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.