Ohio State fans are beginning to wonder how many more cleats are going to drop. Yet another former OSU football player, WR Ray Small, has come out alleging football players received improper benefits and that the situation is widespread.
The OSU Student newspaper, The Lantern published statements by Small today, including this one:
“They have a lot (of dirt) on everybody,” Small said, “cause everybody was doing it.”
Small further confesses in the Lantern piece that he personally sold memorabilia such as championship rings and that “car deals” were fairly commonplace.
Small’s comments come on the eve of a reported article by Sports Illustrated which is slated to be released in their next issue. Possibly more disturbing than Small’s comments are the Tweets in reaction by other former players. Some seem to suggest that Small should have just kept quiet while others deny any wrongdoing.
It’s becoming apparent that something is amiss in Columbus and that the OSU athletic administration has not been entirely forthcoming, at least publicly, in disclosing the full scope of the problems they are dealing with. Whether or not these new public allegations are new to the NCAA as well is unknown. If they have been double-dealing with the investigators from Indianapolis, the entire Ohio State athletic program could be in jeopardy.