So here I am beating a dead horse. But why not, it's late.
According to this ESPN article, the
OSU Ohio players suspended for the first game were banished for taking cash at a charity event. Previously, especially those cooler poopers at Eleven Warriors defended these players by assuming they took a gift basket or the like. Well, in fact, it wasn't. It was cold hard cash. And the worst part, they don't seem to come to a concensus why they were given this cash.
The records released Thursday night indicate the athletes gave varying accounts for why they received the money and who they received it from.
Two of the athletes said they believed the money was for working at the event while a third said he believed he was receiving money from a teammate. They were invited to attend the charity event by a former Buckeyes player.
The article further goes on to say that this wasn't an Ohio sponsored event, yet in previous year it had.
All three believed that Ohio State had approved attending the event, even though it had not. Ohio State had permitted athletes to attend the event in 2007 and 2010, however, Ohio State's NCAA compliance department requires that athletes ask for and receive written permission to attend promotional or charitable events.
I'm sorry. Your coach was
fired resigned. Your program is under intense scrutiny. And your players are STILL accepting money at sponsored non-sponsored events.