Terrelle Pryor, 5 other Ohio State football players suspended
December 23rd, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Terrelle Pryor, 5 other Ohio State football players suspended

Six student-athletes on The Ohio State University football team have been suspended for NCAA violations, the school said Thursday.

Mike Adams, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor (pictured above) and Solomon Thomas will miss the first five games of the 2011 season and must repay money and benefits, the school said.

A sixth player, Jordan Whiting, must sit out the first game, the NCAA determined.

According to a university press release, as part of the players' reinstatement:

– Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 gold pants, which were a gift from OSU, his 2008 conference championship ring and his 2009 Sportsmanship Award from the Fiesta Bowl.

– Adams must repay $1,000 for selling his 2008 Big Ten title ring.

– Herron must repay $1,150 for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes and accepting discounted services.

Posey must repay $1,250 for selling his 2008 conference championship ring and accepting discounted services.

Thomas must repay $1,505 for selling his 2008 gold pants, his conference title ring and accepting discounted services.

Whiting must pay $150 to a charity "for the value of services that were discounted," the press release said.

The punishments stem from an incident in which at least some of the Buckeye players received tattoos for their autographs, according to news reports.

Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs, said the penalties were “significant" and "based on findings and information provided by the university.”

Gene Smith, associate vice president and director of athletics at Ohio State, said at a press conference that the university will appeal the penalties, with hopes of getting the number of game suspensions reduced. Smith also said the university will do more to educate its student-athletes about the rules.

"After going through this experience," Smith said, "we will further enhance our education for all our student-athletes as we move forward.”

The student-athletes will be eligible to play in the AllState Sugar Bowl on January 4 against the Arkansas Razorbacks, the university said.

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  1. boocat

    It's students like these that are the reason college football is a billion dollar industry what with advertising, etc. Why shouldn't these kids make some money? The colleges are exploiting these kids and the kids get no monetary compensation. Without them, there would be no college football. I don't have a problem with it at all.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. D Brown

    The NCAA IS A JOKE. THEY WENT AFTER MY TARHEELS AND SO MANY OTHER PROGRAMS. BUT WHEN A MONEY POWERHOUSE GETS IN TROUBLE YOU DON'T SUSPEND THEM FOR THE BOWL GAME. HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY NOT SUSPENDING THESE PLAYERS FOR THE BOWL GAME. I WILL NOW DROW A WIKI LEAK BOMB ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL. I HAVE PHOTO'S OF PLAYERS AT 50 MAJOR PROGRAMS DRIVING ON DAILY BASIS 70K CARS. I WILL POST THIS ON IREPORT.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JREwingSr

    ...at first look this makes them look pretty dumb, but on second thought this will only make that gear more valuable.

    Now it will have the stigma of NCAA sanctions on it as well.

    Plus the 5 games these players lose will mean nothing to them in the long run.
    If the NCAA wanted to make a significant statement, they should have lost at least a year of eligibility.
    Otherwise why bother. This penalty has no teeth and will hardly serve as a deterrent for these actions.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dan

    Deport them all back to their original tribe back in Africa

    December 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Steve S.

    This is rediculous that the NCAA handed out these suspensions for selling their items. It's theirs to do with. What if they want to sell their math books? are they not allowed? As much as I like to see OSU win, they should jump ship and go to the draft. Maybe they should voluntarily not play in the bowl game and see what that does to the ratings!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Pawnee

    You really think they sold their jewelry? No way. They pawned it to someone they know - only to get it back when they cash in with an NFL contract.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. mtnmedic

    It seems pretty obvious by now that the NCAA is pretty selective when it comes to any heavy-handed punishments or what it deems to be "inappropriate." It's bad enough that the NCAA exploits student athletes the way it does but ever since the BCS came into the picture, it's gotten worse and the NCAA makes decisions like this based on how they will affect the millions they get from the BCS. The BCS is what's wrong with college football. Funny how it's the only sport in the country-pro, collegiate or amateur-that runs on a voting and ranking system rather than a playoffs.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Damien

      couldn't have said it any better, 100% correct

      December 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Isaac

    All you haters trying to bring Cam in to this need to stop, take a deep breath and SUCK IT!!!!! Two different situations.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Damien

    college football and the ncaa is a sell out, they all should be suspended as of right now

    December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Bye Bye Buckeyes

    Maybe they should've sold one of Tressel's sweater vests and it would've been alright. School is garbage...players are garbage. Keep recruiting criminals...it's all that school is good for. O-H.....N-O!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. twoset

    CAM NEWTON ?? These kids along with the WR at UGA suspended by NCAA while CAM NEWTON is sold for 180k and nothing !!!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. robmd

    Why are they not suspended from the bowl game also? Sounds like the NCAA is hoping they go into the draft and they do not have to deal with issue.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bye Bye Buckeyes

    O-H...N-O!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. SBlackmon

    Idiots! They knew! I don't care what their ages are, you know you can't sell your stuff and make a profit! They've seen it over and over again, they've seen the consequences, they knew and thought they wouldn't get caught! They owe apologies to the fans, their teammates, their coaches, the university, etc. We are the ones that will suffer the consequences!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Sherry

    I have a child who is an Osu athlete and why would she be selling some of the nice stuff she was given????Sadly here I have absolutely NO SYMPATHY. They should have forfetied the Bowl game as well. Why is it the mothers/daughters seem to be satisfied with a great education and stuff she has would cost me thousands of dollars in a sports store so I VERY grateful. Do I feel she's pimped by the NCAA...HELL TO THE NAW and I have a great job and degree so I'm no desperate idiot. NEITHER is my daughter. What is going on with our MALE BLACK athletes??? yes this is a race issue for me. Parents need to stop pimping their children like they accuse the NCAA of?????

    December 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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