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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 7, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:06 am

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Someone needs to send the NCAA book to tOSU and maybe a translator, because it seems to be misunderstood . NO MONEY AND OR GIFTS ARE TO BE ACCEPTED UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY THE SCHOOL AND OR NCAA . Not knowing the rule like it was presented last year does't work this one . GET IT !!!

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:19 am
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Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:27 am

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments


Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:15 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.  And I'm taking to thr media, especially CBS, who seem intent on squeezing as much as they can from these events.  The alum on the giving end has been named.  So what?  He will not suffer anything more than "humiliation," if there be such a thing for alums.  Those who will really suffer are the players coaches, and students at OSU.  Move on and get a real story.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:42 am

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

The only reason this is even considered "big" news is because it's Ohio state, the Dallas cowboys of college football.  Only the Buckeyes aren't "americas team"  the buckeyes are "americas most "hated" team."  That's okay though, because i still love my buckeyes. through thick and thin this team will win.

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:32 am

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

As an Ohio State fan and--more importantly--an alumnus (class of '89), I won't bother correcting 5th-grade grammar.  Someone "should have" not "should of" done something.   "Should've" is the appropriate contraction.  OK, I lied.  I will correct grammar.  That aside, Tressel covered up significant wrongdoing at OSU.  Tressel lied to the NCAA.  Had Tressel simply told the truth last year, players would have been suspended for the Sugar Bowl (which Ohio State would have then likely lost) plus a couple of games this year and the issue would have been satisfied, resolved, and finished.  The "student-athletes" that received benefits in the form of tattoos, cash for signatures, etc. are no less culpable.  That said, on many levels they are still kids.  They don't get a pass.  But, they're still kids.  Tressel is not a kid.  Neither is Gene Smith (the AD).  Nor is Gordon Gee (the President of the University).  As a fan and an alumnus, in my opinion, the only way that Ohio State should avoid major penalties is if Smith and Gee resign.  Only then can OSU realistically and justifiably say (metaphorically) to the world that whatever "lack of institutional control" issues that the NCAA might raise have been excised.  I love my school.  I do not love the men who run it.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:14 am

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

This phony booster called DiGeronimo is actually some 10-year old from Akron. I live in the real Geronimo area of the country and find it offensive that Ohio State can make up some ridiculous name of a fictitious dude to take the fall for the Buckeyes. We shouldn't be too surprised by this nonsense since Gordon Goo and Geno Smith are still employed in Columbus. Those 2 clowns will throw the Tress and Pryor and anyone else under the bus to keep this football machine in motion.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:38 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I am a WVU booster and they tell us very clearly every year a whole list of things we cannot do. I'm not even allowed to talk to a high school athlete of any kind about the school. It's pretty clear from that you shouldn't be doing any other really obvious stuff like this guy did. Some people think they can get away with anything.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:21 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

@justaguy49 you are an idiot.  TP might not of been a heisman level QB but to say he wasnt good is ignorant.  He won a Big Ten title every year he was here, won 2 BCS games and was MVP in both.  Its all in the past now and i still consider him a Buckeye. 

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:15 pm

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

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