COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NCAA investigation into Ohio State's football program has cost the school's athletic department $800,000.
OSU Athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the figure on Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. The Buckeyes football program has been embroiled in a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that broke late last year and has resulted in coach Jim Tressel losing his job after 10 years. Star quarterback Terrelle Pryor also has left the school.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's higher education chief has released details of a program for easing regulations on public universities if they agree to give up some state money.
Chancellor Jim Petro posted his proposal online Wednesday for creating semi-private enterprise or charter universities. He has scheduled a question-and-answer session with administrators and reporters Thursday.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Authorities say a Florida woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in a scam that collected $2 million from Ohio residents who believed they were donating to a fund for U.S. Navy veterans.
Blanca Contreras of Tampa was sentenced Wednesday in Cleveland on earlier pleas to theft, money laundering and other charges. Attorney general's spokesman Dan Tierney says she handled nearly $475,000 in Ohio donations for the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Investigators say little, if any, of the money was used to benefit veterans.