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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Ohio State looks into dental work accusations

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posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 10:30 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State is investigating allegations that a booster provided free dental work to members of the women's basketball team, athletic director Andy Geiger said Thursday night.

Geiger said no current members of the second-ranked Buckeyes are in danger of being declared ineligible, and that an investigation was under way into whether NCAA rules were violated.

An orthodontist may have done work on players but failed to bill their insurance companies, Geiger said. He would not specify when the alleged infraction took place.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Friday that Geiger said two current players received invoices from an orthodontist saying they owed nothing, and the players assumed their insurance had paid for the work. Geiger said three or four other players over the past five years could also haven been involved.

The school reported the situation to the NCAA, which approved continued eligibility for the two current players, Geiger said.

"It's in hand. We're looking at it," Geiger told The Associated Press.

The school's athletic department has faced a series of NCAA investigations into its football and men's basketball programs over the past three years.

Ohio State suspended former star running Maurice Clarett following the 2002 season for lying to investigators during an NCAA probe of allegations that he received improper benefits from a family friend.

In December, the school imposed a one-year postseason tournament ban on its men's basketball team over an alleged $6,000 payment to a recruit by former coach Jim O'Brien.

Also in football, quarterback Troy Smith was suspended for the Alamo Bowl for accepting benefits from a booster.



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