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. Big V from Brussels, Belgium

    Let's make on thing clear.

    There are Student-Athletes and there are Athletes who are forced to be students, so they can showcase their skills until they get to the next level.

    The rules apply to the student-athletes. The showcase athletes (Pryor, Newton, et al) are being exploited. They know they're a few years from making millions of dollars and they know they have to 'pay their dues' (be exploited) until then.

    New rules need to be in place.

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

      And how are they exactly expoited? Oh yeah, with a free education and a national stage to show off their talents in a game they love.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larry

    They should jey pay the kids,,then we have no problems

    December 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HawaiiGirl

    Why not suspend them NOW for the Bowl game?

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

      Why didn't they suspend Cam Newton for the Bowl game or the Oregon player that choked his girlfriend at the beginning of the season. Double standards.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluefanhaley

      Because the school wants to win of course, I would have suspended them today!

      December 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • FYI

      @Sheri FYI Oregon's La Michael James' incident happened in early 2010 on the off season and not at the beginning of the season.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Questions...

    ...If this is such a big deal then why is the NCAA allowing them to lay in the bowl game...oh yeah, so they can sell the new things they get pampered with....if they want to live the life then they should just go pro, obviously an education isn't a priority for them.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stephen

    Once again the NCAA makes no sense. They suspend them for 5 games and not the bowl game. Why not rule them inelegible for the first five games of this season and vacate the wins like USC. That way OSU can use them for all of next year.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joe

    If they are selling their rings they must need the money. Maybe the NCAA can get them a job!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BC

    If this was so bad why are the players not eligible for the bowl game this year, all yea that would hurt NCAA pocketbook. It pretty clear Prior is going pro next year.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    These are football players...I'm sure this is just the beginning for them doing stupid things and getting in trouble as with most. Next stop...jail!!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The nail has been hit on the head!!

      December 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bruce

    So stupid to suspend them for selling their items.Ok for the school and the NCAA to make millions off these guys but god forbid they should get a few bucks for themselves.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wulf

    Such school pride these guys have, selling their championship rings for some drug money. Classy Ohio State, you really recruit some winners.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Terrell Pryor

    How am I suppose to pay back the money if I can't have a job? Thanks for letting me play in the bowl game though.

    I heard some dude in Georgia had to sit out 4 or 5 game for selling a jersey. Obviously, it doesn't matter how much you sell. So if you do it, SELL EVERYTHING!

    Also, if you want any hints with dealing with the NCAA.....deny, deny, deny.

    If you go the extra length to show that you care, the NCAA will only add to it.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Buckeye Chuck

    We haven't heard the last of the suspensions. Tressel will take them out of the bowl game.

    No one telling him to. HE will do it because he is a man of honor. He will get flack for it, but wait and see if he doesn't bench the 5.

    PLUS: I don't see what's LEGALLY wrong with selling what is yours. MORALLY it was bad, but if I win a trophy why can't I sell it? It's mine, NOT OSU's.

    BTW, I own a 2004 Gator Bowl ring , Signed Jersey from the same game with gator Bowl Patch still on it and a 2003 Big East Champs leather jacket I bought from a player on the 2003 West Virginia team. (After he graduated of course)

    Players are NOT suppose to keep bowl jerseys, just the patch, but after the game, he took it off and threw it to his mom in the stands.

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

      Buckeye Chuck, maybe you and those like you are the actual problem here. If there wasnt a market for this stupid junk that is essentially WORTHLESS (intrinsically worthless, not market-worthless) there wouldn't even BE a discussion. Spend your money on something worthwhile rather than useless crap you can show off to your "fan"ataic friends.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. collegefanatic

    Why is everyone so upset with NCAA putting sanctions on this stuff? Do you see academics, music, art, etc. scholars getting paid for constantly having to work for those studies? I was a music scholar and only had 5 hours a week open for work-study and that was all-year round. I didn't complain because I didn't have to pay $50,000 in tuition. These athletes have at least 6 months off where they can find time outside of practice to get a work-study position. Quit complaining and realize you are a student-athlete.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sherry

    To all those with these EXCUSES for the STUDENT athletes...lets see my brother worked several jobs to put himself through Mizzou and my sister through UNLV so what's the difference and remember I have a daughter who is a student ath at Osu??? She seems to get by just fine living WITHIN her means. A friend joked if she were in a sport where millions are thrown she would get corrupt like others......so maybe this is the downside to MALE sports vs FEMALE sports!!!!!! The reason I'm cominn down hard on Terrelle is because of the smart a@ tweets he's thrown at Kirk Herbstreit and others and now look where he is...suspended and embarrassing the team/school. NOW will you stay the h@ off Twitter TP??????? Well Cam didn't let his HUMILIATING drama stop him from WINNING so now we will truly see how tought TP is??? HOLLA

    December 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Quinn

    What is sad about all of this is that these young guys felt they had to sell their championship rings or awards to make a little money. That ring has more intrinsic value in their lives than they can imagine at their age. How neat would it be for them to pull that ring out in 30 years and show it to their grandchildren.

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