Players leave fund-raiser over NCAA concerns

Updated: December 24, 2006, 10:14 PM ET
Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio -- Two Ohio State football players left a fund-raiser to help their families attend the upcoming Tostitos BCS Championship Game because of concerns the benefit violated NCAA rules.

Running backs Antonio Pittman and Chris Wells were at the spaghetti dinner fund-raiser Saturday night in Akron when Wells' mother called Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman to explain the situation.

Bollman told the Akron Beacon Journal that he informed her that NCAA rules do not allow benefit dinners for players' families, and he advised her to have Wells and Pittman leave.

Bollman said he didn't know if the players could get in trouble.

Event organizers said the money instead will go to two local pee wee football associations.

A message seeking comment was left with the NCAA.


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