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OSU FOOTBALL Buckeyes' Smith in trouble again



Published: Thu, July 21, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Ohio State is investigating whether he broke another NCAA rule.

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio State is investigating whether quarterback Troy Smith broke another NCAA rule when he attended a football camp sponsored by Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair this summer.

Athletic department spokesman Steve Snapp said on Wednesday that the school's compliance office is investigating Smith's attendance at the camp. Snapp would not say if Smith violated any rule.

NCAA rules allow players to attend educational or charitable activities as long as they don't miss class and have written permission from the school's athletic director.

The rules also prohibit players from lending their names or images to commercial products that appear on promotional materials for these events, and any money from these appearances must go to the educational or charitable agency.

McNair holds annual camps in Nashville, Tenn., and Alcorn, Miss., where he played college football at Alcorn State. It is not clear which camp Smith attended.

First suspension

Last year, Ohio State suspended Smith from the Alamo Bowl for accepting about $500 from a team booster. After a lengthy NCAA investigation, Smith also was forced to make restitution to a charity and sit out the team's 2005 season opener against Miami (Ohio).

Smith's status for the rest of the upcoming season hasn't changed, Snapp said.

A message seeking comment was left with the NCAA. Contacted by phone at her Cleveland house, Smith's mother, Tracy Smith, declined comment.

Smith's transgression with the booster was one of nine charges levied by the NCAA against Ohio State in May. Seven involved the men's basketball program.

Another NCAA finding involves an orthodontist accused of providing free and discounted services to five women's basketball players.

Ohio State has until Tuesday to respond to the allegations -- basically elaborating on questions unearthed during the lengthy NCAA investigation.

A hearing in front of the NCAA infractions committee is scheduled for October.




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