Saturday, January 8, 2011

OHIO STATE OFFICIALLY APPEALS NCAA'S DECISION ON SUSPENSIONS

Dan Herron
(The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State has officially appealed the NCAA's decision to suspend five Buckeye football players — Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, Solomon Thomas, Mike Adams and DeVier Posey — for receiving improper benefits, according to OSU associate athletics director of communications, Dan Wallenberg.

Below is the complete press release sent to The Buckeye Times by Wallenberg ...

"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.

Additional comments or statements will not be made available to the media or public until after the NCAA committee renders a decision regarding Ohio State's appeal."