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. Snoop

    They shouldnt be playing the Sugar Bowl, if they arent going to be eligible for part of next year, period.

    This disgusted me.. their team earned recognition in the form of championship rings and had a part of their uniform gifted to them as recognition, and they SOLD them? How much more disrespectful can you get?

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

    SO, this is what the university does with the money but gold pants ................. there r hundreds of people working their ass off to pay their tuition and u stupid sob have a $2500 gold pant ...........get a grip no wonder this country is going down .. get ur priorities right

    December 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rightster

    The suspensions should have been for Big-10 games.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Completely agree! Instead they miss games against Akron and Toledo. Yeah, that's a huge penalty (sarcasm)

      December 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. marc

    I was a recipient of an academic scholarship. All I had to do was to maintain a certain GPA. None of the stipulated obligations restricted me in any way financially and otherwise. I find it ludicrous that these kids are getting punished for selling off personal possessions while the coach gets a million dollar a year salary and that the university pockets hundreds of millions based on the performance of these kids. Being a D1 athlete is a job 365 days a year. Academics is always an after thought in every major program. I don't blame any of these kids moving on to the pros early. Heck – a couple decent tickets to a bowl game is worth more than what these kids pocketed.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snoop

      You apparently forget that their compensation is a free $100,000+ education.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • marc

      $25k a year is what you can earn making french fries...And for every athletic scholarship the school gives out they can accept another non scholarship student to make up the difference. OSU is one of the top 5 largest universities in the country. Giving away a few dozen free communications majors is not a big deal.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    so their punishment is the first 5 games next year, so now they woill enter the draft and avoid punishment. If this was so wrong why are they not suspended for the bowl game...ohhhh thats right thats where the university and the NCAA make their money, hypocritical of them. Either dont punish them or punish them where it hurts. Im betting 2-1 that they turn pro after this year

    December 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Henk, Colorado

    It must be really difficult for these colleges. Being as liberal as they typically are they must walk a fine line. They love the millions they get from football, but their players (officially called students) may not benefit from it. Benefiting from their OWN hard work and talent could make them capitalists and possibly rich, and we can't have that of course. Hypocrisy? Of course. Liberals hate the rich except for when the money is in their own pockets.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Leave it to the ignorant rednecks to make this a "liberal/conservative" issue....haven't managed to leave mommies basement yet, huh hank?

      December 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    Wow, sold their "Gold Pants".....how disrespectful of your alma mater can you get? This is not surprising considering it's ohio state....

    December 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phil

    A lot of people keep commenting on the "millions" that schools make off their athletes. What many don't realize is the majority of schools out there actually LOSE money on their football program. Only a small number of schools actually make money. And while OSU is one of those schools that makes money, the rules were put in place for all schools, not just OSU. So those complaining about the greedy colleges that are using their players need to do some research.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. daveugber

    so, my question is: if a college athlete decides to have a garage sale during the summer, is this impermissible under NCAA athlete rules??? had prior and his buddies sold button-down shirts, toasters and old TVs, would the NCAA punish them??? i ask this, because i am unclear on the specific rules they violated...are they not allowed to make ANY money, sell any of their personal belongings or trade personal belongings for a service??? i find the determination of profit vs. trading very clouded... after all, these kids did not take money for nothing, attempt to use their position to further their professional futures or compromise their team's status as 'eligible' for post-season activities...my gut feeling on this issue is the NCAA doesn't want any student athletes getting the idea that their property is worth anything while they are INDENTURED.... yes, they are getting scholarships, but telling these kids they can't hock personal items for spending cash seems a bit like indentured servitude...

    December 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. infonomics

    Pryor sold items that had a high probability of traceability to him. He either knew such or should have. From there, it is not much of a leap to conclude that he sold these items with disregard of the consequences. In short, he brazenly sold these item; he flaunted the infraction. With that mind disposition, we are likely to hear more about Pryor in the future, apart from the Gridiron.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SG

    They should also sit out of the bowl game. Idiots

    December 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Phil

    I've seen the word slavery being used WAY too many times in this comments section. You people do realize that slavery wasn't optional, right? If these players don't like the way college football is set up, they don't have to play. There's no rule that says you have to play college football before going to the NFL. However good luck getting an NFL team to draft you based only on what you did in high school football. Its almost like college football provides players a chance to showcase their talents, thus leading to a big payday if they get drafted highly. What do you know, another benefit for the players. You know, in addition to a free education, being treated like gods, and being able to sell all that memorabilia once you're done playing college football. If that's slavery, then sign me up.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asauti Samuel

      Your points are very well taken.

      There is still something to be critical of in the way the NCAA puts the clamps on these players... but hey, more power to 'em. They have a cash cow on their hands... it's reasonable to think they will do everything they can to protect it.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Schwendler

    Since when is it against the law in our country to sell one's personal possessions? The school cowered before the almighty and anachronistic NCAA. Pryor should go pro and tell the NCAA jerks what they can do with themselves.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Its not against the law, that's why he isn't going to jail or getting charged with a crime. However it is against NCAA rules and regulations, which is why the NCAA is punishing him within the boundaries of the NCAA. Kind of like if your boss punishes you for sleeping at your desk, even though that isn't against the law.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Augustus

    Why are they able to play in the Bowl Game? Could it be heat from the sponsors for those games do not want to lose viewers since it wouldn't be Ohio States best team if they sat out?

    December 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Damien

    terrel pryor == LIAR his tweet yesterday denied that he received anything, LIAR , Direct relflection of the coaching staff

    December 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow!

      He said he paid for his tatoos! Of course he did he had $2500, oh wait didn't he give that to mom...wow I'm confused. Reflection of the coaches? Ridiculous comment!

      December 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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