By RUSTY MILLER and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Records released by Ohio State University
say three football players suspended for the opening game against
Akron violated NCAA rules by taking $200 at a Cleveland charity
event earlier this year.
The records released Thursday night indicate the students gave
varying accounts for why they received the money and who they
received it from.
Two of the athletes said they believed the money was for working
at the event while a third said he believed he was receiving money
from a teammate.
The records, a copy of the violations that Ohio State forwarded
to the NCAA, says the source of the money is unclear.
The players, running back Jordan Hall, defensive back Corey
Brown and defensive back Travis Howard, were identified as having
improperly received the money during a joint Ohio State-NCAA
investigation on Aug. 31.