Herron, Hall, Posey Declared Inelligible Against Nebraska

Written October 3rd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s the long and short of it, as far as we know:

During the investigation into former Ohio State Booster Bobby DiGeronimo’s connection with the charity event that saw several Buckeyes suspended earlier this season, the University discovered that there were student athletes who were working for his company, and that this employment hadn’t been cleared through compliance. Here is a link to the University’s self report to the NCAA: NCAA Docs

In reviewing the paperwork, it became apparent that there were instances of hours paid that differed from the hours actually worked. Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Marcus Hall, Etienne Sabino, and Melvin Fellows were the student athletes in question. The University argued that they were unaware of the additional hours (they did work, and were paid extra), but the numbers, particularly for Posey, don’t support that.

Herron, Posey, and Hall have been suspended for the Nebraska game, with expectations that Posey may be suspended for longer (based on the amount of money involved and the NCAA’s guidelines). These students are currently involved in the reinstatement process with the NCAA, so the actual number of games is still in flux. Fellows has taken a medical hardship, and Sabino has been cleared of these allegations.

DiGeronimo has been dissociated from the University after being a booster for 30 years. You can read the University’s letter here: NCAA Docs

The press release-

Ohio State Update on NCAA Investigation

The Ohio State University Director of Athletics Gene Smith announced today that, as part of the university’s continued investigation with the NCAA to resolve any remaining football compliance issues, violations have been discovered and three football student-athletes have been declared ineligible for the football game this weekend against the University of Nebraska. Those players are Marcus Hall, DeVier Posey and Daniel Herron. The university has submitted a request for reinstatement on behalf of each student-athlete, but it is anticipated that each will sit out at least the game this weekend.

“As we have previously disclosed, the university and the NCAA were not able to finish investigating all of the areas before the university’s August hearing with the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions,” Smith said. “Upon receiving the necessary records from outside parties and conducting a few additional interviews, the university and the NCAA enforcement staff have jointly determined that violations did occur. The violations that have affected the eligibility of these three players relate to their overpayment while being employed with companies associated with Robert DiGeronimo, an individual who was recently disassociated by the university as a result of several student athletes receiving extra benefits surrounding a charity event in February. The university and the NCAA enforcement staff are in the final stages of the resolution of this case, and I anticipate having further information in that regard in the near future.

In addition, Posey was cited for a secondary violation for a round of golf with Dennis Talbott- greens fees around $100.

Smith stated that this would be considered part of the ongoing investigation, and would push back the NCAA’s final ruling and sanctions.  He also said that he was confident that this was not a Failure To Monitor or Lack Of Institutional Control situation that the NCAA has reviewed Ohio State’s processes numerous times, and that these issues are indicative of individual decisions and not systemic issues.

What is most troubling, at least for me, is that some of this “work” occurred during March of 2011… while the NCAA investigation was ongoing, and about the time that Tressel’s knowledge of the memorabilia exchange was brought to light.

We’ll update this as it develops.

8 Comments

  1. JohnNo Gravatar
    October 3rd, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I don’t understand why Gene Smith felt the need to hold a press conference to announce this, instead of just releasing a statement. It seems to magnify the negative news in this 24/7 news cycle.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    October 3rd, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I bet he’s trying to create the impression that he is on top of the situation.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 3rd, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    When they release a press statement, they get crucified for not being “open”. When they have a press conference, they get crucified for being “bumbling” and “disingenuous”.

    I ain’t saying it’s been perfect, just that this is a lose/lose. AND that the real issue is the message, not the method of communication.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    October 3rd, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Good point,Mali. Not many ways you can shine up this message today, regardless of format. gawd.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 4th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Yup… makes me think of this:

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    KenNo Gravatar
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I didn’t want to mention it, since I knew that you would. Scarabs and their reproductive habits… Where but tBBC would we diverge into something like that?

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  2. KenNo Gravatar
    October 3rd, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    So glad the 2011 season is underway so that we get this nonsense behind us; the offseason was stressful.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    October 3rd, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    .. and after Bollman and Siciliano get the boot, Gene Smith is next out the door.

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