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NCAA Defends Rulings In Ohio State & Auburn Cases

(Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

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The NCAA defended its recent rulings in violations cases involving Ohio State and Auburn, saying it does not play favorites or make decisions based on financial considerations.

The NCAA posted a statement on its website Wednesday responding to its critics. It says “the notion that the NCAA is selective with its eligibility decisions and rules enforcement is another myth with no basis in fact.

“Money is not a motivator or factor as to why one school would get a particular decision versus another. Any insinuation that revenue from bowl games in particular would influence NCAA decisions is absurd, because schools and conferences receive that revenue, not the NCAA.”

Last week, the NCAA suspended five Ohio State players for five games next season, but allowed them to play in the upcoming Sugar Bowl.