July 1, 2016

Mostly clear

OSU football: Miller cleared of breaking NCAA bylaws

COLUMBUS — After an investigation, Ohio State has determined star quarterback Braxton Miller did not profit from the sale of items he signed at a Big Ten preseason kickoff luncheon.

Athletic director Gene Smith said Wednesday the university talked to Miller after someone offered autographs and signed memorabilia for sale online without the junior’s knowledge.

He said Miller had been cleared of breaking any NCAA bylaws.

“We’ve already looked at it,” Smith said. “There’s no issue there.”

ESPN has reported the NCAA is looking into whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, was paid for signing hundreds of autographs in January. Those also appeared for sale online.

Asked if Miller had profited in any way from signing the items, Smith replied, ““No. No. There’s nothing. But we’re not the only school — there’s a bunch of athletes up there and I’m sure (those schools) are all checking.”

Miller was not available to speak with reporters after Ohio State’s practice on Wednesday. A message seeking comment from coach Urban Meyer was left by The Associated Press with team spokesman Jerry Emig.

Miller will be a third-year starter for the Buckeyes. He led them to a 12-0 record a year ago when Ohio State was banned from a bowl game because of NCAA violations stemming from a signed memorabilia scandal two years ago that rocked the program. Ohio State is still on NCAA probation for those problems, which took place when Jim Tressel was coach.