25 yrs ago today: NCAA places Ohio State men's basketball on probation (m)
By ScriptOhio (Texas Ex) on 11:21:52 06/24/19
Not a pleasant anniversary but I did one of these for all the Ayers highlights; we are now in the period where every Ayers anniversary is going to be a negative one (with one exception, and I'm not talking about his firing).
I still don't really understand why Ohio State got anything other than a mild reprimand. Perhaps the article doesn't explain everything the program was accused of, because 17 violations including meal and gas money for one recruit's HS school coach doesn't really measure up to a banner Tribune headline. I'm actually a little bit pissed off reading the article, knowing what Michigan was getting away with at the time.
PROBATION FOR OHIO STATE
The men's basketball team also will lose one scholarship but will be permitted to appear on TV and in postseason play.
Ayers' salary was frozen and he was prohibited from making off-campus recruiting trips during the July and September recruiting periods.
"We were wrong. We made some mistakes," Ayers said at a news conference. "But I'm glad this is behind us now."
David Swank, chairman of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, blamed the violations on Ayers and his staff.
"These were violations that every coach should be aware of," Swank said in a teleconference. "You're dealing with an experienced coach who should have been aware of these rules."
Athletic Director Andy Geiger said the penalties, worked out by the university and the NCAA enforcement staff, are fair.
Ohio State admitted to 17 violations during the recruitment of Damon Flint. Many of the violations resulted from an Oct. 30, 1991, meeting at an off-campus restaurant that Ayers attended.
After the meal, then-Ohio State assistant Paul Brazeau gave $60 to Flint's coach at Cincinnati Woodward High School, Jim Leon, to pay for dinner and transportation. Brazeau later gave Flint and others gym bags and writing portfolios.
Flint refused to comment Thursday. Brazeau, head coach at the University of Hartford, did not return telephone calls.