COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper reports that Ohio State
football players are alleged to have improperly traded dozens of
items to the owner of a tattoo parlor, receiving tattoos, $14,000,
and in one case a sport-utility vehicle.
The report by The Columbus Dispatch says it obtained a letter
Thursday that was sent from the U.S. Department of Justice to Ohio
State officials in December. The document lists 36 items that
players are said to have sold to Eddie Rife or traded for tattoos
The newspaper reports that investigators say one player received
a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, purchased by Rife for $3,500, in exchange for a
watch and passes to the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Only a portion of the transactions were deemed violations by the
NCAA, and five players have been suspended for the first five games
of the upcoming season. A related NCAA investigation into coach Jim