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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: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

What is crazy is that every buckeye fan on this planet felt so happy when pryor commited they were walking on cloud 9.

I can't speak for every Buckeye fan, but I was happy to hear that OSU got him.  Then he had his first news conference and I wasn't so sure.  Then he kept doing things on the field and on the sidelines and saying things that made me anxious for him to leave.  I was disgusted with Tressel for trying to make him into an NFL style pocket passer when clearly his talent stopped at being big and fast.  I think I represent a lot of fans who had grown tired of Pryor long before the tattoo scandal.



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I NEVER THOUGHT PRYOR WAS THAT GOOD OF A QB.......HE WAS AND IN SOME WAYS IS STILL A LEECH FEEDING ON THE BUCKEYE PROGRAM.....I FOR ONE WAS GLAD TO SEE HIM GO....THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY BANNED HIM HOWEVER LIKE A LEECH HE KEEPS COMING BACK .....THE UNIVERSITY SHOULD BRING LAWSUIT AGAINST HIM AND TAKE EVERY DIME HE MAKES IN THE NFL.....WHICH PROBABLY WONT BE MUCH.....



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

What is crazy is that every buckeye fan on this planet felt so happy when pryor commited they were walking on cloud 9. They were saying how they would win 4 championships in a row and that pryor was the next great king of football. now they can not forget him fast enough this kid has destroyed their program like no one other player in the history of the ncaa? I love ncaa football and have watched and read about it everyday for 43 years and I have never seen one player do this much damage it is unbelievable. I guess sometimes you really do have to watch what you wish for? All I can say is I am glad he chose to stay away from Pitt.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

This doesn't add up to a hill of beans.  Leave the Buckeyes alone.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Last time I checked, $200 was less than $2500 (Shariff Floyd).  Two games for both offenses.  Seems fair.



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.  

I'd also like to clear up a couple of misconceptions about this charity event.  As dumb as the whole incident was, it happened February 19. This is not some new incident.  It just came to light recently and the university reported it and suspended the players as is appropriate. 

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. 



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

When scUM beats tOSU six times in a row you can talk about fallen.  Until then top of the world.

Can I comment since I'm a Trojan fan and they pretty much b-slapped the Buckeyes whenever they played against each other?  Cool



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I gotta admit, I love this stuff.  It never gets old.  Oh, how the mighty (just ask them) have fallen. 


When scUM beats tOSU six times in a row you can talk about fallen.  Until then top of the world.


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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:46 pm
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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:17 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

I like this competition between Miami and OSU to piss off the NCAA the most.  The football games are somewhat moot when it came down to which team has been receiving the most benefits.  I guess its Miami's turn next for the public allegation debacle.

Also think about these benefits.  Really think, you're talking a couple hundred dollars here or there to young men who are not allowed to work most jobs.  Unless you count playing at multimillion dollar football programs for millionaire coaches, AD's, and conference officials.


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