Ohio State Probing Possible NCAA Violations By Football Players


UPDATED: Tuesday March 15, 2011 11:21 AM

Ohio State is investigating possible NCAA violations in which several Buckeye football players provided their autographs in exchange for tattoos, multiple sources told 10TV News on Wednesday.

Word of the investigation came less than two weeks before Ohio State squares off against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.

Some form of punishment was "probable," sources said on Wednesday, but they added that they could not verify what the punishment might be, or who specifically would be punished, 10TV's Dan Fronczak reported.

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Exchanging autographs for tattoos would fall under an NCAA violation of improper benefits.

While 10TV's sources said that players involved in the alleged infractions could sit out the Buckeyes' Jan. 4 game against Arkansas, they did not rule out the possibility that punishment instead be enforced at the beginning of the 2011 season, Fronczak reported.

Ohio State did not return 10TV's requests for comment about a possible investigation.

Terrelle Pryor responded to reports about the investigation in a message posted to his Twitter on Wednesday night.

"I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks," the post read.

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