Last week, we all got a good laugh at many of the 46 NCAA violations the Ohio State athletic department had committed in the last year. But wait, there’s more! From the Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper:
Smith told The Lantern Tuesday the athletic department has 12 pending NCAA violations, and he doesn’t know if they will be deemed primary or secondary violations.
“We’ve got 12 pending,” Smith said. “It may turn out to be secondary. It may not.”
Did an assistant track coach give a recruit a quarter to use a pay phone? Maybe the fencing coach said ‘thank you’ to a cashier at a grocery store and didn’t know said cashier was the best fencer in the state of Ohio? Let’s be honest – unless it involves Urban Meyer, nobody’s going to care, secondary or otherwise. But it would be remiss of us not to highlight the quotes from inept AD Gene Smith:
“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said during the Tuesday interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.
“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would, because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes — something’s not right.”
I’m sure Smith will get to the bottom of whatever is “not right.”