Defensive backs Travis Howard, Corey Brown and running back Jordan Hall have all been suspended for the opener Saturday for accepting improper benefits per Ohio State. The university says the three took impermissible benefits of $300 or less at a charity event earlier this year.
OSU has filed for the players reinstatement for the remainder of the 2011 season.
AD Gene Smith:
"We take this matter seriously. Our commitment to institutional integrity is steadfast, and we must hold everyone associated with our athletics programs accountable for lapses in judgment. We believe in transparency with the NCAA, all regulatory bodies and all of Buckeye Nation."
If you're counting along at home, the Buckeyes will now be without the following players for the opener: Posey, Adams, Herron, S.Thomas, Whiting, Linsley, Hall, Howard and Brown.
More as we know it.