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NCAA reinstates suspended Ohio State trio

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Exactly one week after a false start initiated by the school, three suspended Ohio State players are back in the good graces of the NCAA.

In a release, OSU announced that junior running back Jordan Hall, sophomore defensive back Corey Brown, and junior defensive back Travis Howard have been reinstated after serving a two-game suspension.  The sanctions resulted from the players receiving envelopes with $200 in cash at a charity event in Cleveland last February.

Each player will have to repay $200 to charity before they are eligible to compete.

“The university appreciates the NCAA’s expeditious response in reinstating these three student athletes,” said athletic director Gene Smith in a statement.

Head coach Luke Fickell announced last Tuesday that the three players — two of whom were starters entering the season — had been reinstated and would be available for Week 2 after sitting out the opener.  Three days later, however, the NCAA announced that the players “are not cleared to compete in the game on Saturday with Toledo” and that “the nature and scope of their violations merit a minimum two-game suspension.”

The NCAA added that “the facts submitted by the university have raised further questions that need to be answered before the reinstatement process is complete”; apparently, those questions were answered to the NCAA’s satisfaction.

It should also be noted, though, that the release from OSU stated “[t]he enforcement investigation into the Ohio State University is ongoing.”  That investigation is separate from the one that resulted in the school’s appearance in front of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions last month.

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15 Responses to “NCAA reinstates suspended Ohio State trio”
  1. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 13, 2011 6:19 PM

    Just in time to smear Phil Knight’s FECAL MATTER on themselves!!! Someone has to stop NIKE from destroying college football. MSU doesn’t even have gold in their uniforms, they look like Notre Dame.

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 13, 2011 6:22 PM

    NIKE pro combat uniforms

  3. overratedgators says: Sep 13, 2011 6:35 PM

    When OSU responded to the NCAA about Tattoogate, they conceded that they were repeat offenders, so any further infractions should be punished more severely. Wonder what that means for the “ongoing investigation” referenced by the NCAA today.

  4. mdnittlion says: Sep 13, 2011 7:29 PM

    Finally so now all those Buckeye fans can quit talking about how their school is getting singled out, which is funny cause last time I checked Troy Smith still has his Heisman trophy.

  5. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 13, 2011 7:52 PM


    I guess if we really wanted to, we could draw one’s attention to the discrepancy b/t the Miami players only being sat one game to our two for essentially the exact same infraction.

    But, I guess that’s just too conspiracy theory for everyone, so I wont mention it.

  6. neyvit says: Sep 13, 2011 7:56 PM

    What does Troy Smith’s Heisman have to do with anything?

  7. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 13, 2011 8:04 PM

    Oh, and Troy still has his Heisman because HE DIDNT TAKE MONEY FROM AN AGENT.

    But hey, the devil is in the details.

  8. thefoodrapist says: Sep 13, 2011 8:37 PM

    Just ignore the troll “mdnitlion”, it’s likely he has yet to get over this play:

    What a backbreaker.

    Pick Six University is going down to TOSU this season….again!

  9. mdnittlion says: Sep 13, 2011 8:40 PM

    @ angelheartsbuckeyes

    You know what else he didn’t do go to class, guess you might have wanted to look that up before you open your mouth. He was suspended more than once for blowing off class. But hey he never took money from agents and Santonio Holmes wasn’t a drug dealer. Ya everybody singles you guys out, for no reason.

  10. mdnittlion says: Sep 13, 2011 8:42 PM

    @ thefoodrapist

    Who knows maybe the game will count this year, enjoy your record against the SEC?

  11. olskool711 says: Sep 13, 2011 10:03 PM

    Ohio College Athletic Director Gene Smith:

    “The university appreciates the NCAA’s expeditious response in reinstating these three student athletes,”

    College football also appreciates the NCAA’s prolonged dragging of their feet, for weeks, keeping the three Dutch transfer students off the field for Boise State. At least when you are corrupt you don’t try to hide it boys.

    Did they sleep on somebody’s floor too?
    What have they done? If so, hit Boise with the death penalty. Total lack of institutional control.

    Cam Newton, one day decision. Ohio State tatted up Sugar Bowl participants, 1-2 day decision. These three, how long? It must be nice to be connected with Gee and the sec fatcats.

    How many weeks has it been on those three young Boise men?

    Do you have any credibility NCAA? Any at all?

  12. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 13, 2011 10:36 PM


    umm, Troy was suspended ONCE for the booster situation. Not sure where you are ‘looking up’ your facts (unless you have authored a Buckeye Hater Almanac) regarding tOSU athletes who miss class. Regarding Santonio, again, you are compeltely off base. Yes he did indulge in some 420 rituals, but it is quite a stretch to parlay that into the act of selling drugs.

    You are a lesson in ridiculous. First, you imply that because Troy Smith still has his Heisman (unlike Bush), Buckeye Nation can rest easy that we are not being unfairly targeted. The basis for this comparison has to be NCAA infractions. When confronted by the absolute lameness of said comparison, you counter with Smith missed class and Holmes sold drugs — both of which have ZERO to do with the NCAA.

    Careful little kitty, your hate is showing.

  13. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 13, 2011 10:41 PM

    How did I miss the SEC comment….

    Is PSU really in a position to talk about getting beat by the SEC????

    You must be too busy removing elephant hooves from your backsides to compare our recent histories.

  14. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 14, 2011 10:03 AM

    Mdnittlion is the biggest hater. I didn’t know Santonio was a dealer. Where did you get that info from? Troy Smith made mistakes as a freshman, he served his suspension, learned from it, grew up. Went on to beat Penn State and make JoePa poop his pants in the shoe!

  15. dkhhuey says: Sep 14, 2011 10:45 AM

    @paulbrown – now that is hysterical!!! Poor Joe Pa – can never seem to beat OSU.

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