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. kiwijade

    Nice work, cnn. very thorough. espn.com has more info. osu owned by florida.

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

    Sounds like eBay has some pretty cool stuff for sale. I better logon and look! 🙂

    December 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    Yet they are allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl... Dear NCAA: way to send an inconsistent message!!! On the other hand, as a Razorback fan, I'm glad we get to beat these cheaters legit. 😀

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

      They just haven't caught Arkansas yet.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • IOWA

      Iowa suspended it's players without the NCAA doing it-for the BOWL game

      December 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lifeisok12

    Rules are rules....there for a reason! Why on earth did they think it was ok to do this? I agree the NCAA has some issues that need to be worked out....it seems that NCAA violations have been in the news way more than usual this year!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. U.P B

    Really, free education to play football for a few months and get treated like a king. The problem is the NCAA, the college and the "student athletes". They play football for 1-4 years, get "extras", answers to test and these worshipped morons still leave with no degree. If they do its "sports studies" degrees, they can teach gym class at a old folks home. Two years later they blow out a knee or get injured otherwise and have nothing to fall back on. If they just would have opened a book in college.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Twmarcb

    Most of these guys will never make it in the pros, many end up will life altering injuries, and because they are pushed so hard to become great athletes many lack skills in other areas that might earn them a decent wage later on.

    It is a complex problem that involves the NCAA, universities, and the student athletes. Of the 3, who has the most power to change?

    December 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave R.

    They should be made to sit out the bowl game. You discover the infractions...you take action. There are rules...and they broke them. Deal with it right now. They should stay in Columbus and watch game with rest of the nation. Allowing them to go to New Olreans gives them a pass....slap on the wrist.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |

    the fact that they are still allowed to play in the rose bowl simply proves the fact that the NCAA is a slave-driving money driven corporation exploiting student athletes for gain. their rules and regulations are a sham

    December 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Hey Winnar, get your facts straight. OSU is not playing in the Rose Bowl. They are playing in the Sugar Bowl.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WL

    Your equating slavery to the way COLLEGE athletes are treated by the NCAA....are you kidding.....poor college athletes I feel so sorry for them.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Antlers

    Just waiting on TPeezy2 to update his Twitter feed on exactly how he paid for those tattoos! Sucka!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. crazyvermont

    As a former college/student athlete, I read some of these comments with disbelief. It's tragic when society feels there's reasons that justifies breaking rules; then, wonder why we have individuals like Bernie Madhoff who have no regard for laws or mankind in general. We all knew universities made money on us going in and also knew there were/are rules. Additionally, most of us had sufficient funds to provide for activities enjoyed by any other student. As usual, these guys punishment is minimal, missing first five games of a cupcake schedule next year. Would have been meaningful if including Bowl game this year

    December 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isabella

      Exactly. What a way to 'teach' them.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Isabella

    Of course the suspensions don't start until next year. Make them sit out the Sugar Bowl and then maybe the players (and the sports programs themselves) will begin to play by the rules. If they don't want to, they can go straight into the NFL and see how that works out. Exploitation? No one is making them play COLLEGE football. Many are getting a free education and play football for their team. Stop complaining if you don't like the rules.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. art vandolay

    And I got dibbs on Pryor's jockstrap from the upcoming Sugar Bowl. So don't anyone else even try to bid on it! -Art 🙂

    December 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marylandls

    HYPOCRITES! If these items belonged to these athletes then they should be able to do what they want with them. However, suspending them for games next year, while the school continues to make money off of them this year, is hypocrisy in my opinion.
    "Uh, you're suspended from playing, but only after we milk every last dollar off of your names during the bowl game this year."
    The only thing that I do agree with, and I don't believe the blame lies with the athletes, is the "Discounted services" that should never have happened. Plenty of poor students out there that could use discounted services, athletes should not get special treatment.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    They are eligible to play in the Sugar Bowl ? Are you kidding ? What's good in 2011, is good now. Sit they're butts and tell them to watch and pay attention.

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