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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