Ohio State Football: Are violations getting nit-picky considering Cam Newton?
Look, I'll be the first to admit I have no clue what a tattoo costs these days. But I'm willing to wager that, collectively, since it appears that Ohio State leads the league -- if not the country -- in being tatted up, I'll guess they spent in the thousands (if not tens of thousands).
That's combined. For all players.
But you have to wonder about NCAA rules and justice as it relates to Auburn's Cam Newton. Cam's dad, Cecil, was allegedly shopping his kid for 180-large. Cam's playing in the BCS title game on Jan. 10. Ohio State might have a handful of players sitting out the Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.
It all comes down to the NCAA's infamous improper benefits rule. The rulebook is thicker than my telephone book, but basically the improper benefits rule can be explained like this: You or I couldn't walk into a Columbus tattoo parlor with an autographed picture of ourselves and trade it for a free tat. They'd laugh us out of the place.
Football players from THE Ohio State University can, however, by taking advantage of their notoriety and status -- and allegedly did.
That's a no-no.
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