Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/3/11

Ohio State A.D. Gene Smith announced today that further violations have been discovered and that three college football players have been declared ineligible for this weekend’s game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Those players are Marcus Hall, DeVier Posey and Daniel Herron. The university has submitted a request for reinstatement on behalf of each student-athlete, but it is anticipated that each will sit out at least the game this weekend.

It was previously thought that Posey, the team’s best wideout by a large margin, and Boom Herron, the man who should’ve been the team’s featured tailback in 2011, would be back last week versus the Spartans.

Then it was thought they would return this week versus the Huskers. Not so, and there’s more problems for the Buckeyes in an already a troublesome season.

“As we have previously disclosed, the university and the NCAA were not able to finish investigating all of the areas before the university’s August hearing with the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions,” Smith said.

“Upon receiving the necessary records from outside parties and conducting a few additional interviews, the university and the NCAA enforcement staff have jointly determined that violations did occur.  The violations that have affected the eligibility of these three players relate to their overpayment while being employed with companies associated with Robert DiGeronimo, an individual who was recently disassociated by the university as a result of several student athletes receiving extra benefits surrounding a charity event in February.”

The Buckeyes offense looks like a total train wreck right now- especially at the quarterback and offensive line positions.

Having to go without their key personnel for longer, and playing the Huskers at the wrong time won’t help.

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