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. Asauti Samuel

    You know what would be cool? Take what the NCAA has. How?

    Start paying these college players in a new league... a whole new "college sports" program. The college education part of it would be irrelevant.

    We fans pay to watch THE PLAYERS and THE GAME... when you have the players... you have everything... the other details like the stadium, the uniforms, the weight rooms are secondary to that. Because if you have the greatest stadium in the world, but no gladiators to play in it.... well, you don't have much.

    Just need to get some investors together... start paying these kids.. they come, slowly but surely.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      What percentage of college athletes are going to make it big in pro sports? Who wants to pay 95% of the other kids who just won't cut it? College sports is about the purity of the game. To start paying them starts changing everything.... If you want young, non-collegiate athletes, check out area league football or the CFL and let me know how much you want to contribute to that.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sandiego1969

    Leae it up to Ohio State players to drop their pants for a buck.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KGM

    When the kids agreed to accept an athletic scholarship for football in exchange for a degree, they entered into that contract knowing the rules. If you agree to play, you must also agree to abide by the rules.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC$$

      Is the students are donating (getting under paid) their time then the NC$$ should be donating their profits to charity!

      December 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Really?

    I'm surprised so many people are complaining about the penalty and calling the players "servants" to the NCAA... Also for those thinking the Universities are making out like bandits, you are definitely wrong. Between the free tuition they hand out to hundreds of atheletes via scholarships, the payout to all the staff (including highly paid coaches), transportation costs, cost of the tickets to the games, etc, the universities usually aren't making much money, but instead are getting publicity which keeps everyone happy. How would you begin to start thinking about paying the players or creating after college "funds" for them. "muldoon in ohio" is nuts for thinking they should get a 500k fund......

    If your going to play college, you accept the rules. I agree the NCAA is extremely strict, but that's the choice you take to get so much handed to you on a silver platter. These kids have it easy, to think otherwise just because they aren't paid, is nuts!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asauti Samuel

      Do you know how college sports got started? Back in the 1800's... on college campuses like Harvard, Yale, etc... boys would go out and play football in the mud with friends... then it turned to schools playing schools... it was just for the SPORT of it... but watching sports is entertaining... smart people saw dollar signs. And 200 years later we have what we have. Hopefully those out there on the field still JUST LOVE TO PLAY THE GAME.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andrew

    As an Ohio State student I am absolutely disgusted by this. Especially with TP tweeting that he paid for his tattoos. Paid for them with the money you earned selling your ring. They shouldn't be able to play the bowl game, but they will. The 5 game suspension won't mean anything since they will decide to go pro since next season is now flushed down the drain.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. karlj324

    Some of you morons actually believe that the NCAA should not be a part of college sports.
    No rules at all, Good luck with that one.
    Now let's get back to reality.

    It seems the rules are good enough for everyone else but not for the golden boys of OSU.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rodfromnc

    The NCAA is a criminal organization that requires slave labor to make billions from the young slaves they employ. Everyone involved with the NCAA should be given life sentences for "slave trade".

    December 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • karlj324

      and you buy into every time you watch college football or buy their products.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim allmon

      These guys are Punks. This is how they show their respect to Coach Tressel - the biggest class act in college football. Pryor can kiss the Heisman goodbye!

      December 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • HAHA

      Yeah, let the guys make a dollar or two before they end up pumping gas or becoming truckers when they don't make the league.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • marcus m.

      I agree. You see how the hats, shirts, and items that have university logos are "flying" off the shelves.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Dorfmeyer

      Tired excuse.....give it a rest

      December 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • KD

      Last I checked, slaves didn't get a five-figure education for free... and they could very well choose to not play. No one forces them into it.
      Comparison FAIL.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      After Ohio State President trashes Texas Christian University, look who gets caught looking stupid? Ohio State is far from a school with class.....Violent drunk obnoxious fans coupled with thug players going back to Art Schliter days, this university is so sorry

      December 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bet

      Rod- what a moronic statement.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • M-Go-Blue

      Really? Slave labor? Last time i checked, the majority Division I athletes are given scholarships which grant them a free college education; in addition the majority of scholarship players also have their living expenses covered. Get a reality check – college athletes like Pryor should feel privileged, as I did. The majority of Americans have to rack-up huge student loan debts to get the free education that athletes receive. I played Division I soccer and am grateful for the free education that was afforded to me – and no, I never felt like a slave

      December 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • GR guy

      hey JackA$$,

      no one is forcing these punks to play football. last time I checked it was optional.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • russflorida

      @Pete....You obviously have a thing against Ohio State..wow...Michigan fan??? LOL I am Ohio State alumni. I am not a drunk, never have been nor are the 100 other guys that I graduated with that attend the games. If your speaking of the college students themselves, its no different at OSU than it is at any other college in the United States. You will always have drink obnoxious kids at games...its college, hello?? But to call the 2nd largest college in the US (52,00 students) classless shows me how ignorant that you are.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin M.

      Notice to some attorney out there. OSU actually actioned off there past two years of combat uniforms. These were used in two games. I believe there is a rule in which the University can't exploit or market specific players. I know in fact these uniforms were not sold for the "same" price, the Pryor uniforms went to the highest bidder.

      And we are blaming players????

      December 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • TONY1954

      The mentality with people such as yourself is if they play or work they're being used as "slaves", but if they can't play or can't work they're being discriminated against. Either way, you win. It's an argument that's beyond old and it won't continue to work.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • J G

      Maybe you should just stop talking about stuff you're ignorant about, sport.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbo

      Bingo! I've been saying that for years.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • beau

      Once a punk always a punk. Kick em to the curb and move on.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lv2Hike17

      Why aren't they suspended for the bowl game? What a crock! Nebraska has suspended two of their best defensemen for their bowl game for violation of team rules and these jokers get to play still? I'm not sure I want to be in the Big Ten if that's how the rules go.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Pup

      I agree with rodfromnc
      NCAA/Colleges and universities are making billions off of these kids...and who did the jerseys, rings and shoes belong to? the players? if yes, then I don't see any problem with someone selling they're own clothing... the idiots are the one's whom bought it.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rick

    As long as the pimp gets his due, the NCAA is fine with it. Unbelievable that the NCAA gets away with this BS.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rbuydu

    "Student" athletes??? What the hell do they study? I'll bet not one of them can tell who was the US president during World War II.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amazed

      World War what?

      December 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Se777en

      @ Amazed. He said "World War II". It's just the "II" wrapped around to the next line.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chaz

      rbuydu

      This just shows how ignorant and dumb you are. Educated yourself on respect and just may become someone of substance in life.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      @Se777en, Yea I think he already knew that. Just trying to be funny.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Didn't Eat Breakfast

      Well that's just jumping to conclusions now are we, rbuydu? I studied kinesiology in college and seeing as how you are making it seem like you studied something in college, I bet you couldn't tell me why the sternocleidomastoid is named the sternocleidomastoid, could you?

      December 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sergeant2

      I was a student athlete for 5 years playing college football at WVU and I'm sure any one of my teammates could tell that Winston Churchill was the U.S. President during WW II. Were not as dumb as you think.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rafal

    This is so stupid. If I was pryor I quit and go pro! The NCAA is a curupt body and I am sick and tired of them. Down with the NCAA

    December 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waleed

      Yes, Maurice Clarett tried that Rafal; didn't work out so well for him.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • TP stands for Toilet Paper

      Pryor wont make it in the NFL at all.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin M.

      Notice to some attorney out there. OSU actually auctioned off their past two years of combat uniforms. These were used in two games. I believe there is a rule in which the University can't exploit or market specific players. I know in fact these uniforms were not sold for the "same" price, the Pryor uniforms went to the highest bidder.

      And we are blaming players????

      December 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sagebrush Shorty

    Surprise!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bobo

    These student athletes are young adults, but adults none the less. They provide a service for the school, yes one that generates an extreme amount of money, and in the end they are provided not only a college education, but also the oppurtunity to play at the highest level possible, the NFL. Although they may seem exploited, it is the fans' deep devotion to watching them and paying for their jersey's that generates this "hype", so we are all responsible for this exploitation. The bottom line is that there were rules in place which these adults had to follow, they did not, and now they will be punished. I see 18 and 19 year olds every day taking responsibility for others lives' in the military, defending this nation, and for this they are rewarded a small paycheck, experience, and praise. We should all treat these football players like the young men that our nation wants to grow, not small children who do not need to take responsibilities for their actions. I applaud the NCAA.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maestra27

      Well put.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • uncommonsense

      well said!, it's all about following the rules

      December 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      I don't applaud the NCAA because they really are making money off these kids. These guys probably needed some extra money. However, you are correct in that rules are rules, whether we like them or not. While I understand what Pryor and the others did, it just isn't acceptable.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JL

    NEBRASKA is the 6th game....Looks like they were sure to get them back for that game.
    Did the Big 12 commisioner have a say in this?

    December 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • SkyKIng

      Nebraska will be part of the Big 10 in 2011.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    Real classy guys these players are. Bottom of the barrel I would suggest.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NCAA BLOWS

    This is just stupid. These kids earned these items. They should be able to do what they want with them. It is not like they are accepting SUV's or cash from the boosters.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Heh, and I agree. Are they playing for money? No. I think the rules on this one are retarded, but they are rules, nonetheless.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjk

      They are profiting from the sale of items with enhanced value... Say that a Pro's jersey is worth $100 and a player signs it and sells it for $500... that is the problem while in school... yes they can sell their stuff for face value.
      .
      Go Huskers beat OU

      December 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • john Can

      Let's Be Equal. AUBURN can BUY a Player get busted and He don't miss a Game.
      And I'M from the SEC

      December 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
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