Is Ed Rife Selling the Memorabilia Collection Linked to the Ohio State Tattoo Scandal?

By Jason Priestas on May 4, 2013 at 8:00a
Edward Rife of Fine Line Ink

Thursday evening, a post appeared on Craigslist claiming someone was "selling everything involved in the tattoo scandal from 2010." Accompanying the post were photos of a collection of Ohio State championship rings and the logo of Fine Line Ink, the tattoo parlor at the center of the scandal that brought down Jim Tressel at Ohio State.

From the listing:

i have a 2002 ohio state championship ring from tj downning 5 - 2008 big ten championship rings from , terrell pryor , devier posey ,sollie thomas , jamil martin (41) , mike adams and i also have durron carter (chris carters son ) high school championship ring and terrell pryors high school basketball championship ring with his initials ingraved inside ....i also have terrell pryors mvp trophy from the 2009 fiestia bowl ...lots of jerseys , footballs, helmets , gloves ,cleats and pics all signed ...and other things ...i am going to be putting every thing on ebay this weekend but i figured i would see if i could get offers on here first please email me for pics and offers

In December of 2010, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other players were found to have received discounted tattoos and cash from Edward Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink. The NCAA ruled the players eligible for Ohio State's 31-26 Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas, with their five-game suspensions to begin the following season, but a review of Jim Tressel's email revealed he had prior knowledge of the situation, via a tip from Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero. Rife had approached Cicero for advice with a drug and money laundering case federal agents were bringing against him.

Rife pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and one count of money laundering in June of 2011 and was sentenced to 36 months in prison later that year for what authorities alleged was an operation that distributed between 400 and 700 kilograms of marijuana.

Federal investigators were unable to determine if the OSU memorabilia was purchased with money obtained from the sale of drugs, so the rings and other awards remained in Rife's possession.

The rings for sale on Craigslist

It's unknown whether Rife sold the memorabilia before entering prison or during his term. The Fine Line Ink logo attached to the listing did not turn up any results in reverse image searches conducted by TinyEye, Google and other services, lending credence to the notion that the seller is either Rife, or someone close to Fine Line Ink.

Is it Rife? He is still likely months away from an early release assuming he is eligible for good behavior and the Residential Drug Abuse Program he planned to enter while incarcerated.

Guess we'll have to keep an eye on eBay.

UPDATE 5/4 2:17pm: Cris Carter weighs in:


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FitzBuck's picture

I was thinking about trying to get a pair of gold pants.  As much as I would like one or the 2002 ring I feel like a class a d-bag for even looking.  I'm tipping my wife off so she can stop me from doing something stupid.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

cajunbuckeye's picture

I'm with you. I would love to have the gold pants. I've seen some Buckeye items for sale in the past, but could never bring myself to purchase them.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

cplunk's picture

I wish I had the money to buy all these and return them to the school.

doodah_man's picture

I'm with you on this. The recent post on rings says it all, but the gold pants are an inside thing. Anytime they are offered up, they should be purchased and returned to the school. I have seen them on eBay, I have the coin to buy them, but I can't bring myself to buy them. They were earned by the people on the team. And if you sold one that you personally owned, you are SubMichigan.....

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

Hovenaut's picture

What a shame, both in the fact this stuff has popped back up and that there will be money made off it.

I get the memorabilia side of it, but it sure comes off shady.

Brutus's picture

Like opening an old wound sort of.

Rfahncke's picture

Cue never-ending ESPN breaking news story in 3....2....1....

"Have you earned your buckeye today?"

Buckeyeneer's picture

I never knew what Rife looked like. What a shady looking shitbag.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

BME_Buckeye's picture


Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


ATXbucknut's picture

Wow! The chance to buy authentic Buckeye memorabilia from Edward Rife! I'm flippin out. In fact, I'm double back flippin out...
Screw that guy.


+1 HS
bodast67's picture

he seems clean cut compared to my tattoo guy...




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

CowCat's picture

Dumb idea #4923:
Use Twitter to ask each of the offending players to buy back this merchandise and return it to TOSU.
It's the least they can do.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture
Hovenaut's picture

Cris was great at catching touchdowns.

Now he's great at maintaining Duron's good image.

Guess somebody needs to.

But seriously though.....if stolen, why not report it? If you have it back, why respond to any of this at all (via Twitter - nice touch)?

What a damn mess.

+1 HS
USMC11917's picture

Willing to bet money Cris bought the ring from Ed and made up a story. I'd like to see the original case report.

tdible2132's picture

Yeah agreed.  I get that Cris is going to defend his son, and I can't blame him for that, but this doesn't exactly look good.  Just let it go, as it's definitely in Duron's best interest to just forget about the past and move on. 

Toilrt Paper's picture

Send OJ and his strong armed guys into get the Ohio State stuff.

Bucksfan's picture

People say my icon thread won't die?  THIS STORY WON'T DIE!

tdible2132's picture

Tell me about it.  I'm so sick of it and will be happy when it is finally out of the news for good.

okiebuck's picture

I'm not a lawyer but wouldn't all of this stuff have been confiscated by the Feds as part of their case against this dirt bag?

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

spqr2008's picture

It would only have been held as evidence, then seized as asset forfeiture if they were worth anything at a federal auction.  Asset forfeiture is generally only used when the assets are worth it to sell at auction.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I thought Tom Crean had the most punchable face.  Then I saw Ed Rife's face.  I'd knock that the frick out.

Class of 2010.

ih8rolltyde's picture

Any chance the more computer genius variety buckeyes want to inundate that prick's email with bogus requests for pictures, etc. Just to gum up the works as they say.....

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Maestro's picture

Plausible deniability for TP.  His ring isn't "ingraved".

vacuuming sucks

jeremytwoface's picture

ESPN has absolutely nothing about this on their front page or NCAA Football front page! Mark May must have the day off.
Also, I've heard a bunch of rumors that MARK MAY WEARS WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR. Is this true?

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.