Ohio State declines to give info on Pryor, mentor

Reflecting on those words on Friday, Lynch said, “As is abundantly clear, the context and the use of the quotation marks in this personnel review demonstrate that the comment was a colloquial way of describing Doug Archie’s performance. It underlies the fact that Doug has built an excellent compliance program, and he continues to work hard _ and be effective _ in ensuring that the athletics program complies with university, Big Ten and NCAA rules and regulations.”

Smith also received glowing reviews after his annual meeting with Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee.

In his most recent evaluation, in August 2010, Gee said of Smith, “You are doing an excellent job leading the department of athletics and achieving national prominence.” Gee also wrote that he considered Smith “a role model for leaders.”

In related news on Friday, Edward Rife, the Columbus tattoo-parlor owner, was charged in federal court with drug trafficking and money laundering.


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