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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.


Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:25 am

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Airon:  Hey homer, if you think anyone is misrepresenting facts, here are a couple of sites for you to peruse at your leisure: 

Sure, the school probably recommended that he resign or whatever, but its just another example of OSU not having the stones to act.  You're missing the point.  OSU didn't ask him to resign in January when they found out about the emails.  OSU didn't ask him to resign in February when he officially admitted to them that he lied to the NCAA.  Heck, they didn't even ask him to resign when theu suspended him.   Back then, these were the comments from the university:  Smith said he never considered firing Tressel.  "Wherever we end up at the end of the day, Jim Tressel is our football coach. We support him 100 percent. There was no intent on what he did."

"Are you kidding? ... That was never an issue," Mr. Gee said in response to an inquiry over whether he had considered firing Tressel over the matter...I understand college football. The integrity of this program, and this coach, is absolutely superb."

Did they ask Tressel to resign in March?  Nope.  April?  Negative.  Finally, in MAY he resigns.  MAY!  Did he get asked to resign?  Probably, but not because that was what OSU really wanted.  It was their only choice given the outcry over the situation.  If anyone is misrepresenting facts its homers like you who still pledge blind allegiance to Tressel and everyone involved in the scandal.  Of course, that seems to be an institutional problem at THE OSU.  Listen, if I went to OSU I'd be pretty irritated by all this crap too, but to pretend it isn't that bad and that everybody else is picking on your school is assinine.  OSU made their bed and now they have to lay in it. You might think that the rest of us don't get an opinion, but that isn't really how it works. 

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:14 am

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

They didn't fire Tressel.

Yeah, Tressel "resigned."  What?  Of course he got fired.  You think he prefers reviewing photos at Indi?

I don't know what anyone here hopes to gain by misrepresenting the facts and exagerating the wrongdoings here.  Comparing this to what's happening at Miami?  C'mon!  And people saying the A.D. lied?  Where does that come from?  People need to get a grip and quit playing judge, jury and executioner.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:24 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

  It is nice to see culpability, but please!  It's a little to late to take the blame.  You still can if you want to, but it won't make anything differant for OSU.  Ego's and stupid people with money are the biggest problem the NCAA has.  What most don't realize is that someone offers a player $500 for whatever.  This is chump change from the giver, but solid gold to the receiver.   Of course they are going to take it because they are poor!  I know things need to change, but boosters need to get smarter if they want there program to flourish!

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:09 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

The school is an absolute SESS POOL but then again you get this with alot of state supported schools. That AD should be fired on the spot. One thing forsure Ohio doesnt report anything until they have been caught.. I sure hopE some strong punishment from the NCAA is comming shortley when they read there verdict!!!...GO BLUE

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:37 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I think we have seen a few 6 games streaks.  Don't ever forget the series guys are the little number.  And I'm just saying......... Top of the world, to me, means national champs.  You're not.  I've seen 11 UM OSU games personally and my Wolverines won 8.  Go Blue

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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:10 pm
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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:28 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

this is crazy he shouldn't get off easy at all he needs to be punished for screwing up a great University making it look like thug-U...this is getting out of hand people need to start getting punished so we can have quality football no distractions...pshhh that will never happen

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:26 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Texas Football,

You stated it perfectly. The OSU never did anything to punish themselves when they found out and only did something when they had to.
For the school to start and gain some respect they need to fire the athletic director. They didn't fire Tressel and they did not boot Pryor.
These two left on there own which made The OSU look even worse.
Again great job on your comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:14 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

NitroBuck:  I'll give you half credit.  While I agree that the death penalty is a little harsh here, I absolutely disagree that the school shouldn't have done more. 

What more is a school supposed to do? 

The school is supposed to step in right away and dole out appropriate punishment when rules are broken.  OSU has never done that.  They didn't do it with Pryor and they didn't do it with Tressel, so why should anybody have any faith in them to do it now?  It looks like they have learned a lesson, but really - isn't it long past time?  The biggest problem that OSU has is that people who aren't from OSU don't trust a dang word they say.  You blame Tressel and Pryor for everything, but the funny thing is that the school did exactly what Tressell did when they found out about Tressell's omissions - NOTHING.  I get that Tressell isn't a college coach anymore (that lucrative NFL job is a real step down for him I'm sure) but that has nothing to do with OSU.  They never fired him.  Heck, the closest they got to punishing him was a 2 game suspension and a $250,000 fine.  And even that is suspicious.  OSU knew at least as early as Feb. 8 that he had lied to the NCAA, (but realistically they knew about the emails in mid January).  So, they took immediate action, right?  Wrong.  OSU and Tressell went on about their business with no punishment whatsoever.  Would they have punished him eventually?  Doubtful.  So when did they finally do some
thing?  Yahoo sports blew the whistle on Tressell on March 7.  March 8 - THE NEXT DAY - OSU announces the wimpy suspension.  That timing is more than coincidental.  

OSU has done almost nothing to Tressel.  It was Tressel who asked for the 5 game suspension.  It was Tressel who resigned from OSU, not the other way around.  Throughout these scandals OSU has done nothing of substance to punish anyone, and the paltry little penalties they have handed out have only been AFTER the media has already reported them.   That isn't a school doing the right thing, its a school doing something only because they have no other choice.  So, am I being unfair if I assume that OSU is only responding now because they have no choice?  Maybe, but there sure is a heck of a lot to back me up on that. 

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:13 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

At WVU - they tell us boosters to not give more than $500 to any 1 player.  $200 is totally acceptable!  

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