Ohio State men's basketball team reports one minor NCAA violation

Adam Jardy
March Madness branded basketballs sit on a rack during an open team practice in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch]

The Ohio State men’s basketball team self-reported one minor NCAA violation for the 2018-19 school year according to a public records request submitted by The Dispatch last month and made available today.

The incident, which was submitted Nov. 26, 2018, involved players putting in time with an unidentified local trainer during the summer of 2018. According to the report, two current members of the team received free or below-cost workouts. One of them paid half of the standard $50 cost for an off-campus workout, while another worked out with the trainer on campus and alongside a student-athlete from a different institution and didn’t pay his $25 share of the fee.

While that latter workout was taking place, a member of the coaching staff stopped in to say hello and was present for less than five minutes while he was warming up. A member of the program’s video staff was also present, filming the workout for the trainer who had also posted images and videos of himself working out current members of the team to his social media channels.

As a result, Ohio State declared the two athletes ineligible until they repaid the value of what was deemed their impermissible benefit to a charity. They did so and were reinstated.

The unidentified trainer was contacted by the university and notified of the rules regarding working with clients who are currently student-athletes as well as how he could promote his services. The trainer removed images from social media that included the current athletes and was barred from the program from using its facilities to assist with workouts for anyone other than former Ohio State student-athletes. The same goes for the member of the men’s basketball program’s video staff, who can only film workouts of former student-athletes.

Ultimately, the university concluded that after the players repaid the amount in question that no further disciplinary action was deemed necessary for the program because the violation was inadvertent and provided no recruiting advantage.

The coaching staff was provided information on how to avoid such incidents in the future, and the player who worked out on campus as well as the assistant coach who said hello to him were docked 30 minutes of countable athletically related activities.

In April of 2018, the program self-reported three minor violations stemming from a September, 2017, recruiting visit. You can read about that here.


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