Ohio State: New violations secondary

Updated: May 24, 2012, 1:40 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Ohio State has several pending NCAA violations that the university said are secondary or minor in nature and have been self-reported.

In an interview Wednesday with campus newspaper The Lantern, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the athletic department has 12 pending NCAA violations in addition to the 46 self-reported secondary violations since May 31, 2011. The 46 secondary violations were released last week.

Ohio State Athletics is not facing any major NCAA violations.

-- Ohio State AD Gene Smith

Smith on Thursday issued a statement saying "Ohio State Athletics is not facing any major NCAA violations."

"There are several secondary violations being processed by our compliance office. These are similar to those released last week," Smith said in his statement. "Again, these are secondary in nature and consistent with our culture of self-reporting even the most minor and inadvertent violations.

"Again, to be clear, the Ohio State football program, its coaches and staff are not facing any violations."

The football program received a postseason ban for 2012 and scholarship losses for major violations committed by several players and former coach Jim Tressel.

"Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I'd have a problem," Smith told The Lantern. "I mean, I really would, because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 (violations) out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes -- something's not right."

According to Ohio State spokesman Dan Wallenberg, the number of pending violations is actually fewer than 12. The secondary violations released last week took place in 21 of the school's 36 varsity sports, including football. Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer and Smith both admitted to committing secondary violations involving recruiting.

Smith told The Lantern that Ohio State, with the nation's largest athletic department, typically averages about 40 secondary violations per year.

In a news release Thursday, Ohio State detailed the 12 secondary violations to occur in the following athletic programs:

• Football: The compliance office approved the use of mini basketballs during a football winter conditioning workout;

A former assistant football coach had an inadvertent contact or "bump" with a prospective student-athlete;

The program understood the aunt of a prospective student-athlete was his legal guardian and provided food and lodging expenses to her for the official visit;

An assistant coach inadvertently posted on the Facebook wall of a 2013 prospective student-athlete, believing at the time he was using the email inbox function of Facebook.

• Institutional: Two baseball prospective student-athletes arrived on campus for official visits before being placed on the request list;

Athletics financial aid agreements were issued to three prospective student-athletes without being signed by the financial aid director.

• Baseball: A prospective student-athlete in grade 12 registered and showed up for an Ohio State camp for participants in grades 9-11 even though he was told he was not eligible to compete at the camp. A T-shirt was given to the individual to defuse the situation when he got upset that he couldn't compete;

A prospective student-athlete received a complimentary admission to a home baseball game during a dead period.

• Men's gymnastics: The practice activities of a gymnastics alum were publicized.

• Field hockey: A former assistant coach sent an email to a prospective student-athlete believing that she was a 2013 high school graduate.

• Men's tennis: A high school football coach and friend of the tennis program's head coach stopped by the tennis training facility unannounced with an assistant coach and four prospective student-athletes during a dead period.

• Women's hockey: A former assistant coach inadvertently sent an email to a 2014 prospective student-athlete when the prospect was mistakenly entered into the recruiting database by the previous coaching staff as a 2013 graduate.

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