Michigan bans man linked to OSU scandal

Archrivals Ohio State and Michigan can agree on this: neither program wants Dennis Talbott around.

You might remember Talbott from the "Outside the Lines" report in June that detailed his relationship with former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. A former friend of Pryor's told OTL that Talbott repeatedly paid Pryor for autographed memorabilia items, a claim Talbott denied.

Talbott also is a freelance photographer who took pictures at Ohio State games until the school revoked his credentials.

No longer able to work at The Shoe, Talbott made his way to the Big House. He obtained a credential for Michigan's season opener Sept. 3 against Western Michigan and shot pictures from the sideline.

Michigan on Tuesday banned Talbott from working future games and said his approach to gaining a sideline credential was shady. The outlet for which Talbott worked, This Week in Football, also had its credentials revoked.

"I actually spoke to him and told him he would no longer be credentialed," Dave Ablauf, Michigan senior associate athletic director for media and public relations, told ESPN.com. "He came in under a different name than what we were familiar with. Had the name I knew popped up, I wouldn't have credentialed him."

Ablauf added that he "felt we were deceived" by Talbott.

Other Big Ten schools likely will take notice. In times such as these, you can't take any chances.

As for Talbott's photography pursuits? Hey, there's always the MAC.