Ohio State Faces Failure To Monitor Charge Over DiGeronimo Payments

Ohio State University released a supplemental notice of allegations (NOA) received from the NCAA on Thursday outlining their findings related to OSU booster Robert "Bobby" DiGeronimo. That notice includes a notification of a possible Failure to Monitor charge, which could result in futher punishment against the football program.

DiGeronimo is said to have paid nine active players a total of $2,405 in improper benefits. Specifically, DiGeronimo paid five athletes a combined total of $1,605 for work not performed at Independence Excavating and he paid four athletes a combined total of $800 for attending his Cornerstone of Hope charity event.

Among the players involved in the payments where former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, Corey Brown, DeVier Posey, Marcus Hall, Melvin Fellows, and Daniel Herron.

Ohio State has already agreed to forfeit five scholarships over a three year period. The school's official response to the allegations and report can be read here (PDF).

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the NCAA believes that the violations were a result of an overall institutional problem, as opposed to the infractions of a single violator, hence the timing of the charge.

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