Four Ohio State student-athletes must sit out games, repay benefits
Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith.
Oct. 7, 2011
Ohio State University football student-athlete DeVier Posey must sit five games and repay benefits after receiving approximately $720 from a booster for work not performed, according to a decision today by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff. Posey also accepted approximately $100 in golf fees from another individual, which is a preferential treatment violation.
Three additional Ohio State football student-athletes - Marcus Hall, Melvin Fellows and Dan Herron - will miss one game and must repay benefits after receiving pay for work not performed from the booster. Herron and Fellows both accepted approximately $290 in excess pay while Hall received $230 in overpayment. In its decision, the staff noted the overpayment occurred over an extended period of time.
The withholding condition cannot be used during a medical hardship period. The withholding conditions for Posey and Herron are in addition to the five-game suspension each previously received for other rules violations.
Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete's involvement are determined. This is typically well in advance of infractions decisions.
Read more about the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement process at ncaa.org.
"I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA's decision regarding DeVier Posey," Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith said. "This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five-game suspension already served by this student-athlete."