The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
The three players were suspended from the season opener last week after accepting improper benefits (of $300 or less) at a charity event earlier this year.
OSU assistant athletics communications director, Jerry Emig, issued a statement on Thursday saying that "the university continues to work with the NCAA on the reinstatement process and is hopeful that the student-athletes will be reinstated soon."
Hall and Howard were listed as starters going into the Akron game last week before being handed a one-game suspension. Earlier this week, interim head coach Luke Fickell stated that the three would be available for Saturday's game against Toledo.
Carlos Hyde — who was already named the starter by running backs coach Dick Tressel on Thursday — will get the nod at tailback for the second straight week, while Dominic Clarke will replace Howard once again at left cornerback. Brown is a backup to C.J. Barnett at free safety.