Ohio State University director of athletics Gene Smith informed a student newspaper (The Latern) the institution has several pending NCAA rules-violations, and that some of the infractions could be classified as major or secondary. According to media reports, “Smith said the athletic department has 12 pending NCAA violations in addition to the 46 self-reported secondary violations since May 31, 2011. The 46 secondary violations were released last week. Smith told the newspaper that the pending violations ‘may turn out to be secondary. It may not.'” An Ohio State spokesman explained “the number of pending violations is actually fewer than 12. The secondary violations released last week took place in 21 of the school’s 36 varsity sports, including football. Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer and Smith both admitted to committing secondary violations involving recruiting”. Ohio State, according to Smith, averages approximately 40 secondary rules-violations each year.