Ohio State's Statement on NCAA Appeal

Jason Priestas's picture
January 9, 2011 at 5:17a

OSU released a statement Saturday announcing their intent to appeal the NCAA's decision to suspend five players for five games to begin next season. We've known this was coming, but the statement provides additional details:

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State has notified the NCAA that it will appeal the reinstatement decisions for its football student-athletes. The university has requested this appeal be heard via a teleconference, which would include university officials and the student-athletes.

The appeal will be heard by the Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, an independent committee comprised of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences. This committee’s decision is final. It can reduce or remove the reinstatement conditions, but it cannot increase the conditions imposed by the NCAA national office reinstatement staff. An appeals teleconference date has not been set as cases with student-athletes currently in season will be given priority.

Ohio State student-athletes involved in this case are able to practice, participate in workouts and all other permissible offseason activities, including spring practice and the spring game, which is not competition but rather the final spring practice session.

I wouldn't expect to hear anything for at least two, probably three weeks based on similar situations in the past, but the five should get reduced to four with an outside/miracle shot of getting it down to three.

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RBuck's picture

From the Dispatch: "Smith said that though the players were culpable for their actions, he also said OSU had not done an adequate job of explaining to them previously that they were not allowed to sell items such as gold pants and championship rings awarded by the school while they still had playing eligibility, even though technically the items belong to the players."

When Smith first mentioned that the players weren't properly schooled on the rule I just about crapped my pants. I was thinking, did he just open up that can of those four maggot infested words, "lack of institutional control"? Seems so to me. Which makes me wonder if OSU has in mind to possibly trade a scholarship or two to knock a few games off the suspensions. I'd go for one scholly per game as long as it's spread out over a few years.

Long live the southend.

btalbert25's picture

While, I see that it could possibly be seen as lack of institutional control, I have to wonder if the NCAA would pursue that for this situation.  I usually think of that phrase when I hear of agents, academic scandals, and huge sums of money being tossed at players.  I just don't know that the NCAA would pursue it that much.  With as dilligent as the compliance department is when it comes to violations large or small, it would be kind of funny to imagine the institution has a lack of control.

tampa buckeye's picture

What if they just played them anyway?  F the NCAA. Drop them and get four super conferences. 

NW Buckeye's picture

If the NCAA would come after OSU for LOIC it could undermine them.  OSU has repeatedly been used as an example of how to conduct an athletic department the way the NCAA desires.  99% of enforcement is meant to be done by the individual schools.  OSU's compliance office goes out of the way to investigate the problems that crop up.  No institution can prevent instances from happening all together, the NCAA is aware of that.  But, what they desperately want is for for the members to be proactive in discovery and enforcement after discovery.  While OSU is by no means perfect, they are a leader when it comes to compliance.  Hitting them with the LOIC would send a clear message that other schools may as well continue to hide everything they can because if they self report they run the risk of the LOIC.