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. Damien

    OSU trying to claim they didn't educate their students...BS during the same timeframe AJ Green sold his jersey and was suspended, that should be education enough...2 schools of my sons list...OSU and UT i don't want my child influenced or taught by universities with low moral character

    December 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. uncommonsense

    Rules are Rules, the issue is not whether these 'poor' students should receive cash along with all their free tuition and all their other benefits. The issue is that they did not follow the rules. Period. that's it, nothing more. ncaa.org / latestnews

    December 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Twmarcb

    So these players who make the NCAA and their universities many millions of dollars are reduced to pawning off their memorabilia for next to nothing and they get penalized?

    It is really funny that they are going to play in the "Allstate" bowl game making the NCAA, OSU and Ark 50 million but have to sit out the boring games at the beginning of the season. I wouldn't expect Pryor to come back anyway.

    The insistence on this fake athletic "purity" is bad for everyone involved and completely hypocritical. Why not outlaw for-profit all around? No more shoe endorsements, television contracts, sponsored bowl games, etc.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wildbillohio

    Other colleges having players with rule violations are out for the bowl games coming in January, but not Ohio State. There are those like LSU which pays the price of losing a Player(s) and those like Ohio State getting preferred status. For all we know, half of those Ohio state players sentenced to loss games next year could be in the pros next year. The NCAA is a morally bankrupt "club" from these types of things to the BCS joke. It is all about the money and not much more. Ohio State two weeks ago lambasted schools such as Boise State and Utah saying they didn't belong in the BCS. Ohio State should be quite as they have a long history of thuggery both on the field and off.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kyle M.

    Five students break NCAA violations at Ohio and just the students are suspended, one student at USC (Bush) breaks the rules and the entire school losses a championship, wins, bowl access, and scholarships. As usual the NCAA is full of BS and bias. On that thought, NCAA you need to give back all the money you made off of Reggie Bush, since everyone else got screwed.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |

      Ohio State didn't try to cover anything up and brought the issue to the NCAA's attention, that didn't happen with Bush.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Howitzer
    These students did not commit a crime. They violated their agreement with the NCAA.. They really need an un-biased advisor. Like me, I would have written an earnest money agreement between the buyers and the students (sellers) that stipulated a sale closing date AFTER they graduate. The athlete gets his "earnest money" but he hasn't actually sold anything. It works like this, 1. buyer gives student money 2. student graduates 3. buyer receives goods. God damn people are stupid.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Slavery!???? Are you people insane!? While I find hard to get too worked up over what this kids did, I find absurd to compare NCAA athletes to slaves. And I'm quite sure that actual slaves would feel the same. These kids are not required to play football. They can freely choose not to. So why would they? Because it is an incredible opportunity, and a totally win-win situation for both the school and they athletes. Yes the school makes money off the program, which in turn funds research, facilities, non-athletic scholarships, as well as programs for athletes who compete in less marketable sports.

    In return the athletes get access to a world class education (it's up to them to take advantage of that or not), compete on the national stage, increase their professional marketability, be the campus heroes, and play in the SHOE with 110K people cheering for them–not to mention the outside chance of making it to the NFL. All this they get for doing something they love. While the NCAA rules may be outdated and non-nonsensical at times, it is NOT slavery by any stretch.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard Markowitz

      Well said.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmmmmichael


      December 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Damien

    this punishment is weak, pryor is one of the leading candidates for heisman next year, no chance of that missing 5 games, so he'll get no suspension...bs..ncaa is a bunch of sell outs

    December 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bmi

    I wonder what their predecessors would say.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jeff

    this is nothing more than these players trying to find a way around the rules. these players should be ashamed, and banned from ncaa sports. crooks nothing more

    December 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    Why not suspend them for the bowl game.....? Wouldn't want to ruin their chances of that win and getting beat by a lesser opponent. It'd look bad.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • IOWA

      IOWA suspended it's players for the bowl game!

      December 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. vegas tink

    I'm an OSU fan not that it matters really. It is my understanding these items were given to the players. I was taught to believe that once something was given the receiver was free to do whatever they wished with the item. Now for the fan part, I can't believe they sold their championship rings and gold pants. Like someone else posted though, we don't know why and most of these kids come from poverty. If it were for the Christmas turkey who is going to say they wouldn't do the same thing? GO BUCKS! BEAT BLUE!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      i don't believe that, AJ Green did the same thing during the same timeframe and he was suspended, these are college students do we really have to draw them pictures?

      December 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      the players had monetary gain from playing the game, that is agianst the rules, doesn't anyone care about regulation anymore. They all should be banned from ncaa sports.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Damien

    go Mark Cuban, buy out this corrupt group

    December 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian

    Thing everyone seems to know: Athletes get free tuition, room, and board. So yes there is a value. Then again, what courses are most of these dolts taking? In 75% of the cases, it is the same thing that I took....IN HIGH SCHOOL. So while the school does give these players a slot on campus, let's not fool ourselves into thinking all these guys got an engineering degree.

    Thing most people don't know: Student athletes – unlike other students – can't get college work study jobs. They can't get off campus jobs. They can't sell a laptop or computer they no longer need. They can't sell their used books to the bookstore. These are all things that a 'normal student could do. Let's just say that there are two roommates, hypothetically. One came to Ohio State on a Mathematics full scholarship. One came on a football full scholarship. Why can student A get a job as a bartender downtown, yet Student B ( the football player) not?

    For every Reggie Bush who gets $1 million as a student, there are tens of thousands of athletes who will never play in a professional league, yet are prevented from earning some date money for Friday night.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poor

      Good Point.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    I think the players should remove themselves from the bowl game as punishment for violating the ethics rule. Wonder if the NCAA will come down on them for doing that?

    December 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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