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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: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:40 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.




Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

You are so right Teres Minor, Its been shady from the very start almost like a cover up one takes the entire blame to get the school off the hook. As i always say it sure smells south of Michigan!!!



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Pryor did not do anything wrong in the first
place he sold his own stuff just like any other American can do. Now Pryor is
the Anti Christ because some group makes rules to exploit the kids their bad
people when they don’t follow that BS. 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.




Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:14 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. 



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:10 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.




Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

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.




Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Rules are rules...

What, there were like 21 Wisconsin players who were suspended (1-3 games) back in the late-90s for accepting nominal "discounts" on tennis shoes?  They were not "given" anything, just discounts.  The guy who owns the store gives discounts to almost everyone, including me.  If that is a violation of the rules for college players (and it is) then we cannot accept any excuses from this man for the actions of these OSU players.  Rules were broken, and prices need to be paid. 




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Typical OSU

THE Ohio State University has used one very effective combination over and over to escape or lessen punishment: scapegoat and isolate.  Once again, like Tressel, like TP, like Maurice Clarett, one person admits to everything and says the school had nothing to do with it.  This gives Gordon Gee's BFF Mark Emmert an excuse to let them off with yet another ineffective wrist-slap.  

Fire Mark Emmert.  Punish Ohio State. 



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Its nice to see a booster take credit and not just stay in the shadows.  



Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Buckeye booster takes responsibility for payments

Some very fine young men representing THE very fine university.....such a shame.


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