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NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:49 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Ohio State may not be at full strength in terms of getting players back on the field, but it's getting there. The NCAA has officially reinstated RB Jordan Hall, CB Travis Howard and S Corey Brown as of today, ending the three Buckeyes' two-week suspension for accepting money from a booster at a recent fundraiser. 

According to the NCAA, whose full statement on the reinstatement is linked here, the three players will be forced to repay the money they received from the booster, with the money going to an undisclosed charity.

The reinstatement means that the players have finally gotten their stories straight about where the money came from, which was not the case last week when two different people (a former player and a booster) were named as sources for the money in Ohio State documents. That clearly didn't sit well with the NCAA, and the suspensions continued through the Toledo game.

Nonetheless, Ohio State didn't have any public gripe about the length of the investigation and suspensions. “The university appreciates the NCAA’s expeditious response in reinstating these three student athletes,” said Gene Smith, Ohio State Director of Athletics. 

The NCAA's statement ends on this well-known, but still ominous note (emphasis ours):

Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete’s involvement are determined. This is typically well in advance of infractions decisions. The enforcement investigation into the Ohio State University is ongoing.

In other words, this situation isn't fully resolved in the NCAA's eyes, but at the very least the three players involved can get back on the field.

One must wonder when the boosters in Columbus are going to stop providing benefits to players. It may be a noble gesture and the rules may be illegitimate in the boosters' eyes, but they are still the rules, and the more those rules are broken the worse off Ohio State is going to be. It seems very counterintuitive that a "booster" would take such destructive action, then, but such is the world we live in.

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Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 6:50 pm

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

first of all college football players are not thugz ,not all of them are saint either but really who is. the fact you thinks its ok shows your ignorance.  these are kids we are talking about trying to make something of themselves,they have no money but everyone is trying to throw it at them alot of people cant handle that type of pressure.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:13 pm

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

Your a MORON!!!!!!!!!!! 

Anyone else see the irony in this post?

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:08 pm

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

Really Henne Td you have the nerve to comment coming from a school that had the FAB FIVE and you are gonna call these guys thugs?  You are a joke and so is HENNE and so is Denard i just throw it straigh up in the air and hope someone on my team catches it ROBINSON!

This goes out to everyone if you think that your school doesnt have players that take the hundred dollar hand shakes from boosters then i have so oceanfront property in arizona to sell you.  The boosters are the ones to blame and i wish they would come up with something to deter the boosters.

Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:38 pm

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

HEY HENNE are such a loser!! what an idiotic comment!! thanks though because now everyone can see that meatckicken fans are not to bright!! henne td's???---not many against ohio state during his career..he never beat them did he???

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:05 am

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

Your a MORON!!!!!!!!!!! 

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:25 am

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

The point of donating money is not to be part of the program (or shouldn't be).  A donation should be just that.  Here's your money, I'm glad to help (and get a tax break) and now I will leave you alone.  Thank you.

Booster donations at most (all?) schools are not tax exempt.  Just an fyi.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:06 am

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

Every team has "thugs"...everyone makes this out to be like they robbed a bank...or sold drugs...this is getting old...I would rather talk football...The kids are going to pay for what they well as the instittutions...I only care about the game...lets move on already

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:18 am

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

Agree with the wrist slapping comment.  Just in time for the "thugs vs. thugs" classic showdown on Espn Saturday night between the Franklin County Bandits & the Dade County Thuglife Hurricanes.

Let the greatest loser be the winner !Sealed

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:06 pm

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

There are punishments leveled at the financial plateaus of the gifts received.  Most of the Canes kids were meals and a cover charge to a club, totaling less than 200 dollars.

Only Oliver and RayRay received more, which is why Oliver got 6 game(s) suspension and RayRay got 4.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:38 pm

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

And the wrist slapping continues!

Caution to all schools not in the Big 10 or SEC: you will not reap the same benefits!  Your conference doesn't matter to the NCAA!  There is no recruiting advantage to free tatoos or great deals on used cars in Columbus, so there is nothing to see here!  There are absolutely no boosters in the Big 10 or SEC that have influence over student athletes!

Watch out Boise, Ga. Tech, Miami and UNC!  You are all getting hammered: your punishment will serve as a deterent for the Big 10 and SEC.

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