Officials at Ohio State announced that they will self-impose a reduction of five scholarships over a three-year period starting in 2012 after receiving a supplemental Notice of
Allegations from the NCAA.
The most recent Notice of Allegations claimed that Robert DiGeronimo, a former booster, arranged for five student-athletes to be overpaid by a total of $1,605. The athletes were employed by businesses owned and operated by the DiGeronimo family.
The Notice also claimed the University did not take sufficient action to monitor DiGeronimo.
Athletic Director Gene Smith said his staff had been working cooperatively with the NCAA throughout the investigation.
“Throughout the entire process since we discovered possible infractions, the athletics department has consistently worked with the NCAA to investigate any allegation, take responsibility, self-report its findings to the NCAA in a transparent manner, and take necessary remediation steps. That is what we have done on this last open issue, and we accept that we should have done more to oversee Mr. DiGeronimo’s activities," Smith said in a statement.
In 2010, word came about several Ohio State players' involvement in deals involving exchanging some of their memorabilia for tattoos.
Since then, suspensions were handed down, Coach Jim Tressel resigned, the NCAA came to town and starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor left the program.
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