Bad ink? Buckeyes face scrutiny over tattoos
WBNS-TV and The Columbus Dispatch, both citing unidentified sources, reported on their websites Wednesday night that the school was looking into the possible NCAA violations just two weeks before the Buckeyes face Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, not mentioned in either report, quickly responded on Twitter.
“I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks” he posted.
The Associated Press left telephone, text and e-mail messages seeking comment from coach Jim Tressel, athletic director Gene Smith, the school’s compliance director and other university officials.
Asked by the AP to respond to the allegations, Ohio State associate athletic director Dan Wallenberg said in an e-mail, “No information to share.”
Team spokeswoman Shelly Pryor said after Tuesday’s practice that each player was eligible for the bowl. She said she was unaware of any NCAA investigation.
The Buckeyes have several days off before reporting back to campus on Sunday night. They practice Monday and Tuesday before flying to New Orleans for the BCS bowl game on Dec. 29.
Pointsetta Bowl is all wet
Navy might want to bring a dry dock.
San Diego State could pitch in with some bilge pumps.
The two teams are scheduled to play in the Poinsettia Bowl tonight at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, where several days of heavy rain left the field under several inches of water just more than 24 hours before kickoff.
“We have every intention of kicking off at 5:06 p.m. (7:06 p.m. CST),” executive director Bruce Binkowski told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “The stadium grounds crew work will work round the clock to make sure they get in the game.”
On Wednesday afternoon, the tarp covering the field looked more like a pool cover. The field appeared to be under perhaps 10 inches or more of muddy water.
A large portion of the parking lot flooded as well, which could cause problems for the expected crowd of 51,000. The parking lot is next to the San Diego River, which overflows every time it rains hard.
It rained so hard Tuesday that Navy and SDSU practiced in hotel ballrooms. SDSU held its Wednesday walkthrough on campus while Navy found a nearby high school.
with a turf field.
The soaking wet conditions left coaches Ken Niumatalolo of Navy and Brady Hoke of San Diego State vowing to splash through the mud, if that’s what it takes.
“Sometimes college football has become big business but these are young men that grew up playing football in the backyard when it was raining,” Niumatalolo said. “We’re excited to strap it on anytime. For our seniors, this is going to be the last time for them to do this.
“Plus we’ve been practicing on a ballroom carpet, so I think the carryover is going to be minimal.”
Hoke agreed, especially since the Aztecs are playing in their first bowl since 1998.
“That’s part of football and part of what we’ve all grown up and played in that weather and had fun in that weather,” Hoke said. “We plan to have fun again tomorrow night.”
Soggy or not, it should be a better matchup than the longer-established Holiday Bowl, which will offer up a rematch between Washington and Nebraska in one week.
Navy (9-3) is coming off a 31-17 win against Army. SDSU (8-4) has enjoyed a turnaround under Hoke, the second-year coach who has instilled a sense of toughness that didn’t exist under previous coaches Chuck Long and Tom Craft.
Hoke said practicing inside didn’t hurt the Aztecs’ preparation for Navy’s triple option, which is led by quarterback Ricky Dobbs.