Where to start...
Here is the link to the story.
It was not just the six players that were implicated this past December for trading gear for Tattoo's...it turns out that NINE other current players are implicated in the story.
Ohio State has conceded that six current players committed an NCAA violation by trading memorabilia for tattoos or cash at Fine Line Ink: Pryor, tackle Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, defensive end Solomon Thomas and linebacker Jordan Whiting. Ellis, who spent time in and around the tattoo parlor for nearly 20 months, says that in addition to those six, he witnessed nine other active players swap memorabilia or give autographs for tattoos or money. Those players were defensive back C.J. Barnett, linebacker Dorian Bell, running back Jaamal Berry, running back Bo DeLande, defensive back Zach Domicone, linebacker Storm Klein, linebacker Etienne Sabino, defensive tackle John Simon and defensive end Nathan Williams. Ohio State declined to make any of its current players available to respond to SI.
Ellis claims that two players whose eligibility expired at the close of the 2010 season -- safety Jermale Hines and cornerback Devon Torrence -- also conducted at least one transaction with Rife involving memorabilia or autographs before the season ended. When asked by SI to respond, Hines, who was picked by the Rams in the fifth round of April's NFL draft, said, "I did nothing illegal." Torrence's agent, Jim Ivler, said his client "is adamant that the allegations are false. ... He can tell you where he got all his tattoos and it was not [at Fine Line Ink]."
Then there is Terrelle Pryor...
Now NCAA investigators and Ohio State are both looking into the use of cars by several current Buckeyes, including Pryor, who, a source close to one of the investigations told SI, might have driven as many as eight cars in his three years in Columbus. (Ohio State declined to make Pryor available for comment.) Former Buckeyes basketball player Mark Titus posted on his blog on May 24 that it was common knowledge among students that football players were driving cars too pricey for their means. "You'd have to be blind to not notice it," he wrote. Former wide receiver Ray Small confirmed last week to The Lantern, the Ohio State student newspaper, that he got a "deal" on a car from a Columbus dealer, but he did not provide the terms.
Doesn't sound like the largest compliance department in all of D1 was monitoring or educating their players of the rules for quite awhile.
And I mean years...
I am not surprised of the drug allegations in the article given how this whole story broke because of a federal drug investigation, but those will be hard to prove so to me it is hearsay.
Not exactly the bomb I expected to drop with all the twitter buzz over the past few days but this is still significant. Their is a good amount of on the record accounts here, this will probably go a long way to proving the unsubstantiated accusations that have been floating around.
There is a lot of stuff here...
Gene Smith is on the hook here for his comments that this was not systemic, not sure how he survives. Doug Archie as head of compliance is as gone as Tressel.
This stuff going on in this piece makes ANYTHING USC was hit for minor at the most.
I won't even comment on Tressel's alleged bad behavior that looks to date back to to when he was an assistant at Ohio State...and the rigged raffle.....Sheesh, I am speechless.
Lots read and dissect here, so I will close with this...If after this article, the NCAA can't see how all this new information falls under failure to monitor or a lack of institutional control charge then there will be some serious hell to pay.