AD says university did nothing wrong

11/26/2004 - Ohio State Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Claims by more former Ohio State football players that tutors wrote papers for them and fans arranged easy jobs don't indicate NCAA violations because the university didn't sanction or arrange the help, an athletics department spokesman said Friday.

The son of a former Buckeyes assistant coach, an Academic All-Big Ten selection and a current NFL player spoke to ESPN about tutors doing classwork for members of the team and of a booster culture that spawned "$100 handshakes" and high-paying, low-effort summer jobs.

Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he is not concerned by the latest allegations.

"If these guys cheated, then that's an issue for internal review within the university," Geiger said in an interview Thursday night. "... I read the story [story that first appeared Wednesday on ESPN.com] carefully. There was not a single allegation of wrongdoing on the part of the university, that I saw."

Former Buckeyes linebacker Fred Pagac Jr., whose father Fred Sr. was an assistant coach at Ohio State for 19 years, told ESPN, "There are always people who will help you and cross the line. I've personally seen it happen. You had tutors who if you asked them for help writing a paper they'd end up writing it. You'd go in and ask help about specifics, and then it would end up getting written."

Jack Tucker, an Academic All-Big Ten selection at fullback, also believes tutors complete homework for football players. "Absolutely," he says. "For someone to think it doesn't [happen], they're crazy."

Former wide receiver Drew Carter, now with the Carolina Panthers, describes a culture in which football players would find a "hook-up" -- a tutor who does their homework for them or a booster who provides an easy, high-paying job -- and pass the information to their teammates. "Someone would be like, 'Man I got a paper due' and teammates would be like, 'Go to this guy,' " Carter says. "He'd write out a rough draft and say, 'Here, do it for yourself.' "

Geiger, however, told the Plain Dealer that his review of the claims showed no wrongdoing by the university.

"There certainly is no allegation that any of whatever they claim they did or was done for others was arranged by us," Geiger told the newspaper. "I didn't see anything to worry about."

Geiger previously described previous players who backed Clarett's allegations as "colossal failures."

That statement, in part, motivated Carter to speak out.

"That's why Ohio State is being afraid -- because if other people, legit people, like Freddie and Jack and myself, say stuff, then they'll be like, 'Oh no.' "

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.