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Ohio State not out of the woods

Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 4:11 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Despite a swift, four-hour NCAA infractions committee hearing Friday, Ohio State's celebrated, infamous case is not over.

Documents released Friday show that the school was sent an amended notice of allegations by the NCAA in July and warned that it could form "the partial basis" for a charge of lack of institutional control or failure to monitor. That could lead to enhanced penalties if further wrongdoing is found.

The original NCAA notice of allegations did not include such findings. However, the letter seems to suggest that the investigation remains open. The letter from Stephanie Hannah, an NCAA director of enforcement, to an NCAA liaision states the amended notice has to do with the "first allegation."

Allegation No. 1 in the case summary has to do with the Ohio State players trading memorabilia for tattoos from Columbus, Ohio tattoo parlor owner Eddie Rife. The NCAA could be looking into a report that former quarterback Terrelle Pryor made as much as $40,000 during his time in school autographing items. A different report by Sports Illustrated also said the gear-for-tats scandal was much wider than original thought. 

Ohio State AD Gene Smith said, "evidence at this time does not warrant additional allegations ..." The key phrase being "at this time". The biggest news of Friday is that the investigation is not over. The NCAA letter confirms two reports earlier this week that the NCAA was still looking into Ohio State wrongdoing.

A source familiar with the process explained it this way: The parties agreed to deal with what was on the table to this point and went through with Friday's hearing. Usually, that is the final step before penalties are applied approximately eight weeks later. However, there is still a chance Ohio State could be called before the committee for a second hearing.

The school already has self-imposed a vacation of the 2010 season and applied a two-year probation. During a brief statement Friday Smith said the school would forfeit its bowl share from the Sugar Bowl, $338,000. Adding the $800,000 that Smith said the school had spent on the investigation to this point, the case has cost Ohio State more than $1 million.

Jim Tressel and his attorney Gene Marsh had no comment as they left the conference room.  



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Category: NCAAF
Tags: NCAA, Ohio State
 
Comments

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Ohio State not out of the woods

Born in Columbus and hope the osu gets totally nailed!



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Ohio State not out of the woods

Like when Doran Grant was added to the list of players involved? You think that might possibly be the addition? I'm sure that doesn't fit with the hate-OSU line of thinking, but odds are pretty good that this additional player is the only thing added in relation to Allegation #1. Anything with Pryor taking money for signing stuff or the car stuff etc. would be NEW allegations, not related to Allegation 1.
Yes, but it was Dorain Bell, not the incoming freshman DB Grant.  FWIW, Bell's is suspended for the year and is now transferring...



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Ohio State not out of the woods

Correction.... Dorian Bell not Grant....



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Ohio State not out of the woods

Only 3 1/2 hours because OSU was working with the NCAA all along...
The document you reference was sent July 13th, that's not new... It also only says the investigation is open still..



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Ohio State not out of the woods

Allegation No. 1 in the case summary has to do with the Ohio State players trading memorabilia for tattoos from Columbus, Ohio tattoo parlor owner Eddie Rife.


Like when Doran Grant was added to the list of players involved? You think that might possibly be the addition? I'm sure that doesn't fit with the hate-OSU line of thinking, but odds are pretty good that this additional player is the only thing added in relation to Allegation #1. Anything with Pryor taking money for signing stuff or the car stuff etc. would be NEW allegations, not related to Allegation 1.


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