3 suspended OSU players reinstated by NCAA

By RUSTY MILLER | September 13, 2011 | 5:05 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The NCAA has reinstated three Ohio State players who were suspended for accepting $200 in cash for attending a charity event earlier this year.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the reinstatement to The Associated Press.

Tailback Jordan Hall and cornerback Travis Howard, tabbed as starters for the Buckeyes' season-opener, along with backup safety Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown, had been suspended two games for violating NCAA rules by taking the improper benefits at an event in suburban Cleveland in February.

The 17th-ranked Buckeyes' play at Miami on Saturday.