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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.

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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Look, I know you must hating being a fan of the one of the biggest cheating programs in NCAA history, but honestly as you guys got a slap on the wrist no other school would have gotten, please stop complaining.  I think the entire nation is tire of hearing Ohio State cry about being "persecuted" while never ackowledging what the program could do differently going forward to prevent a repeat - but that can't happen until you homers admit the obvious - you cheated often, and with impunity, lied about, and now you want to cry.  Man up and grow a pair.

Biggest cheating program in history?  Hardly!  This stuff at OSU pales in comparison to SMU and much of the old SWC, not to mention Bama and much of the SEC. Miami anyone?  Sheesh!! 

Where do you come up with this "slap on the wrist" garbage?  The NCAA has not ruled on the current issues at OSU.  So how do you know that the punishment is mild?  The fact is, you don't.  None of us do, so once again, you are full of crap.

As for being "persecuted", most Buckeye fans have admitted there were problems. Not many condone what Tressel did...it was clearly wrong...and now he is gone.  We're not complaining about the punishment we know is coming...it is deserved.  But if you can't see that there has been about 100 times more media coverage bashing aimed at OSU than we saw for the USC, Auburn Camgate, Miami and all other CFB scandals combined, then there is no hope for you.

I do admit the obvious.  Tressel failed to report what he knew, and as a result, a few kids played about 5 games when they should have been suspended.  And yes, he did lie about it.  That is the extent of the major violations and cheating.  It was isolated to one guy who broke the chain of communication to bypass the system that was in place to prevent this type of thing. It was an isolated incident, not a case of "you cheated often, and with impunity", and you can not prove otherwise.  There have been numerous announcements about changes to be made at OSU to prevent a reoccurrence. Somehow, I doubt you have taken any notice of the proposed changes, and I doubt you really care.  It does not fit your agenda.  But I will be fair.  It would be easy to miss the announcements, as the media has given that about 1/100th of 1% of the attention that it lavished on the rest of the story.

BTW, a lesser man would not defend his Alma Mater against the inequities of the overwhelming number of attacks.  I have stood tall and faced it head on.  You don't have to "grow a pair" to pile on.  Any coward can do that.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Miles suspended his starting QB for the year defending himself at a bar before he had even been arrested - no other coach, especially not an Ohio State coach, would ever do it. 


Oh gosh, what a surprise to find skreffty badmouthing OSU on an OSU thread.  (I commented on last night's LSU-MSU game this morning and suddenly skreffty labels me as a troll.  Is I said in that thread, I know hypocrisy when I see it.)

Defending himself at a bar?  What part of defending yourself at a bar involves jerking a dude out of his truck with the help of about a dozen team mates, then proceed to kick his teeth down his throat?  Who would have guessed that none of the football players got hurt, but the dude the QB kicked wound up in the hospital with broken vertibrae and missing teeth.  Quit with the holier-than-thou garbage, skreffty, because in this case you are absolutely full of crap.  This is a level of douchery I can't believe even you would stoop to.

BTW, it took the police at least a week to charge the guy.  Of course Miles suspended him before he was arrested.  And just to prove you wrong, Tressel suspended his starting QB for the last 2 scheduled games of his career over a DUI (bad, but no felony).  Clarett never played another down for OSU for far less.  So once again, skreffty, you are full of crap.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

You had a lot of criminals down there at The OSU. Does the name Maurice Clarett ring a bell.
I guess I will have to refresh your memory a little bit then.

• January 2001 -- Commits to Ohio State to play college football.

• January 2002 -- Begins classes at Ohio State after graduating early from Harding.

• December 2002 -- Blasts Ohio State officials for not allowing him to fly home to Youngstown for the funeral of a friend, then accuses university administrators of lying when they say he didn't file necessary paperwork for emergency financial aid for the flight.

• July 12, 2003 -- The New York Times quotes a teaching assistant at Ohio State who says Clarett got preferential treatment. She says he walked out of a midterm exam but passed the class after the professor gave him an oral exam.

• July 29, 2003 -- Ohio State confirms the NCAA is investigating Clarett's claim that more than $10,000 in clothing, CDs, cash and stereo equipment was stolen in April from a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that Clarett had borrowed from a local dealership.

• Sept. 9, 2003 -- Charged with misdemeanor falsification for the police report on the theft. The charge carries a penalty ranging from probation to six months in jail and $1,000 fine.

• Sept. 10, 2003 -- Athletic director Andy Geiger announces Clarett is suspended for the season. Geiger says Clarett received special benefits worth thousands of dollars from a family friend and repeatedly misled investigators.

• Jan. 1, 2006 -- Accused of robbing two people at gunpoint in an alley behind a Columbus bar and is wanted by police on two counts of aggravated robbery.

• Aug. 9 -- Arrested after highway chase that police say started when he refused to pull over after a traffic violation. Police say they use pepper spray on him and find three handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle inside the vehicle he was driving.

• Sep. 18 -- Agreed to plead guilty to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon. The deal would send him to prison for at least 3½ years and end two criminal cases against him.

The reason I am using him is because he was Jim Tressels boy just like Pryor.

Pryor is going to end up just like Clarett. If all you think Pryor did also was sell a few things then you are living in a fantasy world. He did a lot more than that but being able to prove it will be the hard part
Things do happen at every college players given things or taking money...you can't get around boosters do this to players but it is the coach's and athletic directors responsibilty to enforce the rules as soon as they find out what has happened not when they have no other choice. This is what The OSU has done and has not changed their ways.
Once they fire the Athletic Director down there then maybe I will believe they are trying to clean up this mess the right way.




Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

BNiggest disgrace in ohio sports history - Woody Hayes face punch and The scandal of 2011



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

He sold stuff given to him by the University, so nope, not personal property


It was personal property, he broke the rules by selling the items but it was still personal property.  These items were not on loan they were given to each player....


...with the understanding that they could not sell it while they were college athletes.


I noticed that you hadn't completed your sentence so I took the liberty of doing it for you.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

You said something about buying players and letting cheaters play.  That applies to many, many schools (especially Ohio State - they are like the Barry Bonds of college football but without the awards), but as he is an LSU fan it obviously doesn't apply to him.  LSU self-reports and suspends guys whose offenses pale in comparison to the cash and drugs buckeye players get.  Miles suspended his starting QB for the year defending himself at a bar before he had even been arrested - no other coach, especially not an Ohio State coach, would ever do it.  In fact Tressell would have lied about it on numerous occasions even though the school president knew all about it.

Yes I did say it to a LSU fan, the school who paid for "recruiting material" and is being investigated for that and who let a kid who cheated on a test play in the bowl game and get no punishment at all.  I knew who it was and what school and it did apply to him.  The LSU athletic program did not report the cheating a "rogue" teacher did.  Miles suspended his starting QB because he was getting felony charges that is why, it was a no brainer.  I would say that tOSU would do the same but we do not seem to have the true criminals and felons that seem to be the norm down south.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

He sold stuff given to him by the University, so nope, not personal property


It was personal property, he broke the rules by selling the items but it was still personal property.  These items were not on loan they were given to each player.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Pryor did not do anything wrong in the first
place he sold his own stuff just like any other American can do. Now Pryor is
the Anti Christ because some group makes rules to exploit the kids their bad
people when they don’t follow that BS. That why the players should get paid!!! You
don’t care about them all you care about is bragging rights. THE Ohio State
Buckeyes made far more off of Pryor than he made off them
He sold stuff given to him by the University, so nope, not personal property.  Sack up and admit your school cheats like the Tour de France.  Then your coach lied about it. Repeatedly.  If you think this kind of behavior is okay, then I understand why our country is where it is.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

This all happened in February before TP left OSU.  Since then OSU has cut all ties with him.  Just another example of how 1 guy can spread trouble everywhere he goes.
Of course the Ohio State case is about way more than just one guy, at leat ten in fact, plus the ex-coach and the school president.  I think you Ohio State homers are right, it isn't a lack of institutional control at all.  The institution itself knew, aided, and helped the cover up.  They were in complete control directing the cash, etc to the right players.  There is still more to come here, but it being Ohio State, they may lose a scholarship for a quarter 15 years from now for it.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:09 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.
You said something about buying players and letting cheaters play.  That applies to many, many schools (especially Ohio State - they are like the Barry Bonds of college football but without the awards), but as he is an LSU fan it obviously doesn't apply to him.  LSU self-reports and suspends guys whose offenses pale in comparison to the cash and drugs buckeye players get.  Miles suspended his starting QB for the year defending himself at a bar before he had even been arrested - no other coach, especially not an Ohio State coach, would ever do it.  In fact Tressell would have lied about it on numerous occasions even though the school president knew all about it.

Don't you accountability hating apologists get it?  A school like LSU cleans itself proactively before the NCAA even knew something was amiss, the anti-Ohio State if you will. 

Look, I know you must hating being a fan of the one of the biggest cheating programs in NCAA history, but honestly as you guys got a slap on the wrist no other school would have gotten, please stop complaining.  I think the entire nation is tire of hearing Ohio State cry about being "persecuted" while never ackowledging what the program could do differently going forward to prevent a repeat - but that can't happen until you homers admit the obvious - you cheated often, and with impunity, lied about, and now you want to cry.  Man up and grow a pair.


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