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. Chris

    Owned. Cheating never prospers...

    December 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      There was no cheating. The only reason this is an issue is because the NCAA didn't get their fair share. It is the most corrupt sports organization in the world.

      I am not a fan of OSU but this is ridiculous.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Check ESPN.com, they actually have a story.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha

      Didnt this happen to smu kids.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lamar

      So they got a little money! The university gets millions and the students get nothing. Slave trade!

      December 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      Chris, you are a moron. They extremely talented players get tuition, and room and board in exchange for generating MILLIONS for their colleges and leagues. This is no joke. The colleges take and take and take from these players, and you think they should not be compesated just a little bit in cash for their year round commitment and earnings for the colleges. Right now these almost true geese that lay golden eggs for the colleges get 25-35k in exchange for what they could be earning in the nfl. Lets see, the typical 1st rounder gets a signing bonus of $5 million, and a yearly pay of 2-3 million. Yea, that's fair, $35k vs. $8 million in the first year. You are a dope.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Lamar, the idea that the students get nothing is laughable. They get a free education, the chance to showcase their skills and therefore possibly make millions of dollars the moment they enter the NFL, and they get treated like gods at their school. All for playing a game. But if the students don't like it no one is forcing them to play football.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob James

      I agree. This program has stunk for a while. I think an investigation is in order.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • alan

      I did not know that there were any "STUDENT" athletes at Ohio State

      December 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maddy West

      Investigate – Investigate – Investigate.
      I want to see a complete investigation!!!!!!
      This is not what college sports is about!!!!

      December 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • rik

      @Lamar-Slave trade? These guys get a free ride for an expensive education just because they can play a game. College sports has become big money on the backs of these kids that's for sure but this sure as the hell ain't got nothing to do with slavery.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      Way to go Terrell!!!!!!!!

      December 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Has anyone posting here ever been to college and found out that people that go to college are broke all the time.. if you ask me the NCAA can stick it

      December 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony S.

      I agree the whole NCAA setup is a sham (we make millions and you get $100K worth of education ... seems like a fair trade), however, these guys cheated. The bigger joke is the NCAA suspends them for NEXT season. Pryor is probably going pro so no loss since he was gone anyway, OSU has a lot of talent so will reload and barely miss a step (especially since their early schedule is pretty easy), and the bowl game ... no impact. NCAA could not lose the prestiage and revenue stream. The hypocracy is amazing!

      December 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • charlie Howard

      what a joke! A significant penalty? another laugher from the Non-Profit NCAA! And will all five be back in 2011? Do they really have to sit out the 1st game of 2011? The one played Jan 4th? NCAA is an absolute disgrace and I can't understand why some trult investigative journalist doesn't expose them for what they are- That is if there are any such journalists left-

      December 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yenny boi

    for what reason were they suspended for?

    December 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devin

      They traded autographs for free tattoos.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dann

      For selling championship rings and other apparel. On ESPN.com they stated one player got $1200 for an item worth $50. This is a rule to ensure that players don't get to sell a $5 item for $500 as a way to bypass improper benefits.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      for apparently giving autographs in exchange for tatoos.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WhyOhWhy?

    Not surprised!

    December 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scott R Davis

    Suspended for WHAT? Terrible story that doesn't provide a critical piece of information. Where's journalism 101 CNN?

    December 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Full Story on Espn.com. They sold uniforms, Big Ten Rings, etc.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Man, Calm down...its breaking news...it just came out. They add info as they receive it.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stevie68a

    Sports are children's games, so who cares?.....I don't.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrMantis

      Most people care, you little twink.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrFood

      You obviously DO care since you bothered to post here moron.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Relax

      You cared enough to take the time to post a comment.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • funkdubious

      well then, why are you even commenting on this?

      December 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      If you don't care why are you reading this story and commenting on it?

      December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I bet you really like D&D, don't you?

      December 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Then why read a story about sports?

      December 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      well you obviously cared enough to read the article!

      December 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tke884

      haha you must have always been the last one to be picked..

      December 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Someone got cut from their high school sports teams...

      December 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Another post about how bad you suck!

      December 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kyle

      so is wall street.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • twirtzy

      That's hilarious stevie.

      Let's post about how much we don't care.

      Nothing like poopooing your own point with your own actions.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    Aren't we setting a good example. Raise them all to cheat. Raise them all to expect everything to be given to them. In the end we will be a better nation – and well respected to boot. Yaaa Hooo

    December 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sperls41

      It's called Capitolism...the basis of our country. We teach our generations to do this so our country can function. It's pathetic!

      December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonhomrighausen

      nobody cheated buddy.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpb985

      Unfortunately, I am afraid this is all too true.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • psufan

      How utterly disappointing for a Big Ten that seemed to be starting to gain back respect. This is a great debate for http://www.ufeud.com

      December 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • njpat

      how does this interfere with their football playing? If it does not, there should be no penalty.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keith

    This is ridiculous! A person should be able to sell their personal property!

    December 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonhomrighausen

      amen.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dann

      An athlete who sells a $50 item for $1200 is not really selling his property but getting an improper benefit. If they sell it for fair market value then I agree with you. Without this rule you could actually pay for players by buying a $5 t-shirt for $200,000.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      This is capitalism at its finest. Capitalism seems to only apply to the wealthy. Everyone else who tries to make a buck gets hammered. What a great country this is! Give me Socialism any day. At least that way we all get to share in the spoils.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      It is their property and fair market value is whatever someone is willing to pay for something.. Value is different to many people so though I agree that the rule is in place for a reason and is probably a good rule the unintended consequences of the rule are ridiculous. If I have an item that costs $50 and it really does not mean much to me then shouldn't I be able to sell it for whatever a person who really wants it is willing to pay? I say yes!

      December 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fred L. Fraud

    Tip of the iceberg in collegiate sports

    December 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Whaaa???

    why were they suspended? thanks CNN for giving us the whole story(sarcasm)

    December 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MdotSteele

    First Bucks Sucks

    December 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. William

    Well, as a Michigan Wolverine fan, I find this very interesting.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      GO BLUE!

      December 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Right, because Michigan athletics haven't had any compliance problems. Except egregious violations in basketball. Oh, and bad conduct in football under Rich Rod. Oh, wait, I guess Michigan is a dirty school too. UM fans should not be chiding ANYONE about NCAA violations.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. This Little Piggy

    Unless they go on to be Pro NFL players, the degree from OSU is next to worthless in the real world.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrutusBuckeye

      I make almost a quarter million a year with my degree from OSU. what do you do besides post stupid negative opinions on information you know little about?

      December 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BucksFan

      Why is a degree from OSU worthless? What makes your degree that much better? Do you even have a degree? If so from where because I am sure whatever school you might have gone to is not without their faults... Would like to hear your obviously biased opinion.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      That's pretty funny because you dont see many OSU grads struggling for jobs right out of college. Dont hate.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyTheWolverine

      Brutus – you make almost $250k with a degree from OSU? Wow... I didn't realize we Michigan grads were being so generous to the Buckeyes that we hire to clean our houses and wash our cars... Guess I owe my gardner a bigger bonus this Christmas...

      December 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • OSU Grad

      Do some research. OSU is actually an excellent public school.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      I thought the only place Michigan grads could get jobs was teaching... at michigan.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tro51

      you're full of ****, go jump off a bridge

      December 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gums32

    Cheaters...

    December 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jpip

    first story that I saw about this said that they bartered autographs for tattoos...

    December 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DrFood

    So...you're saying that something happened and you don't know why CNN? Why don't you go learn some more about what IT is Craig Johnson? You did a p!$$ poor job.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
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