Ray Small, a former wide receiver for the Ohio State Buckeyes, made statements to the school newspaper that he had sold his championship rings and other memorabilia for cash and received special car deals as a student athlete.
The Lantern reported that Small, who played for the Buckeyes from 2006-2010, said “everyone was doing it” on the team.
Five Buckeyes players are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia to the owner of a local tattoo parlor. That is considered an improper benefit under NCAA rules. Coach Jim Tressel also is suspended for five games and is under investigation by the NCAA for knowing about his players’ involvement and not telling his superiors for more than nine months.
“We had four Big Ten rings,” said Smalls. “There was enough to go around.”