More than 40 players from several Big Ten schools have been arrested in a scheme to steal championship games in a series of high-profile schemes in which they would receive cash and other rewards for handing over the coveted tickets.
The NCAA on Monday announced the arrests of three players from Ohio State, two from Michigan and one from Penn State.
The three players are not listed in the NCAA’s database of suspected violators of the college football ticket theft rule.
The three players arrested are freshmen quarterback Zach Etienne, defensive lineman Michael Richey and defensive back Ryan Kelly.
They are being held at the Marion County Jail in Marion, Indiana.
The players allegedly stole from a suite at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the Rosemont Bowl in Rosemont, Illinois, on Dec. 15.
The suite was not used.
They allegedly sent tickets to the players’ family members in Arizona, and then sold them on the secondary market for $500 each.
The tickets were later used by the four Ohio State players to purchase the tickets at inflated prices at multiple ticket scalpers across the country.
In addition to Etienne and RicheY, the four players were arrested on Jan. 6 at the University of Minnesota, where they were allegedly selling tickets for $300 to $500, the maximum allowable ticket price in Minnesota, and were arrested Jan. 13 at the Michigan State University, where tickets for a private event had been sold for $200 to $250 each.
They were arrested in Minnesota and Ohio on Jan 12.
The arrests came on the heels of a week in which five Ohio State football players were charged with ticket theft and the team announced it would be suspending its practice until Feb. 3, and all but three players would miss the next three games.