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Already suspended Ohio State players banned further

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State is in trouble with the NCAA again, this time because three Buckeyes — two who have already been sitting out for taking cash and free tattoos — accepted too much money for too little work in their summer jobs.

Last year's leading rusher, Daniel Herron, and the top returning wide receiver, DeVier Posey, along with offensive lineman Marcus Hall will be out when the Buckeyes play at No. 14 Nebraska on Saturday.

Athletic director Gene Smith insisted Monday that there is no "systemic" problem at Ohio State, which has admitted to having several players involved in different NCAA violations over the past 10 months.

He blamed it on the athletes, former coach Jim Tressel and a booster who Monday was banned from further contact with the Buckeyes.

"It's not a systemic failure of compliance," Smith said. "I'm optimistic and I'm confident that we will not have those charges."

Herron and Posey had five-game suspensions, which were to end this week, extended. They, along with left tackle Mike Adams, defensive end Solomon Thomas and former Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were initially suspended for their role in a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal that cost Tressel his job.

Ohio State is awaiting the NCAA's report of sanctions for the Tressel-tattoo violations.

Two other players also were overpaid for the summer work, which included working at a car wash or picking up scrap metal: defensive lineman Melvin Fellows, who is out with a medical hardship, and starting linebacker Etienne Sabino, who has already been reinstated by the NCAA.

The booster who paid the players, Cleveland businessman Bobby DiGeronimo, was dissociated from the program. Smith declined to answer a question about why the school had not looked closer at DiGeronimo and his relationship with players.

Gamecocks bench Garcia

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said sophomore Connor Shaw will replace former Jefferson High star Stephen Garcia as the starting quarterback Saturday against Kentucky.

Shaw played the first quarter of the opener against East Carolina but was benched with the Gamecocks trailing 17-0. Garcia rallied the team to a 56-37 win and has started since.

Garcia, a fifth-year senior, has completed 51 percent of his passes this season, with nine interceptions and four touchdowns.

BIG 12 AND TV: Big 12 university leaders agreed to equally share the wealth from the conference's most lucrative TV deals if members agree to lock those top-tier TV rights into the league for at least six years. Interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said he hopes approval of the deal by the league's presidents and chancellors will help convince Missouri to stay. Missouri's board of curators is scheduled to meet today in St. Louis.

ILLINOIS: The No. 19 Illini suspended sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown for the Indiana game Saturday. He appeared to intentionally knee a Northwestern player Saturday.

IOWA: Backup quarterback A.J. Derby was suspended for two games after an incident outside an Iowa City bar. A criminal complaint filed against Derby, 20, said he admitted to punching out a bus window.

NEBRASKA: Quarterback Taylor Martinez, after throwing three interceptions in four possessions vs. Wisconsin in Saturday's 48-17 loss, was asked to assess his ability to read defenses. "You guys rip me anyway, so it really doesn't matter," the starter for the No. 14 Cornhuskers said near the end of a news conference in which he tersely answered 20 questions in less than four minutes. Also, police in Madison, Wis., gave redshirt freshman Chase Rome a $326 ticket for damaging an airport paper towel dispenser after the game.

NORTHWESTERN: Running back Mike Trumpy is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, reported. And coach Pat Fitzgerald said quarterback Dan Persa (sore right foot) is expected to play Saturday against No. 12 Michigan.

OKLAHOMA: Receiver Trey Franks was reinstated after a two-game suspension for the No. 3 Sooners. He returns in time for Saturday's game against No. 11 Texas in Dallas.

UTAH: Quarterback Jordan Wynn will miss two to three weeks with a left shoulder injury. Jon Hays will start Saturday against Arizona State.

Already suspended Ohio State players banned further 10/03/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2011 9:56pm]
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