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 iconsportsmedia.com and at least one that appeared on SI.com 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...