The NCAA announced today that it was throwing out three violations and part of a fourth that stem from the Jim O'Brien era. The reason: the NCAA enforcement staff missed the deadline for notifying Ohio State of the charges regarding Aleksandar Radojevic by two days. That's right, kids. If you look up "by the book" in a dictionary, you'll see the logo to the left staring back at you -- and they dropped the ball. The best part was the statement O'Brien issued:
"This is a bittersweet victory. I wish it could have been accomplished with the support the university promised me in my contract. Now it is too late to undo the university's self-imposed penalties, including its decision to take away an NCAA berth from a group of players who had absolutely nothing to do with these issues."
So, basically, still guilty, but a technicality makes it all go away according to Jim. Hmm..
This hasn't deterred the Dispatch, as it is busily printing up new Scoonie Penn collectible sports pages.