -- don't seem to realize this.


Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 2:42 pm

NCAA hasn't reinstated three Ohio State players

Cry me a river you morons !  Laughing

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 12:08 pm

NCAA hasn't reinstated three Ohio State players

Let us quit our crying and bitching and just watch and enjoy the new season.OSU did nothing wrong ....the kids did and OSU reported it.

This is beginning to sound like a broken record. Every week there is some new revelation about wrongdoing in Colunbus. And every week Gene Smith issues a statement that he has conducted a through investigation and this is the last incident of cheating in his program. Time to blow this cesspool up!

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:24 am

If players lied to NCAA, should be out for year

If these Ohio State players lied to the NCAA, then they should be ineligible for the entire year same as Dez Bryant @ Oklahoma State.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:01 am

NCAA hasn't reinstated three Ohio State players

First, Buckeye fans need to drop to their knees and thank the heavens above that "The U" eixsts. On a COMPARATIVE scale, The U makes the Buckeyes look like the G rated version of college sports cheating, although cheating is cheating. The good news, Bucknuts, is that The U took you out of the headlines and made you, at best, a back page story. Now if you could get Pryor to stop trying to appeal his suspension from the NFL, maybe the story would go away entirely. As the NCAA moves forward with their punishments, or lack thereof, in the Miami situation, the Buckeyes will almost be cleansed by the NCAA nonsense. I agree with the person that lamented the unexplainable suspensions for the players at Miami, especially when compared to the suspensions handed out to OSU players. As is often said, and seems true especially in the case of the NCAA, sense isn't common. The person that eloquently painted the two situations for comparison purposes was exactly correct and pretty funny. As all of the situations continue and the NCAA looks foolish in their handling of each one, it only becomes clearer that crime truly does pay, as long as the NCAA gets it's relative portion.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:29 am

NCAA hasn't reinstated three Ohio State players

Let us quit our crying and bitching and just watch and enjoy the new season.OSU did nothing wrong ....the kids did and OSU reported it...I'm ready for some football !!!!!!!!

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:50 am

NCAA hasn't reinstated three Ohio State players

Is Jacobi sixteen years old? He writes, "...something as insignificant as accepting a $200 gift". So what is he suggesting here? Is he saying that robbing a convenience store is insignificant compared to robbing a bank, and therefore should not be punished? Is slapping one's wife OK, as long they didn''t deliver a full punch to the face? Is driving buzzed insignificant compared to being drunk? What's the point here?   Let's say a player was given an insignificant amount of $200 after every game. That's now $2,400. There is no such thing as being "a little bit wrong". There are only two catergories and they are "right and wrong". There is no middle ground or grey area. There is no "interpretation" clause. There is only right and wrong. Jacobi's reaction here reflects much about his generation and culture's perception of right and wrong. If it feels good do it. Don't be hatin'. No big thang.  

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:06 am

NCAA hasn't reinstated three Ohio State players

Seems like you blabs would just report the news and save your backwards attempts at being sly with with the kooky slams and wothless two cent opinions. Ya still look pretty lame from all that mudslingin based on pure Horse shirt. Turns out da Bucks are clean as your baldheads and Tressel should Sue....4alot

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:22 am

ohio state basketball

They get an early season test four games in against Florida, the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Tourney winner.    &nbs

Since: Apr 17, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 2:03 am

NCAA hasn't reinstated three Ohio State players

You're dumb.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 1:13 am

NCAA hasn't reinstated three Ohio State players

Is there a double standard in college football?


OSU Violations: Here's a gift (less than $300 is a minor violation) for helping with a Breast Cancer Charity Event - NCAA ruling - MORE THAN ONE GAME SUSPENSION!!! MUST BE MADE AN EXAMPLE OF!!!

Miami U Violations:Here's some cash, cars (like really really nice cars), prostitutes, weed, abortions, jewelry, more prostitutes and lap dances, wild yacht sex parties, and some flat screens (oh did we mention THE ABORTION) - NCAA ruling - one game suspension.

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