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Buckeye football notebook: NCAA investigation has cost OSU $800K

Here’s a look at some of the recent Ohio State football happenings.

NCAA investigation costs OSU $800K

To this point, the Ohio State athletic department has spent $800,000 during the NCAA’s investigation into the football program, according to an Associated Press report.

Athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the amount in a Wednesday email to the AP.

OSU director of media relations Jim Lynch did not respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment.

Pryor’s draft status remains unclear as NFL Supplemental Draft date nears

One thing is certain: The 2011 NFL supplemental draft with take place on Aug. 17. But as the date nears, former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s draft eligibility remains uncertain.

After withdrawing from the university on June 7, Pryor has sought to gain eligibility for the supplemental draft. More than two months later, Pryor still has not been declared eligible by the NFL.

Pryor has canceled a Friday pro day workout due to the uncertainty around his draft eligibility, according to multiple reports.

Drew Rosenhaus, Pryor’s agent, tweeted from his Twitter account, @RosenhausSports, on Tuesday: “We spoke with the NFL today and were told that no decision has been made yet regarding Terrelle’s eligibility for the supplemental draft.”

Wristbands honoring Jim Tressel taken from football freshmen

OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed to The Lantern that black wristbands inscribed with the letters “JT” were taken from freshman members of the football team.

Players fashioned the wristbands, which were created to honor former coach Jim Tressel, at a recent press conference. The wristbands were later taken due to NCAA compliance concerns regarding their distribution.

Emig said it was a cautionary move to get the wristbands back and that each player was reimbursed for the price they paid for the bands.

Countdown to kickoff

Luke Fickell led the Buckeyes into their first practice of the 2011 season Monday. As of Thursday, just 23 days remain until OSU’s season-opening contest on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium against the Akron Zips.

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