April 17, 2014

Ohio State QB Braxton Miller Gets His Name Brought Into the Charity Event Scandal

When the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Miami Hurricanes in Miami this Saturday, they will be relieved to have Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, and Corey Brown back on the team.

Having served their two game suspension for taking improper benefits at a charity event in February, the players have been cleared by the NCAA to return this week. This is great news for a Buckeye team that played a somewhat lifeless game against Toledo last week. Jordan Hall, arguably the best offensive player on the team and definitely the team’s biggest playmaking threat, will be a sure boost to an offense that struggled to put Toledo away. Travis Howard is perhaps the team’s best defensive back (no disrespect to Dominic Clarke who has been excellent so far this year).

But is it possible that those 3 players aren’t the only ones who are returning from discipline for this charity event? If you believe Brooks Melchior, founding editor of the popular Sports by Brooks blog, then it’s possible. [Read more...]

Ohio State Buckeyes to Serve 5 Game Suspension Next Season. Eligible for Sugar Bowl

Mike Adams, Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, Dan Herron & Solomon Thomas will sit out 1st 5 games of 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and apparel. The group will be eligible for the Sugar Bowl. This ruling could drastically change the thought process of underclassmen Adams, Posey, Pryor and Herron in regards to entering the NFL draft after this season.

The players must repay the money they received for the items, including “Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants.”

The Columbus Dispatch ran these details today-

Ohio State is investigating whether several of its football players traded signed memorabilia for tattoos and perhaps other favors from the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor, actions that could put their eligibility for the Jan.4 Sugar Bowl and beyond in jeopardy, The Dispatch has learned.

An athletic department spokesman said yesterday that no players had been suspended for the bowl and would not acknowledge that an investigation was taking place, citing privacy issues. Athletic director Gene Smith has not responded to multiple attempts for comment but has scheduled a news conference at noon today.

But quarterback Terrelle Pryor commented on Twitter last night, apparently after seeing his name on some websites as one of those being investigated.

“I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks,” Pryor tweeted.

Sources said the investigation is ongoing and might not be concluded by the bowl.

A press conference has been scheduled for noon today.