- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2011

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) - The NCAA suspended Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey for five more games Friday and three other Buckeyes for one game for taking too much money for a summer job.

Offensive lineman Marcus Hall, defensive lineman Melvin Fellows and last year’s leading rusher, Daniel Herron, will miss one game and must repay benefits after receiving pay for work not performed from booster Bobby DiGeronimo, who has been banned from any further contact with Ohio State athletes.

Posey was overpaid $728. Herron and Fellows both accepted approximately $290 in excess pay while Hall received $230 in overpayment.

Posey and Herron already had been suspended five games for accepting cash and tattoos from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.

Posey, the Buckeyes’ leading returning receiver, will not be able to play until Nov. 19 against Penn State. The others will be available at Illinois a week from Saturday, although Fellows is out with a medical issue.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called the penalty against Posey “harsh.”

“I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey,” Smith said in a statement. “This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five-game suspension already served by this student-athlete.”

In its decision, the NCAA noted the overpayment occurred over an extended period of time.

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