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OSU Faces More NCAA Violations, Including Failure to Monitor
The NCAA has charged the OSU football program with additional violations resulting from a booster overpaying players for work they performed. The NCAA finds that booster Robert DiGeronimo paid more than $2,400 to nine players in 2009 and 2011.
The NCAA also charges that OSU failed to monitor DiGeronimo’s interaction with the school’s players. A ‘Failure to Monitor’ charge is the NCAA’s 2nd most serious violation behind ‘Lack of Institutional Control.’
In its response, OSU has offered to give up five football scholarships over a three-year period. OSU has already cut ties with DiGeronimo and it promises to increase education and awareness programs for athletes.
The latest allegations are in addition to charges that OSU players traded memorabilia for cash and tattoos at a Columbus tattoo parlor, and that former Coach Jim Tressel failed to notify officials of the violations. Those violations resulted in OSU vacating its 2010 season and Sugar Bowl victory. The scandal also cost former coach Jim Tressel his job and the suspensions of several players, including start quarterback Terrell Pryor who left for the NFL.