Three more football players are in hot water at Ohio State.
As a result, Ohio State might be in even more trouble with the NCAA.
The school reported yesterday that running back Jordan Hall, defensive back Corey Brown, and defensive back Travis Howard received impermissible benefits of $300 or less earlier this year.
The latest violations took place after several Buckeyes players were suspended for accepting cash and free tattoos from the subject of a federal drug-trafficking probe and Ohio State had ramped up its compliance department to warn athletes not to break NCAA rules.
All three were suspended for the Buckeyes’ season-opening game tomorrow against Akron at Ohio Stadium.
“We take this matter seriously,’’ athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “Our commitment to institutional integrity is steadfast, and we must hold everyone associated with our athletics programs accountable for lapses in judgment. We believe in transparency with the NCAA, all regulatory bodies and all of Buckeye Nation.’’
Hall and Howard, both juniors, were listed as starters on Ohio State’s two-deep roster for the game. Brown, who goes by the nickname “Pittsburgh’’ to distinguish him from Buckeyes wide receiver Corey “Philly’’ Brown, was listed as a backup at safety.
Ohio State is awaiting final word on what sanctions it will receive from the NCAA for memorabilia-for-cash violations that occurred in 2010 that led to coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation May 30. Several players have been suspended and the 2010 season was vacated because of the earlier problems.
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