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. duke

    What's the rules for bartering autographs!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big_D

    Pretty stupid but then look at the class we have elevated above our intellectuals. We pay sports figures with no class millions and our well educated teachers exist at poverty levels until they give up and leave teaching. This is why that top 2% should pay at least 3% more since pay has nothing to do with work.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roger

    Typical OSU. Cheaters. Soon Pryor will be spending time in the same jail cell with Mr. Clement. GO BLUE!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tk47

    More NCAA crap. The "stuff" belongs to the players not the NCAA and if the players don't value it enough to keep it then what they do with it is their business not the NCAA's.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hutch

    Looks like OSU President E. Gordon Gee needs to worry about his football program and not TCU's strength of schedule.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PSU Chris

    The NCAA is suspending these guys for five games in the 2011 season, but there's still a game to play this year. So OSU's 2011 season is jeopardized because these guys wanted to make a little money on something they earned, while the NCAA is making sure they get all the money they deserve from the Sugar Bowl. Seems fair.

    If Pryor went to PSU like he should have, JoePa wouldn't have let this happen. Let's Go State!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Joe Pa doesn't even know it's winter or what century it is for that matter.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • PSU Chris

      Joe knows football, that's all matters here. This only helps PSU's chances next year so I could care less how and when they impose the suspension. It just shows you how much the NCAA values these bowl games- further proof there will never be a playoff scenario in college football.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go Bucks

      Haha @ Chuck, love Joe Pa though

      December 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |

    No one cares why they sold stuff; no one cares that Pryor's mom needed the money, all the while Cam Newton can get 180K or yet "his dad" can get 180K while Cam acts like he knows nothing. This is absolutely ridiculous. As much as I love OSU, boys, go to the draft this year. Screw it. Go make some real money! OSU will recover; get a great team together once again...they ALWAYS do!!!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. josh

    huge buckeye fan. they should b suspended for the bowl game. this sucks and so does Pryor.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sad Ohio State Buckeye Fan

    Come on Terrell, Dan, and Devier....Didn't you guys already know this even without receiving proper education from the NCAA??? ARGHHH....

    Maybe they should use the same excuse Cam Newton used: "My daddy made me do it."

    December 23, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KC

    They are hypocritical not to suspend them for the Sugar Bowl!! The first games of a season are typically non-conference and do not mean much. I am sure Ohio State will struggle without them against Akron and Toledo in Columbus! Some punishment.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chowdahead

    Wow...the NCAA is a joke...so these are amateur athletes who have there education and living expenses paid for, but these athletes aren't allowed to make money...i agree that they shouldn't be paid for playing sports in college and that they shouldn't be allowed to accept charitable donations and perks, but not being allowed to sell a personal possession is completely ridiculous...and hasn't anyone ever heard of the student discount? so why is it so wrong that Whiting was given $150 off a tattoo? the NCAA has just proven that it has nothing better to do and therefore really shouldn't exist in the first place

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

    Of couse they'll still get to play in the bowl game... too much money at stake for the people making that decision !

    December 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rich

    What..wait until next year for punishment??? Must be a lot of money on Ohio State in the bowl game to suspend these players for one game (the bowl game). But then again, the NCAA is all about money not the teachable moments..

    December 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Silky Johnson

    As inappriopriate as it may seem and as un-championlike it may seem, when someone gives you a gift, regardless of who gives it to you and regardless of what it is, you can do whatever you like with it. Since it's Christmas time, I usually just re-gift stuff, but that's because they lack real value. If I had some gold pants, I'm selling 'em. OSU pays my room and board, my education, etc. but they won't pay my cell phone bill. They won't pay for the songs I download off of itunes. They won't pay for my dinner when I take some cutie on a date. I needed some cash, I'm selling whatever is mine. Again, if that's a ring that I don't really need in order to remember the experience I had as a champion, that ring is gone. Ridiculous suspension. And anyone judging these kids for making a little cash off some gifts is also ridiculous.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mbiggmiike

      It does show you what Ohio St, and Championships mean to these players.......nothing more then a pawn shop opportunity. To sell Championships and Uniforms for $1500 – $2500 is something I expect of a crack head who found them. To think that players at Ohio St are doing this just shows a lack of class.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amanda

    Ok you guys are obviously not reading the whole thing it states exactly why they were suspended in the article. And it wasn't for cheating. Apparently it is against school policy to sell memerobilia. So they are suspended for that and must pay back the school for the rings, jackets, and uniforms that were sold. It is bs but there is nothing we can do about it.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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