Report: Ohio State Players Received $14K, SUV In Trades

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A newspaper has reported that several Buckeye players traded dozens of items to the owner of a tattoo parlor, receiving tattoos, $14,000, and in one case a sport-utility vehicle.

The report by The Columbus Dispatch says it obtained a letter Thursday that was sent from the U.S. Department of Justice to Ohio State officials in December. The document lists 36 items that players are said to have sold to Eddie Rife or traded for tattoos since 2008.

The newspaper reports that investigators say one player received a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, purchased by Rife for $3,500, in exchange for a watch and passes to the 2010 Rose Bowl.

Only a portion of the transactions were deemed violations by the NCAA, and five players have been suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season. A related NCAA investigation into coach Jim Tressel continues.

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    I’m shocked!
    It took until 2011 to ask the question “how are they paying for all that ink?”

    There, certainly, aren’t bigger problems for the NCAA. Shocked.

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