Columbus, OH – Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey has been suspended five games for receiving hundreds of dollars for work not performed, the NCAA said Friday, reducing his season to a possible two games.
Posey had already been suspended for the first five games this season following a memorabilia scandal involving the owner of a local tattoo parlor, meaning the earliest he could play is a November 19 game against Penn State.
Three other Buckeyes players -- running back Daniel Herron, offensive lineman Marcus Hall and defensive end Melvin Fellows -- were suspended one game for similar reasons on Friday.
All the players must repay the benefits. Posey received approximately $720 from a booster for work not performed and accepted about $100 in golf fees from another person -- a preferential treatment violation -- according to the NCAA.
Meanwhile, the NCAA said Herron and Fellows accepted about $290 in excess pay, and Hall received $230. The excess payments occurred over an extended period of time, the NCAA said.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith addressed the matter on Monday, announcing that Posey, Herron and Hall would not play in Saturday's game at No. 14 Nebraska and could be suspended even longer.
But as it turned out, only Posey received a longer suspension.
"I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA's decision regarding DeVier Posey," Smith said in a statement. "This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five-game suspension already served by this student- athlete."
Herron was also among the Buckeyes players suspended for the first five games of the season due to the scandal that led to the resignation of longtime head coach Jim Tressel and caused quarterback Terrelle Pryor to leave college for the NFL.
However, last weekend's loss to Michigan State was Ohio State's fifth contest of the season.
Of the players suspended Friday, all but Posey and Fellows, who is out on a medical hardship, will be eligible to play November 5 at Illinois.