COLUMBUS, Ohio — The NCAA suspended Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey for five more games Friday, leaving him with only two regular-season games in his senior season, and three teammates for one game for taking too much money for a summer job.
Offensive lineman Marcus Hall, defensive lineman Melvin Fellows and last year's leading rusher, Daniel Herron, will miss one game and must repay benefits after receiving pay for work not performed from booster Bobby DiGeronimo.
Posey was overpaid $728. Herron and Fellows accepted about $290 in excess pay, while Hall received $230 in overpayment. Posey and Herron already had been suspended five games for accepting cash and tattoos from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.
Posey, the Buckeyes' leading returning receiver, will not be able to play until Nov. 19 against Penn State.
Posey's attorney said he was incensed at the penalty. In response, the NCAA called lawyer Larry James' contentions "patently false."
Meyer to Penn State?
Former Florida coach Urban Meyer's name surfaced as a candidate to replace the ousted Jim Tressel at Ohio State nearly the moment it happened. But now a website report that said Meyer and the Buckeyes have an interest in each other is reporting that Penn State has reached out to Meyer, now an analyst with ESPN.
SportsRappUp.com, which is devoted to Ohio State football, reported that Meyer would also be interested in the Nittany Lions job when friend Joe Paterno decides to retire.
The website said Penn State officials contacted Meyer in September and talks were productive. The report also said Texas was intriguing to Meyer.
Big East discusses expansion: Big East leaders held a conference call to talk about expansion and the expected loss of Texas Christian, but no decisions were made on which schools to invite. TCU, which was scheduled to join the Big East in 2012, received an invitation to the Big 12 on Thursday. TCU has not officially accepted, but that seems little more than a formality, with its board of trustees expected to vote soon. The Big East would be down to six football schools without TCU: USF, West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, Rutgers and Connecticut.
No. 5 Boise St. 57, Fresno St. 7: Quarterback Kellen Moore completed 23 of 31 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Broncos (5-0) routed the Bulldogs (2-4). Boise State led 37-0 by halftime as Moore hit Matt Miller for a 4-yard score, then added strikes of 18 and 4 yards to Geraldo Boldewijn. Running back Doug Martin ran 16 times for 94 yards as the Broncos coasted.
Oregon back hurt in win: Ducks running back LaMichael James, the nation's leading rusher, dislocated his right elbow early in the fourth quarter of a 43-15 victory against California. X-rays showed it wasn't broken, but he would not speculate on whether he will play Oct. 15 against No. 22 Arizona State. Before he went down, James ran for 239 yards and a touchdown for the No. 9 Ducks (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12).