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COLLEGE FOOTBALL OSU coach reprimanded for helping recruit get tutor



Published: Fri, February 18, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Offensive coordinator Jim Bollman also tried to arrange for a car and a loan.

COLUMBUS (AP) -- An assistant football coach was reprimanded by Ohio State for trying to arrange for a car and a loan for a recruit and getting him a tutor, The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday.

Ohio State placed a letter of reprimand in offensive coordinator's Jim Bollman's personnel file and also wrote a letter of admonishment for coach Jim Tressel, because Tressel is Bollman's supervisor.

The school determined that helping the recruit get a tutor for a college entrance exam was a secondary NCAA violation. Ohio State reported it to the NCAA, which declined to investigate, athletic director Andy Geiger told the Dispatch.

The name of the recruit was not in Bollman's file. Geiger told The Associated Press on Thursday that the recruit never played for Ohio State, but he declined to identify him.

Bollman and Tressel did not return messages seeking comment Thursday.

In a letter dated Feb. 23, 2003, Geiger wrote that Bollman's actions in summer 2002 "reflected poorly on our coaches and our institution and are not to be repeated. Understand that even inadvertent violations compromise the integrity of our athletic department."

Bollman was upset, and there have been no further violations, Geiger told the Dispatch.

NCAA investigated

The NCAA started investigating the football program in November after former running back Maurice Clarett said Tressel, his staff and school boosters arranged for him to get passing grades, money for bogus summer jobs, thousands of dollars in cash and loaner cars.

Starting quarterback Troy Smith was suspended from the Alamo Bowl in December for accepting money from a booster.

Geiger's letter said that Bollman called Nourse Auto Leasing and asked the dealer to help the recruit's family get a car.

The family did not get a car from the dealership, Bollman told the Dispatch.

Officials at Nourse's corporate office in Columbus did not return messages seeking comment Thursday.

A bank also contacted Bollman about a $3,000 loan that the recruit's family had applied for. Bollman said the family apparently used him as a reference and he told the bank that the recruit "was a good guy, but don't give him the loan just because he knows me."




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