Published Thu, Nov 10, 2011 4:38 pm Dateline
Ohio State University says it's reducing its football scholarships by five over three years as part of a self-imposed punishment in response to allegations about a booster's misdeeds.
The university on Thursday informed the NCAA of its decision as part of material it submitted to the college sports governing body, which is weighing potential punishments for Ohio State.
The university says former booster Robert DiGeronimo arranged cash payments of $200 to four current or former players at a Cleveland sports banquet earlier this year.
The university says DiGeronimo also overpaid five players by $1,605 while they were working for businesses owned and operated by the DiGeronimo family.
Ohio State acknowledges it should have done more to monitor DiGeronimo's activities.