The Ohio State Buckeyes self-reported 46 secondary NCAA violations less than a week ago, but the athletic department has up to a dozen more violations pending, according to a report by The Lantern‘s Pat Brennan.
“We’ve got 12 pending,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is quoted as saying. “It may turn out to be secondary. It may not.”
A school spokesman later told the paper that there were less than 12 pending cases. Smith also clarified that the school is not facing any major violations, according to tweets by CBS’s Bruce Feldman and Brett McMurphy.
AD Gene Smith in a statement: "Contrary to reports attributed to me, Ohio St is not facing any major NCAA violations."—
Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) May 24, 2012
Ohio State AD Gene Smith says school isn't facing major NCAA violations just "several secondary violations being processed"—
Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyCBS) May 24, 2012
Ohio State’s football team is banned from going to a bowl this season as punishment related to the alleged sale of memorabilia for tattoos, among other allegations against the programs. Long-time coach Jim Tressel resigned in the aftermath of reports about the behavior.
The 46 self-reported secondary violations from last week involved 21 sports and covered a period dating back to May 30, 2011. They included one instance where new football coach Urban Meyer said “good luck” to recruit while attending his game. It is a violation to speak with a recruit during a competition.
“It’s nothing that troubles me,” Smith told The Associated Press about the 46 violations. “It’s normal operating business. It’s nothing that troubles me. I’ve seen all the cases. We know all the cases. You look at them, and they’re inadvertent mistakes.”