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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: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Sorry.....Sorry he got caught, Jess Sayin'

Hey aer you "Jess Sayin'", I was not sure if you were "Jess Sayin'"?



Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

sardog, I agree with what you say, and as an OSU fan, it is embarassing to see what has transpired over the last year or so.  The ENTIRE University needs to be held accountable for the actions of students and student/athletes.  As a fan, I would feel better if the AD, university president and coach all came forward with the allegations and began to work on a corrective action plan rather than trying to hide it all.   The issues raised ARE serious, not only for OSU, but for all of college athletics.  This is just another steaming example of the levels those outside of the organizations will go to ensure that their alma-mater will be successful.

Believe me, I know that college football is a HUGE money-maker for the universities and they will do all they can to protect their "trade secrets" so that they can maximize their return on investment.  But what cost are they willing to pay for those athletes that abide by the rules and do the right things?  They jeopardize future recruits if they are on probation for the actions of players now making their "millions" in the NFL or have moved on to something else.

Ohio State deserves whatever punishment the NCAA deems appropriate.  As a die-hard fan, I would rather be associated with a program and university that tries to do the right thing, and when there is an infraction, they investigate and correct it not bury it.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

whatever
  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.


Regardless of how many times you post this drivel, it is still not true.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

whatever
  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.


Regardless of how many times you post this drivel, it is still not true.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

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.

I agree that the DP is still a bit much for OSU in light of this but even you must be concerned or troubled about all of the allegations and issues that have continued come up ever since this rocky path began for your team.  You have to understand that this constant attention is something that OSU has brought on itself at all levels.  The coach proclaimed himself to be "cleaner" than everyone else, especially by writing a book on morals and values.  The AD and university president go to press conferences and make mockeries of serious matters, practically daring anyone to take action as if they are above outside scrutiny.  Finally the fans have arrogantly proclaimed for years how they are better than everyone else and are "the model" for others to follow.  Now, when the termite holes are exposed behind the siding, why are all of the OSU fans surprised and so eager to try to cover up their flaws by trying to (1) deny the seriousness of the issues that continue to come up and (2) try to deflect with lame talk such as "we are not the only one" and "you keep buying your players and letting cheaters play"?  You (OSU and fans) act like you are being targeted but the fact is that you (OSU and fans) put the target on yourselves.



Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:57 am
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Oh, come on.  Do ypu have to drag the Ohio State story ouy anymore?  Who cares anymore who was on the diving wnd of things.  The violation happened, now get on with life
Dude teh media are not dredging up these stories the booster did this one! Besides that there are many layers that have not been peeled down to yet of many other infractions. If they find one , then another you think they should just stop there? How else will they get back to normalcy if they don't uncover everything and fix it now brfore it's broke! JMHO



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:31 am
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

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.
As I am sure Roger Goodell is also watching with interest. Now Roger do you see how issuing "stupid suspensions" may come back and bite you in the arse or at least make you out to be a fool? If he his found guilty of tampering with NCAA student athletes or some similar charge, will you suspend Pryor more games - the year? Oh, Roger Roger, you should have not permitted TP to enter the supplemental draft due to NFL rules in the first place - made him wait a year. Tisk Tisk!  "If at first you don't succeed try try again".



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:47 am
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Sorry.....Sorry he got caught, Jess Sayin'



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:38 am
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

you moron i turned 60 in july!



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:44 am
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

The two dirtiest programs in college football are Ohio State and Maimi.  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.  They both need to get the chair, a double-death penalty would scare other college programs straight and clean up college football.  At the very least the two worst offenders would be gone.


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