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. citizentobe

    The NCAA is so corrupt that they did not suspend these guys for the Bowl Game they are going to play at the end of this season.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HMHagood

    Why are football players so STUPID????????????

    December 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Damien

    Pryor denied the charges on his Twitter account saying “I paid for my tattoos!”

    LIAR

    This is not the kind of person i would want on my pro football team, shows very low moral character...LIAR LIAR LIAR

    December 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SAM

    They'll serve their suspension during the non-conference tune-up games next year? Why is it they aren't suspended right away and sit out the Sugar Bowl? MONEY- that's why. I wish I could say I'm suprised.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tina

    How does them selling their personal belongings make them 'cheaters'? That's not cheating idiots. Read the article before posting, if you'd actually read it before posting you'd know that they didn't get suspended for cheating they got suspended for accepting discounts (like any of you would say no to saving money) & selling their personal belongings. Not for 'cheating'

    December 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reverand Ike

    Well, that is not too bad. With Braxton Miller coming in next year at QB, the Bucks can now change QB's without the controversy it would have caused. As for the others – as DeGaulle said, "The cemetery is full of indispensable men". OSU is loaded at every position and will be fine.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack Howitzer

    http://67.42.80.195

    NCAA athletes are second class citizens. You can easily manipulate them because they are handcuffed by regulations. Its so easy to mess with them, its not even fair, but its still fun. Thank You NCAA, you put money in my pocket by forcing your ahtletes to make strict interpretations of your rules. 4 year college degree ≠ smart.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ariel Gonzalez

    Why? Because of money.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donklo

    You CAN NOT live on the money given to you as a student athlete. And you can't work a real job because of the demands on you. Sure, you can pick up odd things here and there, but the NCAA has cracked down on how athletes can work, and the teams and school work are too demanding. $2,500 IS NOTHING. Chump change. And it's his own stuff he sold. The NCAA needs a reality check.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. paul

    They are all juniors and most likely enter the draft as opposed to missing half of their last season. If Pryer wants to be a pro QB he better learn the words to OH CANADA, because he is not now or will ever be pro QB material.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Benjamin R

    NC$$ –
    "Money is all the NC$$ cares about! PERIOD! If the NC$$ can make Milllions and millions off these students then maybe at the end of their 4/5 year career there should be a trust fund set up that gives these students a cut of the monies the NC$$ brings in! As of now they get nothing and if a student gets hurt they loose everything plus their health! And get nothing in return!

    If the NC$$ didn't care about money then we would have a Playoff system for FBS!"

    While I agree the NCAA cares mostly about money, you cannot say these kids get nothing in return. A free education is a big deal. I would love to trade my $50,000 student loan debt for a chance of getting hurt playing football. To say they get nothing is ludicrous.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC$$

      There are millions of students that get Grants and low interest rate loans that don't play sports! And there are a bunch of walkons that don't get squatt! While the NC$$ makes billions off these kids!

      December 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    But they can play in the BCS bowl. What a flippin joke. The NCAA is corrupt.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big V from Brussels, Belgium

    NCAA and OSU get ridiculous amounts of money of these kids. They try and sell their ring (which was a gift) and they get penalized?!?! It's a gift, you can do whatever you want with a gift!

    Merry Christmas OSU. The grinch has arrived.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. illinipride

    Don't you think they should just give all NCAA athletes a small stipend like a graduate student. These kids have real financial problems, choosing to play NCAA football makes it so they can't support their families most basic financial needs during these 3-4 years. Just give all the kids $2000 a month and you solve all this bs.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asauti Samuel

      They actually do get stipends already.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MD

    These guys have NO CLASS. End of story.

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