According to ex- wide receiver Ray Small, selling memorabilia and taking agreements on cars were part of the existence of Ohio State football players.
From 2006 to 2010 Ray Small played for the Buckeyes, informed student newspaper of Ohio State “The Lantern” that he sold his Big Ten championship rings for money and that rules ‘infringements at the school were ordinary.
Small said, “They have a lot (of dirt) on everybody, ‘cause everybody was doing it.”
Financial worries were the enthusiasm for the deals, which disobey NCAA rules for getting impermissible advantages. Ray Small was not occupied in the study that guided to Terrelle Pryor and four other players being suspended for the first five games of 2011.
Small said, “I had sold my things but it was just for the money. At that time in college, you’re kind of struggling.”
“We have apartments, car notes. So you got things like that and you look around and you’re like, ‘Well I got (four) of them, I can sell one or two and get some money to pay this rent.”
The greatest transactions were the ones players got on cars from local dealerships. The school is studying the buy of automobiles by athletes.
Small said, “(People say) ‘Oh you got a deal, it’s because you’re an athlete. Playing of Ohio State definitely helps. But I know a lot of people that do nothing and get deals on their cars.”
According to Small, the players were learned concerning the NCAA rules. But it did not end the infringements’. “They explain the rules to you, but as a kid you’re not really listening to all of them rules. You go out and you just, people show you so much love, you don’t even think about the rules. You’re just like ‘Ah man, it’s cool.’ You take it, and next thing you know the NCAA is down you back.”
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