NCAA OKs extra coaches for bowl, recruiting at OSU

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Chris Rogers, assistant athletic director for compliance at Ohio State, said in an email that the school has taken steps to ensure that it does not exceed the number of coaches working on either the bowl game or recruiting.

“As is common in situations where coaching staff changes occur prior to postseason competition, the institution filed a waiver with the NCAA to allow incoming coaching staff members to engage in recruiting activities only, while outgoing coaching staff members engage in on-field coaching activities,” he said. “Incoming coaching staff members have been added to the institution’s list of permissible recruiting coaches as they have been hired. At no point in time has the institution been over the permissible limit of on-field coaches or recruiting coaches.”

Ohio State is still awaiting final word from the NCAA on its sanctions for several problems over the past year. Tressel was forced out after it was revealed that he knew players had likely broken NCAA rules by accepting improper benefits from the subject of a federal drug-trafficking probe. Several players were also suspended for taking the money and tattoos.

In subsequent revelations, players were suspended for accepting envelopes filled with $200 for attending a charity event in suburban Cleveland, and other players were overpaid for summer jobs.

The NCAA has charged Ohio State with “failure to monitor” its athletic program as a result of the ongoing problems.

Yet the NCAA officially approved Ohio State’s request for the waiver in a tersely worded decision on Dec. 7.

Under the heading “Decision” is the word “Approved.” Under “Conditions” the NCAA offered the limitations on the number of coaches who can be involved in recruiting.

The NCAA cited “extenuating circumstances surrounding the changes in coaching personnel and the timing of the bowl game” as the rationale for its decision to permit Ohio State to exceed the number of allowable coaches on staff.

Smith also confirmed on Friday that Iowa State assistant Tom Herman would be joining Meyer’s staff as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

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AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Ann Arbor, Mich., and AP Writer David Mercer in Champaign, Ill., contributed to this report.

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