Well, at least it's not tattoos. The three Ohio State players who received a one-game suspension for taking impermissible benefits were not swallowed up in the memorabilia-based NCAA investigation that hit the Buckeyes this past offseason. Instead, Jordan Hall, Travis Howard and Corey Brown will have to sit-out Ohio State's season-opener after receiving less than $300 worth of impermissible benefits at a charity event.
What did the players receive? Gift bags, of course!
Sources told The Dispatch that the three received gift bags for attending the charity event, but their attendance hadn’t been cleared through Ohio State’s compliance office. The incident came to light during the spring as the NCAA investigated quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
While Ohio State clearly doesn't need any bad PR right now, this is far from the worst thing that could've happened. Because the players attendance didn't go through compliance, the three will sit for one game. Still, the Buckeyes have a bit more educating to do to hammer home the whole compliance thing to student athletes.
We'll be back with more on the situation as it becomes available. For all you Ohio State needs, head over to Along the Olentangy