Tuesday, January 2

Ohio State football players cleared of violation

Next Monday night, the Ohio State Buckeyes will compete for the NCAA college football championship against the Florida Gators in the BCS Championship bowl.

To help the families of four players travel to Arizona for the game, several people organized a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on December 23rd. According to the Associated Press, starting tailback Antonio Pittman and his backup, Chris Wells were at the dinner. However, they left midway through after Paulette Wells, Chris Wells' mother, called Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman to ask whether it might violate NCAA bylaws.

My guess is that the coach flipped out and scream something along the lines of "Get your butts the heck out of there!" Almost 100 people at $8 per person attended the fundraiser. Dawn Stiggers-Ferguson, a friend of one player's family and the fundraiser organizer, first said the money would go instead to local youth football organizations. But in a statement last week, she said the event lost money because of the cost of food and supplies.

An Ohio State investigation has concluded no NCAA rules violations occurred and the players will not be suspended. However, I on the other hand, have some serious questions for Dawn on how she spent more than $800 on spaghetti.

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