OSU Bowl Ban: Commitments React

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Taft senior Adolphus Washington

There have been plenty of rumors and much speculation about what the
NCAA would decide regarding the penalties to the Ohio State football
program. The
good news is that there is finally closure. The bad news is…


There have been plenty of rumors and much speculation about what the
NCAA would decide regarding the penalties to the Ohio State football
program.

The
good news is that there is finally closure. The bad news is the
decision includes not only a loss of nine total scholarships over the
next three years, but a bowl ban for the 2012 season.

So with today’s news, Bucknuts.com has reaction from many of Ohio
State’s commitments, or in a few cases the parent or coach of the
commitment. The question asked was: Does the NCAA decision change your
thinking at all about your commitment to Ohio State?

DE Noah Spence:
“No, not at all. He’s already committed,” said Noah’s father Greg
Spence. “My son told me he is still very much committed to The Ohio
State University. We are not just committed for the next four years,
but the next 40 years. Coach (Urban) Meyer is like family to us.”

DB Tyvis Powell: “I committed when it first happened. Why would I leave now? I’m a Buckeye no matter what!”

OL/DL Pat Elflein: “No, not at all. Ohio State all the way. Go Bucks.”

TE Blake Thomas: “Doesn’t change my commitment. I was ready for it. I will have many more chances to win bowls.”

LB Luke Roberts:
“No, not at all. I’m obviously a little disappointed about the whole
situation, but hey, that’s life. You have to play the hand you are
dealt. Ohio State will be stronger than ever after this.”

RB Warren Ball: “No sir, it doesn’t change my commitment at all – still committed.”

DE Adolphus Washington: “I doubt it very seriously,” Adolphus Washington Sr., said. “I think he just wants to be a Buckeye.”

Also Adolphus Sr., added moments ago: “I just talked to Adolphus (Jr.). He said it doesn’t matter. He is 100% committed.”

WR Michael Thomas: “No it doesn’t change my commitment at
all. A few programs have tried to get in contact with me now that the
sanctions are coming out, but I am in a perfect situation going to Ohio
State. I just have to take advantage of the opportunity in front of me
and never become content. And me and my family are looking at the bigger
picture. So I wouldn’t even think twice about my decision, and I thank
God for blessing me with this opportunity. We will shock the world.”

DE Se’Von Pittman: “Se’Von and I are getting together in
the morning to give coach Meyer a call,” Canton McKinley coach Ron
Johnson said. “But everything is fine. I don’t anticipate any
problems.”

DL Tommy Schutt: “I’m still very excited to be part of the Buckeye nation.”

DB Devan Bogard: “Well, basically I’m not surprised about the sanctions. So we’re just going to live with the repercussions and move on.”

DB Najee Murray: “It really doesn’t bother me. I’m a Buckeye no matter what. But I was a little shocked once I heard this.”

Also, according to sources RB Brionte Dunn remains committed to Ohio State and plans to sign with the Buckeyes.

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