NCAA Slams Posey with Second 5-Game Ban
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — If the NCAA is trying to make an example out of Ohio State, they certainly have people’s attention now.
While the University awaits its own fate from the Infractions Committee, the NCAA came down hard on wide receiver DeVier Posey Friday. They hit the senior from Cincinnati with another five-game suspension on top of the five games he already served to start the season.
“I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding DeVier Posey,” Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said in a statement.
“This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five-game suspension already served by this student-athlete.”
Posey, who was Ohio State’s second-leading receiver last season, received approximately $720 from Cleveland-area booster Bobby DiGeronimo for work he did not perform. Posey also accepted $102 in golf fees from another individual.
Ohio State is likely to appeal the suspension, but if holds up, Posey would not return to the lineup until the last two regular-season games: Nov. 19 vs. Penn State and Nov. 26 at Michigan.
Teammates Daniel “Boom” Herron, Marcus Hall, Melvin Fellows each received one-game bans for accepting less than $300 in unearned wages over an extended period of time.
All four players must repay the extra money they received to charity, but Herron and Hall would be eligible to return for next week’s trip to Illinois. Fellows would also be eligible to return, but he has taken a career-ending medical hardship for his chronic knee injuries.
Posey and Herron were among the four players who missed the first five games of the 2011 season for receiving benefits and preferential treatment the owner of a local tattoo parlor. That scandal, which broke last Dec., also led to the sudden departures of then-Head Coach Jim Tressel and senior quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
It would seem as though Posey’s five-game suspension (now totaling 10 games in all) suggests that the NCAA believes he and Pryor were acting with a complete understanding of their wrongdoings. Pryor was also present at the golf outing and he has been linked to DeGeronimo through his involvement with the Cornerstone for Hope charity event.
That event, held back in February, led to the two-game suspensions of Pryor’s former high school teammates Jordan Hall, along with defensive backs Travis Howard and Corey Brown.
Pryor left the University back in June under heavy scrutiny from the NCAA and he was taken in the third round of the NFL’s supplemental draft by the Oakland Raiders. Pryor has been banned from having any contact with the Ohio State athletics department for five years. He has also been suspended for the first five games of the NFL season by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Buckeyes will take on No. 14 Nebraska Saturday night (8 p.m. ET,) in Lincoln for the first-ever conference meeting between these two historic programs. They will have seniors Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas available for the first time this season.
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