Jared Sullinger on NCAA corruption: Thad Matta wouldn’t give me money for Gatorade

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Michigan State, Maryland and Penn State all seem to be in hot water after Yahoo Sports released a story Friday detailing how players or parents connected to each program received impermissible benefits over the past few years.

But not Ohio State. The Buckeyes haven’t been mentioned at all in the ongoing NCAA basketball corruption case, and their former players took to Twitter to confirm its program’s authenticity.

Here’s former big man Jared Sullinger, a two-time first-team All-American from 2010-12:

Former forward Sam Thompson, who played at Ohio State from 2011-15, weighed in, too:

Both of these players played for former head coach Thad Matta, who during his time at Ohio State was viewed as one of the cleanest coaches in college basketball. Even after his firing, which came after 13 seasons, Matta emphasized his commitment to running a program with integrity and accountability.

“I think the last thing that I hope I’m always remembered for is that we always did it the right way,” Matta said in the press conference announcing his firing. “That to me is something that I want to hold or hang my hat on. That this program was run the right way.”

Plus, this reputation figures to continue under first-year coach Chris Holtmann. In August, college basketball coaches around the country voted Holtmann as one of the sport’s cleaning coaches.

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