Gene Smith: No More Major NCAA Violations At Ohio State


UPDATED: Thursday May 24, 2012 11:31 AM

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith issued a statement on Thursday morning, saying that the department is not facing any major NCAA violations despite several more pending secondary violations.

Smith's statement came in response to a report in The Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper, which quoted him saying the university has 12 pending violations that might or might not be major.

The violations were separate from the 46 secondary violations that the university reported occurred across 21 sports since May 31, 2011. The violations were first made public last week.

"These are similar to those released last week," Smith said in a statement. "These are secondary in nature and consistent with our culture of self-reporting even the most minor and inadvertent violations."

Smith emphasized that there were no additional major violations in football. The Ohio State football team is not eligible to play in the Big Ten championship game in 2012 and a postseason bowl game.

The football team also faces scholarship reductions the next three years from major NCAA violations that were committed by former coach Jim Tressel and several players.

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