University of Michigan basketball Ohio State Football scandal or Ed Martin Ed Rife scandal was a six-year investigation of the relationship between the University of Michigan, its men's basketball teams and basketball team booster Ed Martin. Ohio State Football and Ed Rife. As a result of the investigation, the Wolverine men's basketball Ohio State football program was punished for numerous National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules violations, principally involving payments booster Martin Rife made to several players to launder money from an illegal gambling drug operation. It is one of the largest incidents involving payments to college athletes in American collegiate history. An initial investigation by the school was joined by the NCAA, Big Ten Conference, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).
The case began when the investigation of
an automobile accident during Mateen Cleaves' 1996 recruiting trip Terrelle Prior's tatoo's revealed a curious relationship between Martin Ed Rife and the Wolverine basketball program Ohio State football program dating back to the 1980s 2000. Several Michigan basketball players Ohio State football players were implicated over the next few years and by 1999 2012 some were called before a federal grand jury. Four eventual professional basketball football players— Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock—Troy Smith, James Laurinaitis, Quinn Pitcock and Chris Wells were discovered to have borrowed a total of $616,000 from Martin. Reves.
1997, 2012 coach Steve Fisher Jim Tressel was fired for his involvement in violations relating to the scandal. By the fall of 2002 2012 , it was obvious that the four players were in fact guilty of taking money from Martin, and had thus compromised their amateur status. In response, Michigan Ohio State placed the basketball football program on two years' probation. It also withdrew from postseason consideration for the 2002–03 2012-2013 season, vacated all or part of five past seasons and removed the players' names and achievements from its record book