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Buckeyes report secondary violations from Cirque de Seantrel soap opera

As much as you may want to, you just simply can’t get away from the tired and played-out soap opera known as Seantrel Henderson.

The latest news surrounding the massive offensive lineman involves Ohio State and their actions during the recruiting process of the former USC signee and current — we think — Miami Hurricane tackle.

By way of a public records request, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Ohio State has self-reported four secondary violations that occurred during the time Henderson was being pursued by the program.  More to the point, current and former Buckeyes were the root cause of the minor issues, as detailed by the Plain Dealer.

• Former Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, now with New Orleans Saints, encouraged Henderson to attend Ohio State when asked a question during Super Bowl media day. A video of the request appeared on a Web site. Former players can’t recruit for their old school.

• Current quarterback Terrelle Pryor sent a text message to Henderson telling him to attend Ohio State, as reported in a New York Times story. A Notre Dame player was reported to have done the same thing and Notre Dame filed a similar violation report. Current players can’t recruit for a school that way.

• In an online video, Henderson is seen talking to former OSU receiver Cris Carter during his official visit to Columbus. Again, former players can’t recruit. Another school turned in Ohio State for this incident after viewing the video.

• Henderson and several other recruits walked through the tunnel of fans that line the path from Ohio State’s pep rally at St. John Arena to Ohio Stadium. The recruits didn’t walk with the team, but around the same time, and that was determined to be a secondary violation.

The Buckeyes become the second school to be publicly fingered for committing secondary violations during the recruitment of Henderson; fellow Big Ten member Minnesota also reported several violations involving Henderson.

“When you have a kid that high-profile, the chances of those types of things popping up are much greater,” Chris Rogers, Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for compliance, told the paper. “It’s not like it’s something that’s limited to Ohio State. It happens all the time.”

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  1. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 27, 2010 10:19 AM

    So when does Miami come clean with all of their violations in recruiting this kid.
    I think they are very similiar to the violations OSU committed and they might even be able to add a few.

  2. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2010 10:34 AM

    The point of the story is that these are MINOR infractions that really can’t be controlled by the school admin or the athletic dept!
    The problem I have is if this was an SEC school Brownstown, Arizona Buckeye & others would be on here with their SEC rants–hopefully SEC bloggers won’t use this story to get down in the mud like they are!!!!
    Funny how eventually these stories rotate around from conference to conference.

  3. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2010 10:37 AM

    Why would Miami necessarily have any similiar violations? With that logic shouldn’t we also look for USC to be self reporting as well? Just asking since you are bringing this to everyones attention!

  4. Arizona Buckeye says: Jul 27, 2010 10:42 AM

    I heard Michigan will be coming clean with more violations in this saga since Seantrel ordered a pizza where the delivery guy was a UofM grad – and he bought some gum at a 7 – 11 where the clerk was also a UofM grad.
    On a serious note – really? Walking through a tunnel of fans is a violation? WTF – are they afraid of some illegal DNA contact? How the hell can that be a violation.

  5. The Dude says: Jul 27, 2010 10:49 AM

    As soon as Terry Porter picks up the flag.
    Funny how it is assumed that Miami has violated recruiting rules just because osu has. Guess that’s why LaTwan jumped ship out of Columbus for South Beach. And the kicker is Miami didn’t even really try to recruit him. I’m sure there are tons of violations somewhere over that one though LOL.

  6. BrownsTown says: Jul 27, 2010 11:07 AM

    blitz4848,
    Not true. I make fun of SEC schools for:
    - pansy OOC scheduling
    - recruiting (and OVERrecruiting) walking boxes of rocks
    - unearned arrogance
    I don’t reference secondary infractions since every school incurs them, and they are triggered from things like NFL players trying to sway high school kids to attend their alma mater.
    Take it back.

  7. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 27, 2010 11:10 AM

    The Dude,
    OSU fans could probably answer this better than myself but I dont believe they had a scholarship available for Latwan. After NSD they had one scholarship left and that was saved for Seantrel.
    Blitz,
    I am sure USC did have some secondary violations this year and if they come out it will be bigger news because its Kiffin.

  8. BrownsTown says: Jul 27, 2010 11:29 AM

    The Dude,
    SFTrojan is correct. Something happened where Tressel basically didn’t hold a spot for him. Not sure if it was academic qualification or attitude, but the courting ended.

  9. Donna says: Jul 27, 2010 11:42 AM

    The key word here is “self reported”. They won’t get harsh punishment if any at all because they have admitted the infractions and taking necessary steps to deal with it.
    Good luck Buckeyes!

  10. The Dude says: Jul 27, 2010 11:44 AM

    Thank you SoFlaTrojan and BrownsTown for the info. Glad they didn’t do like a lot of teams and keep an extra scholly or two available for instances like this. Their loss is Miami’s gain.

  11. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2010 12:09 PM

    @ Brownstown
    Of your list of 3 complaints about the SEC only 1 can be debated–the other 2 are YOUR personal opinions which are worth no more weight than anyone else’s….including mine….
    On OOC–here’s a list of the Big 10′s OOC games:
    Towson, Western Kentucky, Arkansas St, Akron,
    Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois, Fresno St, Missouri, Eastern Illinois, Iowa St, Ball St, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Bowling Green, Notre Dame, Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic,Northern Colorado, Middle Tennesse, South Dakota, USC, Vanderbilt, Illinois St, Central Michigan, Rice, Marshall, Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Miami U, Alabama, Youngstown St, Temple, Kent St, Western Illinois, Ball St, Toledo,
    UNLV, Austin Peay, San Jose St, Arizona St.
    Every Big 10 school plays 3 cripples & some play 1 toughie.
    SEC is the same–normally 3 cripples & a toughie.
    Almost all schools play the cripples at home and if they have a toughie it is a home & home series.
    Alabama plays Penn State
    Florida plays FSU
    Georgia plays Georgia Tech
    LSU plays West Virginia
    Tennessee plays Oregon
    My point is it’s all basically the same. The teams in the bottom of the Big 10 & SEC try NOT to play ANY toughies so they can use the cripples to become bowl eligible. The teams at the top of the conferences use the 3 cripples to fill their athletic funds with very profitable home games. They also can afford that one tough game to satisfy their alums and the TV contract people. It’s a business and the ADs run these as just that–because football pays almost all of the athletic dept expenses for every sport the schools field a team for.
    I get so tired of this OOC argument. Most SEC fans argue that the SEC is a tougher conference–whether it is or isn’t doesn’t matter. The finances are the driving force and economically it’s good business to do this. These schools also like that one tough home and home because it is a good recruiting tool>>example your Ohio St home & home with Miami. Florida’s is with FSU–you say they don’t leave the state–try playing in Doak Campbell they loathe the Gators. It is a great recruiting game for the Gators, in the panhandle of Florida.
    That OOC argument doesn’t fly for any conference against any other when you really drill down into each conferences overall schedules……

  12. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 27, 2010 12:57 PM

    Blitz,
    The problem with Florida is that they only reason play FSU because it’s a state law. Otherwise I am sure they would have dropped them the same way they dropped Miami. Florida won’t even leave the state to play an OOC game.
    I know you are going to reply about how they make so much money on home games. But this is the part I can’t stand about about college football. Everyone is so afraid of that one loss so we the fans miss out on good matchups.
    What did Urban Meyer say last year,” we would like to play the top teams in country in Gainesville”. The top teams in the country are always going to want a home and home. Florida has a great program but it would be nice if the had an anyone, anywhere, anytime kind of attitude but they don’t.
    I also think its a little lame that the National Champion has a team who is entering their first year in football on their schedule. But I give Bama credit for scheduling Penn State this year and VT last year.

  13. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 27, 2010 1:02 PM

    the Dude,
    Miami actually didnt have a football scholarship available either. They brought him in on track scholarship. He just has to be on a football scholarship once he plays in a game.

  14. 007 says: Jul 27, 2010 1:34 PM

    If A recruit is sitting in Tressells office in a meeting and all of a sudden his stomach starts churning from the fine Ohio cuisine – can he take a dump in the head coaches private bathroom or is that secondary violation?…just wondering

  15. BrownsTown says: Jul 27, 2010 3:07 PM

    blitz4848,
    I think it’s worthwhile to start focusing on quality over name value. Since the official polls aren’t published yet, here is an aggregate ranking from the SEC Channel going into this year.
    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6270202/23059380
    1. Alabama (Penn St)
    2. Ohio State
    3. Boise State
    4. Florida
    5. TCU
    6. Nebraska
    7. Oregon (Tennessee)
    8. Texas
    9. Oklahoma
    10. Virginia Tech
    11. (tie) USC (Minnesota)
    11. (tie) Iowa
    13. Wisconsin
    14. Miami (OSU)
    15. Florida State (Florida)
    16. Arkansas
    17. North Carolina (LSU)
    18. Pittsburgh
    19. LSU
    20. Georgia Tech (Georgia)
    21. Auburn
    22. Penn State (Bama)
    23. Georgia
    24. West Virginia (LSU)
    25. Oregon State
    SEC: six matchups vs. top 25
    Big Ten: three matchups vs. top 25
    However,
    SEC: one team in the top 13
    Big Ten: three teams in the top 13 (not counting Nebraska)
    That can only mean that the Big Ten is a better conference and beats each other up during conference play. Therefore, they don’t have to play a good OOC schedule.
    And don’t look into the future, because it’s even more unfavorable for the SEC…
    http://www.philsteele.com/ncaaschedules/FutureSchedules/secconf.html
    http://www.philsteele.com/ncaaschedules/FutureSchedules/big10conf.html
    Interesting tidbit…. Penn St is the first team to play three (OSU, Iowa, Bama) teams that not only played in a BCS bowl game the year before, but also play three teams that won said game. Since the SEC is always sending two teams to the BCS, I would have thought that record would have set by now.

  16. Arizona Buckeye says: Jul 27, 2010 4:05 PM

    Enough of this ridiculous chatter about the OOC schedules. Everybody puts cupcakes on their schedule because it serves a purpose. It is a real time live scrimmage that benefits the favored team and it gets the underdog large exposure and a fat paycheck. Once in a while, the underdog pulls of an upset and shakes things up in the polls. There are teams that do step up to the plate and schedule big time schools during the OOC and that rocks. However, sitting here judging what teams schedule the weakest cupcakes is just a huge waste of time.

  17. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2010 5:06 PM

    Sort of what Arizona Buckeye said–
    U can skew #s any way U want–like U did. I could take your same info and say:
    SEC has 2 (not 1) in the top 5
    SEC has 6 in top 25 vs 3 for Big 1o
    That can only mean that the SEC is a better conference and beats each other up during conference play. Therefore, they don’t have to play a good OOC schedule.
    Saying anything about teams that were in BCS bowls or won or lost LAST YR is meaningless as really good teams usually graduate or early out a good chunk of their key players.
    It is what it is & unfortunately economics dictates getting all these cupcake games…..OSU does the same as most others so it is time to let it die………..

  18. 007 says: Jul 27, 2010 6:49 PM

    @BrownsTown
    Please tell me how you “earn” arrogance.
    I’m really curious under what conditions you find it OK to be arrogant.

  19. Arizona Buckeye says: Jul 27, 2010 8:04 PM

    blitz – see, we can get along!!!
    This OOC argument drives me bananas – it happens at every Div I school every single year! I do laugh when the ‘my cupcakes’ are tougher than ‘your cupcakes’ debate starts raging. Sort pointless like arguing who is more out of shape – Mangino or Friedgen

  20. blitz4848 says: Jul 28, 2010 9:05 AM

    Who knows…..maybe BrownsTown will see the light as well…….

  21. Arizona Buckeye says: Jul 28, 2010 9:52 PM

    HA – I’m not even remotely going for that long shot

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