EXCLUSIVE: Ohio State football players Jordan Hall, Travis Howard and Corey Brown remain suspended after the school recently reported to the NCAA that the three received $200 each - from envelopes - at a Cleveland charity event last February.
(Smith in ‘08: Non-compliant at same event Buckeyes were paid in 2011)
As part of its report to the NCAA, Ohio State Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Doug Archie noted:
All of the current student-athletes Incorrectly believed that their participation in the event had been approved by the OSU compliance office, The OSU compliance office did not approve participation in the [redacted] 2011 event, but did approve the same event on [redacted] 2007 and [redacted], 2011. Please note that there was nothing impermissible about the event because It meets the provisions of NCAA Bylaw 12.5.1, but the student-athletes did not obtain prior approval from the institution to attend the event as Is required under the NCAA legislation.
Rusty Miller of the ASSOCIATED PRESS reported today that the NCAA has since responded to Ohio State’s self-reported violations by submitting questions to the school about the charity event in question - and that OSU has since “responded with some answers.”
(Then-current Buckeye Terrelle Pryor @ 2011 event where players paid)
As Ohio State noted in its report, the current football players obtained clearance from OSU compliance for the 2007 and 2010 annual charity event, but not for the same event that was held in 2008.
(Browning, Wilson (track suit), Rose, Gibson, Lane Broke NCAA Rules in 2008)
Though from photos from the latter charity gathering, then-current Ohio State football players Beanie Wells, Lawrence Wilson, Shaun Lane, Bryant Browning, Thaddeus Gibson, Branden Smith, Nate Oliver and Jermale Hines and current Ohio State player Daniel “Boom” Herron can be seen in attendance at the same Cleveland fundraiser - in 2008 - in which current Buckeyes Hall, Brown and Howard were given cash in 2011.
(Feb. 2008: Note Ohio State 2008 BCS Title Game Track Suit On Right)
As noted by OSU Compliance Director Archie, the then-current Ohio State football players were required in 2008 to “obtain prior approval from the institution” in order “to attend the event as Is required under the NCAA legislation.”