Ohio State has self-reported more NCAA infractions and suspended three more players for the opening game against Akron. The players are running back Jordan Hall and defensive backs Travis Howard and Corey Brown. They reported that they received less than $300 in “impermissible benefits” while attending a charitable event earlier this year. Ohio State has suspended them but seeks their reinstatement for the rest of the year.
There is no confirmed information that I have seen as to what the benefits were — and given that the benefits were conferred at a charitable event you have to wonder. Was it food? Free drink? A leg up in bidding for an unpopular silent auction item? And how much less than $300 were the benefits, anyway?
I don’t mean to belittle whatever it was the players did, but the fact is that right now Ohio State will be reporting every purported violation, no matter how trivial it may be, to demonstrate to the NCAA that the University is serious about compliance. Given that reality, I’ve developed “suspension fatigue.” Until I hear what these players actually did, and learn what possibly obscure rule they allegedly violated, I’m not going to rip them or tear my hair out at this latest apparent transgression.
Can this season please actually get started as soon as possible?