Mailbox: Ohio State should have asterisk removed; and did Quinn Ewers pay his taxes?
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On Ohio State football
To Brian: Even after severe sanctions for cheating, SMU football still kept on paying their players and was finally given the death penalty, but not one of those wins by that team using all those paid players for so long was ever vacated. In 2010, Ohio State had a few players sell their own items and ended up with all 12 wins that season being vacated, including the Sugar Bowl which the NCAA told OSU to use those players in after knowing of the violations. It's time those 12 wins be restored and that asterisk removed.
Dennis Singleton, Dayton
To Dennis: I can't answer for the SMU scandal, but what Ohio State's players did was against NCAA rules in 2010 and is against NCAA rules now. So I don't anticipate the NCAA apologizing.
To the editor: Good article on not just Steele Chambers, but also about the new coach and the whole defensive scheme. Good nuts and bolts stuff.
To Bill: All the credit there goes to our Bill Rabinowitz, who continues to ask good questions and provide good depth to what is going on with the OSU football team.
On NIL and taxes
Dear Mr. White: April 18 was tax day not only for millions of normal wage-earning Americans but also for a new breed of filers: Name, image and likeness college athletes. (My initial thought: Did Quinn Ewers remember to file an Ohio state tax return for monies received in 2021 while holding down the job of quarterback No. 3 for the Buckeyes? My guess is: yes.)
While I’ve never received a Form 1099 for $1 million in recognition of my work as a pitchman for Big Al’s Chevrolet in East Lansing/Tuscaloosa/ Norman/College Station, I’ll bet it would gets one’s full attention. (Note to self: please tell me I left $300,000 or so of dry powder to satisfy my tax obligations, you know, before I bought the Hummer and parked the rest in Bitcoin.) Assuming everyone acted prudently, April 18 produced two windfalls: one for government revenue agencies at all levels, and a second for the battalion of CPAs that headline-averse university athletic departments had to hire to battle the complexities of the tax code. After all, one headline they want to avoid: “On eve of big game vs. Tech, State quarterback indicted for income tax evasion.”
Jon Armstrong, Columbus