More trouble for Ohio State. Last year’s leading rusher, Dan Herron, and the top returning receiver, DeVier Posey, along with offensive lineman Marcus Hall will not be allowed to play this Saturday.
The NCAA extended the suspensions of Herron and Posey who were set to be eligible to play this week after sitting out the first four games for accepting cash and free tattoos. Hall was suspended for the first time.
The booster who paid the players, Cleveland-area businessman Bobby DiGeronimo, was dissociated from the program after years of being a friend of Buckeyes football players and a major fan. Athletic Director Gene Smith declined to answer a question about why Ohio State had not looked closer at DiGeronimo and his relationship with players.
Instead, Smith took the easy way out to point the blame at former coach Jim Tressel. “These failures are individual failures: failures of individual athletes, and as you know unfortunately a previous coach, and a booster, so it’s not a systemic failure of compliance.”