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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: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I see Pryor is still causing more problems down at The OSU. This man never should have been let into the NFL supplemental draft.

Actually, this violation took place 7 months ago when Pryor was still a student and on the team.  Now he is not, and has been forced to disassociate himself from OSU for the next 5 years.  So unless new misdeeds are uncovered, there is not likely to be much more trouble for OSU with respect to Pryor.  I agree, he should never have been allowed into the NFL supplemental draft.  The sad thing is, the agreement to disassociate himself from OSU was the key to clearing his path for the supplemental draft.
The fact that a student, regardless of his current status, gacve other students cash from yet another booster shows just how little institutional control there is.  There should definetely be new "punishments", though Ohio State really hasn't been punished at all, since this a new and seperate infraction.  If they weren't in the Big-10, they would have been given the death penalty months ago.  Just looking ata similar cases in the past, and even recently, the constant violations at Ohio State deserve at least a 5 year post-season ban.  Tressell was fired and Pryor was booted, fine, but when will the PROGRAM itself be penalized?



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

In light of this new information, I'm sure the NCAA will give their darlings and favorites MORE scholarships.  The more trouble this sess pool gets into, the less punsihment they receive.  I bet Boise State fans are like, "seriously?".



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

What is it a Ohio State?  Is this Co-Dependent Univeristy?  Everyone want blame but the people who are at fault.  This wealthy Columbus Yahoo will say he invited the guys to the fundraiser but won't tell where the money came from or how Pryor got it!!!  If that's the case DiGeronimo, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.    Where is Forrest Gump when you need him?  Stupid is...Ohio State...sorry, THE ohio State.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I see Pryor is still causing more problems down at The OSU. This man never should have been let into the NFL supplemental draft.

Actually, this violation took place 7 months ago when Pryor was still a student and on the team.  Now he is not, and has been forced to disassociate himself from OSU for the next 5 years.  So unless new misdeeds are uncovered, there is not likely to be much more trouble for OSU with respect to Pryor.  I agree, he should never have been allowed into the NFL supplemental draft.  The sad thing is, the agreement to disassociate himself from OSU was the key to clearing his path for the supplemental draft.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

They may try to cast all the blame on out-of-control boosters and hold themselves blameless but hopefully the NCAA isnt going to see it their way.
 

Dacey, OSU has been diligent about informing both boosters and players about NCAA rules regarding improper benefits, and OSU has gone out of its way to instruct both to avoid giving or taking improper benefits.  As an Alumnus, I know first hand that OSU takes this issue seriously.  It is disheartening to me that this type of issue has come up a mere 7 years after the most recent episode.  The boosters and players have no excuses for not knowing better, so to me it is a complete disregard for the rules and OSU's efforts to comply. 

Some people on these boards are critical of OSU for not monitoring and controlling both boosters and players in this matter.  My question is how is OSU, or any other school for that matter, supposed to monitor something like this when it occurred 130 miles away, and was perpetrated by people who have been repeatedly told not to do this type of thing?  As I see it, the kids and the boosters need to be held accountable.  The players have been punished appropriately (actually, the 2 game suspension is twice the precedented penalty seen in similar cases).  The boosters present a more difficult problem, as Universities have little direct control over boosters. In this case, the booster(s) will be disassociated by OSU and will no longer be able to buy tickets. 

No offense, but the death penalty you speak of is more that a bit excessive in a case like this.  The one thing people overlook in all of OSU's issues is that there is one common thread...Terrelle Pryor.  He was set to receive a 5 game suspension, but when his additional wrongdoings surfaced it became clear that he would be suspended to the point of never playing another snap for OSU.  What more is a school supposed to do?  Try to keep in mind that we are talking about secondary violations here.  The only major violation was Tressel failing to report what he knew, and it is fair to say he has been held accountable for that.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I see Pryor is still causing more problems down at The OSU. This man never should have been let into the NFL supplemental draft.
He should have had to sit out the year until next years draft. Yes the NFL is having him sit out the first five games but he still is getting paid.
So he will never learn a lesson from what he did wrong since he has gotten just what he wanted.
You can sit there and say all he did was sell his stuff for tatoo's but if you do then you are in the same dream world he is because he has broken many other NCAA rules but didnt get caught for those or there wasn't enough proof. All he is doing now is getting other players in trouble.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Interesting.  I had never even heard about that incident.  Of course, if Ohio State had been involved in any way, it would have been sports talk fodder for weeks.  I have pointed this next one out before.  Google "201 Alabama student athletes" and see what you get.  Yes, two hundred one.  The sports news community hardly sniffed that one.

On face value, the question of Floyd looks bad but if you read a bit about it, you might learn that this is not your average incident.  Was it wrong?  According to the rules, yes.  However, I can fully understand why this kid did what he did and he doesn't deserve more punishment than what he has gotten.  As for the Bama incident, did you just climb out from under your rock yesterday?  That was well known news for quite some time.  If you just learned about it, that is because you just started following CFB in the last couple of years.

This is not some violation that was perpetrated by any OSU official, and it is not reasonable to assume they had any knowledge of it until they found out about it and reported it.  The one official at OSU who is known to have covered anything up, Jim Tressel, has been fired and is gone from the program.


It may not have been perpetrated by a member of the OSU staff but if I were an OSU fan, I would be worried about my universities ability to monitor it's program with all of the incidents/allegations that have come up lately.  Not all of them may turn out to be troublesome or even accurate in the scope that they are first reported (the car issues), but enough of them might end up being much more problematic.

Oh, and ExtremebratTPA, I agree with everything that you have said, both in reply to me and with your comments about paying the student-athletes.




Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

... yeah, cuz what is under the rug in Boise, over with at USC, drove Urban Meyer to retire, and decades past at Free Shoes University and Bama doesn't hold weight now the media has a new whale...



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

"there was nothing we could do... some real greaseball stuff..."




Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I have heard the argument that these players should be paid to play football for their schools. 

FACT:  THEY ARE GETTING PAID.   IT IS CALLED A SCHOLARSHIP!!!!!  MOST OF THEM 4 YEAR RIDES!!! 


If you do not think that is a lot of money, look up the tuition for some of these schools and see what the college is "paying" their athletes to play.  If they get paid a salary, then they should have to pay their own tuition.  Bet most of them would cry to have a free ride instead.


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