Sentencing set for man linked to Ohio St scandal

A judge has set a sentencing date for the tattoo parlor owner
whose purchase of Ohio State memorabilia triggered a far-reaching
football scandal.

Edward Rife pleaded guilty in June to drug trafficking and money
laundering charges unrelated to the scandal.

It was while federal authorities were investigating Rife’s role
in a marijuana distribution plot that they discovered he’d been
buying Ohio State memorabilia from football players or giving them
discounts on tattoos for the items.

That discovery triggered an NCAA investigation, led to coach Jim
Tressel’s forced resignation and the departure of star quarterback
Terrelle Pryor.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost on Tuesday set an Oct.
26 sentencing date for Rife. Prosecutors have said his sentence
depends on his cooperation in an ongoing drug-trafficking
investigation.