Ohio State Faces Failure To Monitor Charge, Self-Imposes Scholarship Restrictions

Ohio State received a Notice of Allegations and faces a possible Failure to Monitor charge for allegations related to a former booster. The Buckeyes have self-imposed scholarship restrictions.

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Suspended Ohio State Football Players Jordan Hall, Corey Brown And Travis Howard Cleared To Play

Initially suspended for just one game for receiving an envelope of $200 in cash at a charity benefit, Ohio State Buckeyes players Jordan Hall, Corey Brown, and Travis Howard weren't reinstated by the NCAA before their second game against Toledo, which came as a surprise to head coach Luke Fickell and athletic director Gene Smith.

Now, in anticipation of the Scandal Bowl, otherwise known as OSU's matchup against Miami Sept. 17, Hall, a running back, and defensive backs Brown and Howard have all been reinstated for this Saturday's tilt, a boon to a Buckeyes team that, despite its No. 17 ranking, can use all the help it can get after squeaking by Toledo.

The NCAA still hasn't ruled on the penalty it will give Ohio State in the wake of Tatoogate, which has already claimed three 2010 starters for the first five games of this year, Terrelle Pryor's senior year, and Jim Tressel's head coaching career (for now). Here's the NCAA's statement on its decision to reinstate those whom I shall henceforth call "The 'Charity' Three," until I think of something better:

Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete's involvement are determined. This is typically well in advance of infractions decisions. The enforcement investigation into the Ohio State University is ongoing.    

For more on the now less depleted Buckeyes, visit Along the Olentagy.


Suspended Buckeyes May Sit Another Week, Says Ohio State AD

The Ohio State Buckeyes players that were suspended for receiving $200 cash while attending a charity event during the offseason may have to sit out yet another game. The three players -- running back Jordan Hall and defensive back Travis Howard and Corey Brown -- could return for Buckeyes' game against Miami on Sept. 17, but only if the school is able to provide the right information to the NCAA over the course of the next week.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith talked to the Associated Press prior to the team's game at Toledo on Saturday, updating the media on what has become a bit of a convoluted situation.

"No, I'm not confident," Smith told the AP. "We do have to provide some more information to the NCAA. We'll start that process tomorrow. We've got some meetings tomorrow and Monday, and we'll get them the additional information they want and then go from there."

The AD also explained Luke Fickell's comments from earlier in the week, when the coach indicated his players would be able to return against Toledo.

"Luke was just like me. We were both optimistic based upon precedents that they should be reinstated," he said. "But the NCAA felt that they deserved a (longer) penalty. We were surprised. We disagreed with them. But at the end of the day when I listened to them I kind of understood their rationale."


We'll be back with more on the situation as it becomes available. For all your Ohio State needs, head over to Along the Olentangy.


Suspended Buckeyes Jordan Hall, Travis Howard And Corey Brown Won't Play Against Toledo

The three Ohio State Buckeye football players suspended for the season opener against Akron have not yet been reinstated by the NCAA, the school announced Friday in a statement.

This was unexpected, as the announcement comes just days after head coach Luke Fickell indicated that junior running back Jordan Hall, junior defensive back Travis Howard and sophomore defensive back Corey Brown would be available to play this Saturday

From Ohio State's official statement:

The three Ohio State University football players suspended for last week's game have not been reinstated by the NCAA and will not participate in the game Saturday against the University of Toledo. The university continues to work with the NCAA on the reinstatement process and is hopeful that the student-athletes will be reinstated soon. The university will have no further comment. 

Hall, Howard and Brown were found guilty of two violations -- attending a charity event without written permission from the school, and accepting $200 apiece while attending the event. Ohio State self-reported the violations to the NCAA on August 31.

The Buckeyes hardly missed the trio in the opener, shutting out the Akron Zips, 42-0. Heading into the weekend, they're 18-point favorites against the Toledo Rockets.  

We'll be back with more on the situation as it becomes available. For all your Ohio State needs, head over to Along the Olentangy.

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