Report: Posey, Herron may miss extra time

Ohio State's offense has been abysmal, but the Buckeyes at least could look forward to this week when three offensive starters return, including running back Dan Herron and receiver DeVier Posey.

Or can they?

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Herron and Posey may have to sit out at least one more game instead of returning this week for the Nebraska road contest. (Fellow suspended players Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas would still be cleared this week).

From Tim May's story:

"A separate probe by the NCAA into Herron and Posey apparently showed they may have received improper benefits in terms of alleged inflated remuneration while working summer jobs in the Cleveland area. It could mean at least one more game of suspension for Herron, for whom the benefits was said to be in the $200 to $400 range, and perhaps multiple games for Posey, for whom the benefit was said to be about $500.

"Sources said both refuted the charges. Herron, a source said, produced evidence that he thought showed he had received no improper benefit."

The latest potential problems are related to booster Robert “Bobby” DiGeronimo, who admitted to giving $200 each at a charity event to Buckeyes running back Jordan Hall, cornerback Travis Howard and safety Corey Brown. All three were suspended for the first two games of the season.

The Dispatch story says DiGeronimo's company, Independence Excavating, employed Herron and Posey as part-time summer employees in a program many Ohio State athletes have participated in over the years. The story says the NCAA may have found discrepancies between what Herron and Posey were paid and what they should have been paid for their work.

The Buckeyes have called a news conference for 3:30 p.m. this afternoon with athletic director Gene Smith "to discuss developments in Ohio State’s case with the NCAA." We'll keep you posted.