September 18, 2020

Three suspended OSU players reinstated by NCAA

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Just in time for its first road game of the season, No. 17 Ohio State got some good news for a change.

The NCAA reinstated three Buckeyes players on Tuesday who were suspended for taking envelopes with $200 cash from a university booster at a charity event earlier this year.

Tailback Jordan Hall and cornerback Travis Howard, tabbed as starters for the Buckeyes in the preseason, along with backup safety Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown, were suspended two games for violating NCAA rules by taking the improper benefits at an event in suburban Cleveland in February.

Ohio State (2-0) is girding up to play at Miami on Saturday.

“It’s always good, because these are all your brothers,” linebacker Etienne Sabino said soon after the news spread of the reinstatements. “These guys you go to camp with, we work out all year long, we hang out off the field. You’re happy for them and you’re happy they’re going to be out there with you. It’s exciting.”

The NCAA’s only additional stipulation was that the players pay $200 to another charity.

“The university appreciates the NCAA’s expeditious response in reinstating these three student-athletes,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement.

The three were suspended just two days before the opener against Akron.

 

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