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Trio of Buckeyes suspended; AD Smith fumbles another press conference

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Just a few hours ago, the eligibility status of Ohio State running back Boom Herron and receiver DeVier Posey was in question yet again following an additional NCAA probe into jobs the two athletes held at Independence Excavating.

Following a press conference by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, consider all doubt — and all hope — removed.

Herron, Posey and offensive lineman Marcus Hall have all been suspended for next week’s game at Nebraska for accepting wages in excess of hours worked at their summer jobs. Herron and Posey were already on the tail end of a five-game suspension for receiving impermissible benefits; Hall will be missing his first game.

According to Ohio State’s release on the violations, Herron was paid for 19.5 hours he did not work; Posey was paid for 48.5 hours he did not work; Hall was paid for 15.5 hours he did not work. The release goes on to state that the players failed to report the jobs to Ohio State compliance.

Bobby DiGeronimo, the booster whose company provided the jobs to the players, has been disassociated from OSU, joining reported bag man Terrelle Pryor.

And, yes, that does mean what you think: Herron and Posey received improper compensation — which was discovered because of an NCAA investigation into other Ohio State players who received cash from the hands of another player (Pryor, reportedly) who received impermissible benefits — while suspended for receiving improper benefits.

But the violations aren’t even the worst part. They’re not even in the same ballpark as Smith’s complete nonchalance in congruence with what really is a lack of urgency and awareness by Ohio State’s compliance department.

“These are failures of individuals, not a systemic failure of compliance,” Smith said. “It’s not 30 (players).”

Buckeyes, meet the underside of Mr. Smith’s Greyhound bus. There you’ll be reunited with your former coach, Jim Tressel

A booster’s company provides more wages than hours worked to multiple players while the booster himself gives straight cash to three more athletes — all within a year or so of the tattoo scandal?

Sounds systematic to me, and the number 30 has nothing to do with it.

Ohio State’s compliance spidey senses needed to be on high alert even though the NCAA essentially agreed with their assessment that Tressel was the one to blame for the tattoogate scandal. They weren’t, and now Smith finds himself in front of the microphones again trying to explain the situation.

The most amazing and yet somehow predictable part of it all was that Smith didn’t even seem to care. At this point, he may not. Smith has blamed Tressel, and now he’s blamed the players.

Gene Smith is running out of scapegoats.

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38 Responses to “Trio of Buckeyes suspended; AD Smith fumbles another press conference”
  1. jesse1834 says: Oct 3, 2011 5:47 PM

    Time for Smith to go. Too much garbage has happened under his watch.

  2. thefoodrapist says: Oct 3, 2011 5:56 PM

    If Gene Smith were not black, if he was white — he would have been fired a LONG TIME AGO!

    I hate to say this, but it’s so true.
    Look at his ineptitude, from handling this situation, to putting Tressel under the bus, to his amateuristic press conferences, heck, to the NCAA basketball selection — and putting Ohio State in the toughest bracket — what kind of “reward” was that for the #1 team coming in.
    Gene Smith is on borrowed time.
    Le$ Wexner, the ultra-lib Board of Trustee is the main reason he is still the A.D. at OSU, Wexner and Smith are a horrible combination. At least getting rid of Smith would be a start.

  3. cometkazie says: Oct 3, 2011 6:07 PM

    I guess the buck stops either below him or above him. There is always an excuse.

    Seems to me he is a poor excuse for an AD. It’s his department.

  4. bigd88 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:16 PM

    Don’t worry guys, after diligent investigation by Ohio State compliance, the tattoo scandal was an “isolated incident.”

  5. tsimpson50 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:17 PM

    And this man still has a job… Wow! Maybe he and Mike Locksley could hook up somewhere…

  6. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Oct 3, 2011 6:32 PM

    Gene Smith is an idiot and has mishandled each and every part of this nightmare. He should be fired, Immediately. Ben, we agree to this much.

    I do however disagree with the sentiment that this is somehow LOIC. These kids were working summer jobs in Cleveland. If they don’t report having the jobs, how is compliance supposed to know they are working?

    I personally think Posey and Herron should be booted from the team. I read somewhere there were some accounting issues the business is claiming, blah, blah, blah. I really don’t care right now. I find it hard to believe (especially in Posey’s case) that these d-bags didnt know they were being overpaid (Hall and Herron, $272.50, Posey $727.50). Could it have been an honest mistake? Maaaaaaaayyyyyyyybeeeeeee. But I highly doubt it. It might not be strip clubs and abortions or free suits every week for years, but my support these guys has extended well beyond its expiration date.

  7. halo81 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:06 PM

    Can we get a “Time without a Buckeye Suspension” clock on CFT?

  8. seanb20124 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:37 PM

    Race has nothing to do with him keeping his job, and u am offended that it was even mentioned by an earlier poster.

  9. cosanostra71 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:44 PM

    As a USC fan, this situation is somewhat frustrating for me. Obviously what happened at Ohio State is different, but it still seems to me like they are getting away pretty easy for what appears to involve a lot more players than were implicated at USC. But the NCAA is not making a whole lot of sense on a bunch of fronts recently, so can’t say this is surprising.

  10. buckifan4life says: Oct 3, 2011 8:09 PM

    Gene Smith has to go. This all happening under his watch. Why does HE get to keep HIS job?

    This is a nightmare for any fan to go through, but they need to get it right.

  11. effjohntaylornorelation says: Oct 3, 2011 8:20 PM

    When Tressel left I told My wife Gene Smith shared equal blame. Here we are some months later and Smith is still splashing egg on the face of the university. Fire Gene Smith! So tired of being embarrassed by being a Buckeye! Archie Griffin was in the know when he turned to the AD position that went to Smith.

  12. lakesidegator says: Oct 3, 2011 8:20 PM

    Sorry guys. If it ain’t SEC, it doesn’t matter.
    Read on elsewhere.

  13. olskool711 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:55 PM

    G. Gordon Gee
    Gene Smith
    Jim Delaney
    Barry Soetoro
    Nancy Pelosi
    The NCAA
    The BCS

    Thomas Jefferson was right. We do end up with the leadership, the government we deserve.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Oct 3, 2011 9:06 PM

    The entire administration at theOS has to GO before this garbage stops. Tressel’s lying was bad enough but the AD and Uni President are just as crooked. The state of Ohio also needs to fire the board of regents or whoever is supposed to be in charge and start over.

  15. bmmayhew says: Oct 3, 2011 10:00 PM

    this situation is a microcosm of our greater society: the media is covering up the failings of African Americans in positions of responsibility (right, Barry Soetoro?).

  16. glestonsimmons says: Oct 3, 2011 10:34 PM

    Wait, where is THE “E. Gordon Gee” in all this?
    The guy who doesn’t play “little sisters of the poor,” just cheats them! So glad THE ohio state university didn’t suffer THE shutout in Columbus last Saturday.
    What a ridiculous bunch of goons.

  17. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Oct 3, 2011 11:35 PM

    The ineptitude of Gene Smith makes the Penn State offense look like a juggernaut.

    I said way back when the “5” were allowed to play, provided they serve suspensions this year that there was no way all 5 would be back. They made a pledge, but TP went and did his thing. And apparently a couple of the others did not learn from their mistakes and continued with their sense of entitlement.

    To be honest I feel for you Buckeye fans at this point. But I’ve got enough sport to worry about in my own backyard, PSU couldn’t drive on a pee wee team, and the Steelers are looking pretty awful.

  18. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 3, 2011 11:37 PM

    Les Wexner is the major problem, Smith is guilty as well, but Wexner is the one with all of the money, and the root of the problems. Wexner has been shelling out money for a while now, he probably pays Gene Smith.

  19. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 3, 2011 11:48 PM

    Oh yeah, Bring in Urban Meyer? I’m sure he’ll get this mess all cleaned up.

  20. carolinajimbo says: Oct 4, 2011 1:34 AM

    Smith knows the clock is about to run out on him.

  21. 10kmp says: Oct 4, 2011 7:47 AM

    Time to clean house. The A.D., the compliance people, the coaching staff. Absolutely arrogant beyond description for Smith, the compliance department and these players to continually make the same blunders over and over again. In addition to NCAA “issues” what is transpiring on the football field is equally disgusting. Fickell, you are gone. You have zero chance of a long term contract due to an offense that can only be described as anemic, and your complete and total lack of involvement in the offensive side of YOUR football team. You’re the HEAD COACH, not just the linebackers coach/Co D-Coordinator anymore. We know you have “nothing to do with that side of the ball”, and very soon you’re going to have nothing to do with either side of the ball at Ohio State.

  22. CBFAN says: Oct 4, 2011 8:20 AM

    Too much pay for too little work? Come on NCAA! These young men are just preparing for a career in government and politics.

  23. silverdeer says: Oct 4, 2011 8:26 AM

    With all of this still coming out, it does have to make you wonder why Smith still has a job. Personally, I think that he has something on Gee, or he would have been out a long time ago. Now we all know that Gee is safe, as Tressell was the only one that could fire him and he is no longer there.

  24. oldblueypsi says: Oct 4, 2011 9:36 AM

    Come on now. You can’t blame Gene “Mushroom” Smith. He was “educated” at Notre Dumb. The Greyhound Driver, Bowtie Bozo, realized that by treating Smith like a gullible mushroom, he could be a valuable tool in Bozo’s control arsenal (disposable at will). Now, as the bus warms up, Smith is preparing to join Tressel beneath the wheels.

    Bowtie Bozo destroyed the Athletic Department at Vanderbilt during his reign of terror there. With a “university-wide compliance department” being created at The Olentangy Stench U, are we about to witness “deja vu all over again”?

  25. hooptie says: Oct 4, 2011 10:38 AM

    Disappointed, ashamed, embarrassed, angry, speechless….that’s how I describe my feelings being an OSU alumn. How are these guys still on this team?

    I watched the press conference yesterday, it was horrible. Smith fumbled the entire time, him being up there alone tells me a lot.

    The NCAA was going to slap us….now I think they are going to hammer us.

    A least basketball starts in a month.

  26. dkhhuey says: Oct 4, 2011 11:13 AM

    Can somebody please dump all of this on Jim Bollman so we can get his pathetic a$$ fired! I’m not sure what causes me the most pain right now – hearing a constant stream of issues with our idiotic players or watching him slaughter our offense and chances to win any games. Normally I would be totally stoked about this Saturday’s game against Nebraska and upcoming game against Wisky – now, I am trying to decide what form of liquor will wash the bad taste out of my mouth as well as the image of the game from my mind!

  27. mdnittlion says: Oct 4, 2011 11:59 AM

    I find it funny anyone would bring up race, just because Smith is Black.

    1. SMU death penalty White AD
    2. The U in 1980’s, 90’s and last several yrs White AD’s
    3. Tennesse football & basketball programs White AD
    4. USC Reggie Bush scandal White AD
    5. Notre Dame & Michigan programs being destoryed by Weiss & Rich Rod White AD’s

    So how is race a factor when the vast majority of AD’s are white and there are plenty of bad football programs with white AD’s? And yes I know he’s ultimately responsibly for this mess, but true equality isn’t when the best African American is running the show, it’s when a black AD can be just as bad at his job as his white counterparts. Do I really need to list the names of bad football schools and the White AD’s in charge?

  28. hockeyfan1701 says: Oct 4, 2011 1:58 PM

    “seanb20124 says:
    Oct 3, 2011 7:37 PM
    Race has nothing to do with him keeping his job, and u am offended that it was even mentioned by an earlier poster.”

    Ring Ring Ring, the real world calling… offended all you want, the truth can sometimes offend people.

  29. stairwayto7 says: Oct 4, 2011 2:24 PM

    Gene Smith at ASU when point shaving going on.
    Gene Smith at OSU when thois happens..

  30. bigdinla says: Oct 4, 2011 4:29 PM

    mdnittlion says:
    Oct 4, 2011 11:59 AM
    I find it funny anyone would bring up race, just because Smith is Black.

    1. SMU death penalty White AD
    2. The U in 1980′s, 90′s and last several yrs White AD’s
    3. Tennesse football & basketball programs White AD
    4. USC Reggie Bush scandal White AD
    5. Notre Dame & Michigan programs being destoryed by Weiss & Rich Rod White AD’s

    News flash genius all of those guys were fired!

    The guy was not saying Black ADs suck or are bad; he is saying Gene Smith has not been fired due to race.

  31. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 4, 2011 5:52 PM

    I didn’t know he was at ASU when the point shaving was going on, wow. My only question would be, how the hell did Ohio State hire him knowing that? Bring back Earl Bruce! I’d settle for Cooper, as long as Tressel called the plays for the Michigan game.

    What the hell happened to Ohio State? this sucks.

  32. oldblueypsi says: Oct 4, 2011 6:21 PM

    Could it be that Bowtie Bozo is just waiting for Mushroom to update his resume and for Mrs. Mushroom to find another position before he puts the bus in gear? (Yup, she also has a high paying position at Olentangy Stench.)

    Find it hard to believe that BB would show this kind of mercy, since he operates primarily as a mercenary for the big bucks operatives on the Board in Control of Payola and related benefits.

  33. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:34 AM

    The only way OSU is going to get back on track is for the following to happen:
    1)Smith needs to go.
    2)Any player involved with tatoogate and proceeded to break the rules again should be dismissed from the team.
    3)Any player who broke rules after tatoogate should be suspended for the season.
    4)Bollman and Fickell need to be replaced.

  34. dkhhuey says: Oct 5, 2011 4:28 PM

    @brutus – Bollman needs to go right now! Fickell can stay until the end of the year. Firing him would really destabilize the team even further not to mention hurt recruiting. I am assuming that there are, or have been, some behind the scenes discussions going on with Urban Meyer – so, as soon as the season ends – make the announcement that Fickell has done an admiral job given the plate of s@#$ he was handled but Urban is the path to go. If Urban is not an option – then who knows what is going to happen.

  35. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 7, 2011 12:37 AM

    Urban Meyer won’t help our compliance issues. I’d rather have Carl Pelini than Meyer.

  36. dkhhuey says: Oct 7, 2011 10:33 AM

    @paul – according to Gene and G. Gordon Geek, we don’t have any compliance issues – problem solved! Bring on Urban!!!

  37. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 8, 2011 12:55 AM

    ^ I think Meyer is a great coach and recruiter. I guess I still have a bad taste in my mouth from 06. Damn Roy Hall…..why did he have to piggyback on Ted Ginn?!?! WHYYYYY

  38. dkhhuey says: Oct 10, 2011 11:13 AM

    @paul – I know, that was a pretty harsh beating we took and I winched at the thought at first as well. Then I started to realize what a huge upside it would be to have him driving the OSU machine! I’d love to dole out a few of those beatings to some other teams!

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