COLUMBUS: Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith clarified a published report Thursday by emphatically stating the Buckeyes are not facing any major NCAA violations.
In a story published by OSU's student newspaper today, Smith told The Lantern that the athletic department is in the process of reporting 12 violations to the NCAA. He is quoted as saying the infractions "may turn out to be secondary. It may not."
"Contrary to reports attributed to me, Ohio State Athletics is not facing any major NCAA violations," Smith said. "There are several secondary violations being processed by our compliance office. These are similar to those released last week. 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."
Ohio State last week released a list of 46 secondary violations committed over the past year. Secondary violations are by definition inadvertent in nature.