Ohio State gets call from NCAA, and it's not good news

Posted: May 17, 2005

The NCAA yesterday notified Ohio State of nine alleged rules violations, including cash gifts, improper academic assistance and failure of the school and coaches to monitor the men's basketball program.

Seven of the violations involved men's basketball, including a school booster allegedly giving cash and academic help to a former player.

The others involved a booster allegedly giving $500 to a football player, and an orthodontist providing free and discounted services to five women's basketball players.

Ohio State previously said it was looking into many of the alleged violations, including a cash gift to a recruit from former basketball coach Jim O'Brien, who was fired after acknowledging the payment.

The school must respond to the allegations by July 26, and an infractions committee will hold a hearing before determining whether sanctions are warranted, NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said.

In other college news:

* Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins has accepted the university's decision not to extend his contract beyond the 2 years left. The university stripped a rollover provision from Huggins' contract after his arrest and conviction for drunken-driving last year. The provision would have automatically added another year to his deal.

* Seton Hall and Hofstra received reprimands from the NCAA for a bench-clearing scuffle at the end of a first-round soccer tournament game in November. The committee also suspended Seton Hall midfielder Victor Kotynski for one game for his part in the scuffle on Nov. 20.

Pro Football

* The NFL was asked to provide more information on its steroid testing by the congressional panel that heard testimony last month from commissioner Paul Tagliabue. House Government Reform Committee chairman Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, and ranking Democrat Henry Waxman, of California, sent Tagliabue a letter requesting results of the league's tests since Jan. 1, 1995, for testosterone and epitestosterone. The committee already had asked for other documents about the NFL's testing before its April 27 hearing.

* Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Poole had reconstructive knee surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2005 season.

Soccer

* The World Anti-Doping Agency is giving FIFA, soccer's governing body, until September to comply with global rules on sanctions for drug offenders or jeopardize the sport's place in the Olympics and possibly affect the World Cup, WADA officials said. WADA says FIFA's insistence on 6-month suspensions rather than 2-year bans for serious drug offenses is in breach of the world anti-doping code adopted last year by Olympic sports federations.

* Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer took control of Manchester United, increasing his stake in the world's richest soccer club to more than 75 percent after buying 2.3 million more shares.

Philly File

* Jockey Mary Jo Brennan suffered broken ribs and a separated shoulder after a fall during the first race at Philadelphia Park yesterday. When Brennan's mount, Case The Ace, broke down and fell, Brennan was tossed and then stepped on by Real Town Guy, ridden by Todd Glasser. Brennan remained conscious, but is expected to miss significant time.

Sport Stops

* The U.S. Open will use blue instead of green tennis courts this year in an attempt to make balls easier to see for players and TV viewers. The area outside the court's lines will stay green, U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said.

* Mike Ford has resigned as crew chief for NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Dale Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing said.

* Penske Performance Inc., majority shareholder of Penske Racing South, said it has bought out Rusty Wallace, Don Miller and John Erickson. *

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