Ohio State University suspended tailback Daniel Herron, receiver DeVier Posey and offensive lineman Marcus Hall for this weekend’s game at the University of Nebraska after an investigation showed they were overpaid at their summer jobs.
Two other players the school says were overpaid are defensive end Melvin Fellows, who is out with a medical hardship, and linebacker Etienne Sabino, who was reinstated after he gave what he was overpaid to charity.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the university determined the players were overpaid by the following amounts: Posey $728; Fellows and Herron $293 each; Hall $233, and Sabino $60.
“I am held accountable,” Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said today at a news conference. “That’s why I am sitting here today. We have to constantly work with our student athletes to educate them about accountability.”
Ohio State said the players were unaware they were being overpaid. They didn’t keep time cards and were allowed to work times that were convenient to them.
Two of the players, Herron and Posey, earlier received five-game bans for their part in a separate scandal, in which players traded signed memorabilia for tattoos. Those violations resulted in the resignation of former coach Jim Tressel in May.
Other players involved in the memorabilia-for-tattoos violation and given five-game suspensions were left tackle Mike Adams, defensive end Solomon Thomas and former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who now plays for the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders.
“We don’t have a systemic problem,” Smith said. “These were individual decisions.”