Ohio State should know decision soon

Updated: November 29, 2011, 1:41 PM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State and new coach Urban Meyer could know in the next two weeks what NCAA sanctions the football team will face.

The school went before the NCAA committee on infractions Aug. 12 for the tattoo-for-memorabilia scandal and received another notice of allegations from the NCAA on Nov. 3. Those accusations involved a Cleveland-area booster who allegedly provided extra benefits to players.

The NCAA said in the second letter that Ohio State would have to appear before the infractions committee again in early December, while school officials requested that they have the charges reviewed during a teleconference this week.

Athletic director Gene Smith told ESPN.com that the NCAA recently informed Ohio State that it wouldn't need to go back in front of the committee by phone or in person after all.

Smith said he was told that the NCAA's final ruling on the Buckeyes' case would come in 10 to 14 days, and that he expects a decision by mid-December.

Ohio State has already stripped itself of five scholarships over the next three years, vacated its 2010 season, imposed a two-year probation period, forfeited its 2011 Sugar Bowl payment and fired former coach Jim Tressel as part of its self-imposed penalties. Smith said he does not expect the NCAA to hand the Buckeyes a bowl ban.

Meyer accepted the job without knowing the severity of the looming penalties but said he had "great faith and trust" in Smith and school president E. Gordon Gee.

Meyer said he did his own research on the case and asked a lot of questions during his interview process with the Buckeyes and came away convinced that the penalties would not hamper his ability to rebuild the program.

Brian Bennett covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com

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