Man involved in Ohio State football scandal provided false identity to gain media credential

9/20/2011
BLADE STAFF

ANN ARBOR — A man involved in the Ohio State football scandal by giving cash to former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor provided a false identity to gain a media credential for Michigan’s Sept. 3 season opener against Western Michigan, according to a UM spokesman.

Dennis J. Talbott, a Columbus-based freelance photographer and a key figure in the ongoing investigation at Ohio State, will no longer be credentialed to shoot Michigan sports, UM Spokesman Dave Ablauf said.

Talbott wore a sideline press credential with a different name when he took photos of Michigan’s 34-10 win over the Broncos. Talbott, who obtained the credential through the publication, Ohio Sports Weekly, is accused of giving Pryor between $20,000 and $40,000

“We would have never allowed this person to have a credential and we were deceived by an Ohio-based media outlet and this person and this media outlet will no longer be credentialized,” Ablauf said.

A photo taken by Talbott of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson appeared on SI.com.