OSU booster: I'm responsible for violations

Associated PressSeptember 15, 2011 

— A booster says he's responsible for envelopes containing $200 in cash given to three Ohio State football players that led the NCAA to suspend them for two games apiece, a newspaper is reporting.

Robert "Bobby" DiGeronimo told The Columbus Dispatch that he was behind former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor giving the three players the envelopes.

Says DiGeronimo: "I handled it wrong."

The NCAA suspended the players - tailback Jordan Hall and cornerback Travis Howard, both set to start Ohio State's opening game, and backup safety Corey Brown - for accepting improper benefits.

They were reinstated on Tuesday and could play in the 17th-ranked Buckeyes' game on Saturday at Miami.

Pryor, the focus of an NCAA investigation, left the team this summer and is now with the NFL's Oakland Raiders.

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Big East: Two games into the season, the Big East has some of the country's top backs.

Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead is averaging 11.5 yards per carry, the most in the nation among backs with 20 attempts. Pittsburgh's Ray Graham leads the nation with an average of 161 yards per game. Connecticut redshirt freshman Lyle McCombs has a pair of 100-yard games as a fill-in.

Florida State: Athletic director Randy Spetman says that though the university is keeping a watchful eye on the changing landscape of collegiate athletics, the Seminoles are comfortable in the ACC.

Spetman downplayed brief "informal discussions" some trustees had about possible conference realignments at the end of last week's board meeting.

Memphis: Defensive coordinator Jay Hopson resigned after being told he would be reassigned to a new position.

The Tigers (0-2) have allowed a Football Bowl Subdivision-worst 628 average yards on defense in a 47-3 loss to Arkansas State on Saturday and a 59-14 loss to Mississippi State on Sept. 1.

SEC: The SEC once was known for its run-first attacks and strong defenses, but now more teams are implementing up-tempo, spread and no-huddle schemes designed to give offenses as many scoring opportunities as possible.

Some startling developments: Seven SEC teams are averaging 40 or more points per game. Arkansas has scored 103 points, the Razorbacks' highest total through two games since 1911. The 87 combined points in South Carolina's 45-42 win over Georgia were the most in the series' history.

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