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Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 12:50 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A Cleveland-area Ohio State booster has admitted "responsibility" for the $200 payments at a charity event that led to the two-game suspensions of Buckeyes Corey Brown, Travis Howard and Jordan Hall. He also revealed how those payments were delivered--by none other than ex-Buckeye Terrelle Pryor, who gave the three suspended players envelopes with the cash inside.

The booster, Robert DiGeronimo, told the Columbus Post-Dispatch that the money was intended to be used as reimbursement for the three players' travel expenses. Brown, Howard and Hall received the money at an Independence, Ohio fundraiser for the charity Cornerstone of Hope, which was founded by DiGeronimo's son-in-law and on whose Board of Directors DiGeronimo serves.

However, DiGeronimo would not admit to having provided the money himself nor describe how Pryor had obtained it.

"However the money got there ... it did not come from Cornerstone," DiGeronimo told the Dispatch. "However Mr. Pryor got the money, I take responsibility. I am responsible for those kids coming up here from Columbus. I handled it wrong. I should not have handled it the way I did."

Two other unnamed current OSU players told the Dispatch they had also been in attendance at the fundraiser, but had not received any money. The players' appearances at the fundraiser had not been approved by the Ohio State compliance office

Brown, Howard and Hall were reinstated yesterday after repaying the $200 to an unidentified charity, and will be eligible for this week's visit to Miami. But the NCAA also confirmed that its investigation into Ohio State is ongoing--and with the obvious questions that surround why Terrelle Pryor was walking around with envelopes full of money at a fundraising event largely organized by an admitted Buckeye booster-slash-superfan, it's easy to see why.

Comments

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Please give it a rest.  This is a minor infraction which happens everywhere.  Not worthy of your constant headlines.

Come on, now.  I know you're a Buckeye superfan, but you don't find it interesting that more stuff is popping up and, shockingly, Pryor is involved yet again?



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

GulfCoastView writes:

"Please give it a rest.  This is a minor infraction which happens everywhere.  Not worthy of your constant headlines."

Minor infractions, "which happen everywhere" may occur, but the manner in which these ocurred should be of concern:

  • Envelopes of cash - is this a mafia wedding?  Let me guess they lost their receipts for actual travel expenses incurred.
  • Said envelopes of cash being delivered by Terrell Pryor.
  • Did the other players, not in recipient of envelopes, not incur travel expenses as well?  Would be interesting where these players are on the depth chart.
  • Booster would not admit funding the "travel expenses," but will take blame/responsibility?
          
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Not something a program already under scrutiny would wnat to welcome.


    



     

  


    




     




Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

This is not a minor offense...  Part of the problem is that you have a disease roaming your campus in the form of Terrelle Pryor who constantly finds himself in unfavorable lights.  Until they further rid the entire program of the heads that are there now this will continue to be an ongoing story.   FIRE THEM ALL.  They all cheated and knew it.  DEATH PENALTY is the only just solution.  And that goes for the AD and the departed AD.

Death penalty bla bla bla  You keep buying your players and letting cheaters play. Until your house is clean you should not talk about others.



Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

This is not a minor offense...  Part of the problem is that you have a disease roaming your campus in the form of Terrelle Pryor who constantly finds himself in unfavorable lights.  Until they further rid the entire program of the heads that are there now this will continue to be an ongoing story.   FIRE THEM ALL.  They all cheated and knew it.  DEATH PENALTY is the only just solution.  And that goes for the AD and the departed AD.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I am so glad my Ducks didn't sign Terrelle Pryor...not only was he at best an average quarterback


Totally average.  In fact, the only defense he was ever able to completely dominate was that of Oregon.  Wink



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I am so glad my Ducks didn't sign Terrelle Pryor...not only was he at best an average quarterback, but he brought so many headaches to Ohio State, he's the gift that keeps on giving: infractions, that is.   Although, Penn St. was close to signing this guy, I wonder what Joe Paterno would've done with this prima donna, my guess is put him in his place (although it is very possible that Pryor would've spelled the end for JoPa).  

I hope the NFL gives hard lessons in reality.  I really hope he stays at QB and gets a real reality check at his skills.  I don't want him injured, but boy does he need a good a$$ beating.  

Do you think freakishly talented artists or piano players in school get treated like royality, the way we do with these blue chip athletes?  Hardly.  We need to stop the hero worship of talented athletes at all levels.  They play a GAME, well.  It's not like those skills transition well to any other aspect of life.  Congratulations, you throw a ball alright, and run with great speed and agility.  You could probably throw a spear at a bear, then outrun it once you realize the spear didn't kill the poor beast.  Otherwise, I don't know what else your "skills" are good for.   



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

OSU has idiots at every level.  The idiot AD who (1) presided over and made a mockery of the NCAA tournament selections and (2) knew exactly what Jim Tressel knew, should lose his job.  So should President "Gee", if nothing else for his pompous outspoken comments about the quality of non-BCS football programs.  What an aristocrat.



Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

pryor now a courier for cash!
when did he have time to actually do any studying with all the running around passing out cash and selling items and
having ink tat artwork to his body.
pryor is the kevin bacon of osu football violations!the 6th degree of seperation theory all leads back to the mule.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

THATS IT!  OSU NEEDS TO JUST DIE!!!  The NCAA needs to get ALL of the Books from the library and line up Terrell Pryor, this Booster, and all the Ohio State Coaches and players that have EVER played the game and throw them at them in firing squad fashion.  This can NOT be tolerated in our fascist NCAA.  Only teams with the good ole boys should get away with this type of under the table treachery.  Oh, and the NFL needs to kick dirt in these guys faces and any ALUMNI retired, or currently playing for the NFL.  SUCK ON THAT!  GO SEC!!!  GO BIG 12!!! GO PAC 14? 



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Please give it a rest.  This is a minor infraction which happens everywhere.  Not worthy of your constant headlines.


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