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Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

Posted on: September 20, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 4:19 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The name "Dennis Talbott" should be painfully familiar to Ohio State fans. Talbott is a sports photographer who has long been linked to the Ohio State football program, and who allegedly provided Terrelle Pryor with large sums of money in exchange for autographs -- a hilariously blatant NCAA violation.

When Ohio State figured out the full extent of Talbott's alleged activity, it kicked him off campus and disassociated itself with him (though, ahem, it was aware of some shenanigans in 2007), and that was wise. What Ohio State did not do, however, was inform a certain neighbor to the north that Talbott might be looking for work... and that he might use a different name when applying for that work. And according to the Detroit Free-Press, lo and behold:

Columbus, Ohio, businessman and freelance photographer Dennis J. Talbott, best known for allegedly paying former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor between $20,000 and $40,000 for signed memorabilia, was credentialed as a sideline photographer for Michigan’s season opener Sept. 3 against Western Michigan at Michigan Stadium.

According to Michigan associate athletic director Dave Ablauf, the U-M athletic department was duped into credentialing Talbott and, though there is no known rule denying another school’s banned individual, Michigan would have never credentialed him had it known who he was, given that he applied under a name that was not widely known.

The images he photographed, which are posted on and at least one that appeared on are credited to the name Jay Talbott.

“We would have never allowed this person to have a credential, and we were deceived by an Ohio-based media outlet,” Ablauf said via e-mail. “This person and this media outlet will no longer be credentialed.”

Now, technically, none of this is in violation of any NCAA rules, so long as Talbott didn't break any during his time on campus in Ann Arbor. That all said, there's a greater than zero chance that he would engage in recidivism, so it's hard to blame Michigan for putting the kibosh on this immediately. Allegedly pay a star quarterback over $20,000 for autographs once, shame on you; allegedly do it twice...


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:23 am

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:35 am

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

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Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 8:01 pm

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

Now that's what I'm talkin bout!  Right on the money hail. 

If a San Diego State poster butts in right now, I'm stay classy San Diego State.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:41 pm

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

It all smell like trialer trash from the south. ALL OF IT Does!!!! ANother cheater trying to get his way into an elite program. has to lie about his name to get on the sidelines of the CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. Stay Classy OSU, STAY CLASSY.


Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:17 pm

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

Hey slkaos3, It was a "total" of $20,000 - $40,000 throughout his cheating career at Suckeye U, not each time.   

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:45 pm

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

Trust no one i repeat trust no one from Ohio

Do you mean don't trust people like Brady Hoke and the late Bo Schembechler?

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:06 pm

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

Riddle me this, how and why does this even involve Ohio State?  The Nuts banned the dude so he goes looking for work and some numbnutz at UM gives him a pass without checking his background.  Sounds to me like this is on Meechigan and not on the crushed Nutz

First, how did Talbott get the $20,000-$40,000 to pay for each 'autograph'?  I'm not a photographer, but I do know a few guys who are, and trust me, they don't make that sort of cash.  Talbott was getting the money from someone else - someone with deep pockets.

Second, you are blaming Michigan for not doing a background check on a guy who shows up with press credentials?  It was some Ohio based company who hired him and gave him the credentials (under a false name) and sent him to Ann Arbor. 

The only real question here is this: Did the Ohio based media outlet not do their homework before hiring this guy who gave them a false name, or did they know exactly who he was and sent him to the Michigan game intentionally?

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 4:17 pm

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

"Ohio State will be back" mean back to paying its players as it has done since the days of Woody Hayes?  The Foundation Club ring any bells?  Please stop masquerading as an instiution of higher learning when you have no admission standards aside from Ohio residency, and stop acting like a real athletic department when you cheat and pay your players.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:28 pm

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

My last comment was intended to be a reply to "lionstigerswings," but the "reply" function is apparently malfunctioning.  My apologies to anyone else whose writing I may have insulted.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:26 pm

Michigan bans Dennis Talbott from sidelines

Duuude: I think I agree with much of your sentiment, but your writing is so indecipherable that I'm not sure.  Put the words "online style manual" in a search engine and study it for awhile.  Better yet, take some remedial English classes in adult ed.  But please, please learn how to write if you are going to represent yourself as a Michigan fan.  Properly used caps, punctuation, and white space would be a great place to start.

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