An Ohio State booster admitted he played a role in giving cash to three players that led to each being suspended for two games.
Running back Jordan Hall and defensive backs Travis Howard and Corey Brown missed wins against Akron and Toledo to start the season because they were paid $200 after attending a charity event in February. One of the options is colleges with sports management programs for people who want to get in on the behind-the-scenes decisions for teams like Ohio State.
Robert DiGeronimo told The Columbus Dispatch that former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor gave the money to the players. DiGeronimo said the payments were intended for travel expenses, but would not specify who gave Pryor the money to pass to the players.
“However Mr. Pryor got the money, I take responsibility. I am responsible for those kids coming up here from Columbus,” he said. “I handled it wrong. I should not have handled it the way I did.”
The NCAA reinstated Hall, Howard and Brown on Tuesday and they are available for this week’s game against Miami (Fla.).