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. fan but not fanatic

    The punishment seems a little harsh, but I also don't think that these kids need to be paid. It may stop the kids from selling stuff or taking money under the table, but it would just open up a different can of warm. How much do you pay? Who do you pay? Salary cap? Say you only give them x dollars a month? How would that stop from them getting more money on the side anyway?

    I am fine with them "only" receiving 100K(in tuition), Roomand/Board, Food, plus the experience of playing at these facilities.

    If they weren't playing at these colleges, then nobody would watch them play football anyway. Fans make then out to be gods, but it is kind of strange

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

    of course they can play in their bowl game. it would cost the sponsors money ir they could not. it is called the bottom line.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bluefanhaley

    Of course osu will let them play in the bowl this season, I would have suspended them starting today! All that school cares about is winning!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevo

      OSU did not suspend them, the NCAA did. Looks as if OSU will appeal. Anyway, my point is the NCAA would never consider suspension for the bowl game. Why? The game wouldn't make as much money. Plain and simple. The NCAA is all about making money but cracks down on athletes who make $1,250 selling jerseys and rings.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. teo

    While unfortunate, this is not surprising. Most big-time football players come from poor families. They've got assets like rings and jerseys and the like. They've also got a following and a demand for these assets.

    My only further comment is this: OSU should have suspended these kids for the season.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • EMI

      michigan fan?

      December 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EMI

    these guys got 1 or 2k and have to sit out 5 games....what happened to Cam Newton??? Right, he didn't know his dad was taking the money

    December 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. youkiddingme?

    Why are these players allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl? The NCAA has declared them guilty – the punishment should start right away...not when it's convenient for their school!!

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

    Let's be really careful and thorough with the blaming. First, these young men were pretty surely not raised by their parents to have any character. Second, Coach Tressel is pretty well-known for greedily recruiting talent but not character (I give you Mo Clarett). Third, the university administration, faculty, and A.D., seemingly as a matter of policy, overlook Tressel's recruiting proclivities and the student-athletes' lack of attendance and achievement in the classroom. This tells us that, even though non-athletes are paying upwards of $100,000 for an education, the university doesn't actually consider it all that valuable, so long as the football teams win.
    While the NCAA is pathetically ineffective and probably corrupt in paying way too much attention to the bottom line (income from high ratings for televised BCS bowl games), this all goes back to lack of character. Way back to parents who never taught a kid that a major sportsmanship award is to be cherished and passed to HIS children.

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

      Noone is agreeing that what they did was right, but is it really neccessary to insult their parents in this ordeal.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. art vandolay

    Won't Pryor just go into the NFL draft in 2011 anyway? Especially if he has a great Sugar bowl game with OSU winning it. -Art

    December 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christopher

    A lot of college football players come from some dismal economic backgrounds. If it weren't for the football scholarship, they would have never had the opportunity to go to college at all. The temptation to sell these items, as well as the temptation to take pay-offs, is not necessarily greed but rather the need for money for everyday expenses. If the NCAA would allow players to receive small stipends for personal expenses there would not be as many of these type of so-called infractions. You will never eliminate this type of activity, but that would at least make it less of a temptation for some.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lenny

    If it were a real penalty it would start TODAY

    December 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rider83

    I have an idea, separate the football program from the school and make the NFL pay for the athletes. Like baseball, create a minor league so none of the players have to attend any school if they don't want to, thereby freeing up scholarships for real students! The football program can still be at the school and use the existing stadiums, however the NFL will take care of all football operations including costs and the selecting the people who will be accepted into the minor league program The athletics can go to school if they want but they would be required to follow all rules and standards as the other students or be kicked out of the school but still be eligible for football. Football would be completely separate from the academic side! The NFL would be responsible for all players and their conduct!! If the player wants to attend school the NFL would have to pay for their tuition, boarding, and books.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. aardman

    If they are really serious about sending a message, why start the suspensions next season? Great message to send. Big time college sports is a cancer. It just teaches students that money is more important than anything else. Wonderful values for a university to be teaching.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. db

    wow, big penalty for corrupt behavior. they should be suspended for the bowl game, but no, that would hurt ratings. so suspend them for the first 5 meaningless games next year, when they play teams like u. of toledo, and wright state. lets not forget pryor's statement earlier this year or last, "everybody kills people, its no big deal". education at its best.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DJS - NM

    So typical of Ohio State.
    Their dirty program belongs in the SEC, not the Big 10.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevo

      I think almost all programs are dirty. All you have to do is take a close look at all of them.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tico

    If the NCAA really wanted to make a statement that they in no way condone this sort of behavior, these players' suspensions would have included their upcoming bowl game. But, the bottom line is the NCAA would more than likely stand to lose revenue if that were the case...the bottom line prevails; money and greed are apparently more important than the integrity of the game. With the rampant violations that so prevalently occur in collegiate athletics, the NCAA missed an opportunity to set a strong precedent against such violations.

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