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. chimingin


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

    It clearly states why they are suspended, I don't understand what all the confusion is about? The bowl game should be the first of their punishment. These kids are in it for the money, that's it. There is no heart and soul behind their talent.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cynic-mimic

    could be worse OSU could force them to go to class do thier own academic work and learn.. ha ha just kiding they're footbal players it'll never happen...

    December 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wolverine


    December 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karen M

    The players are not going to feel a thing if allowed to play in the bowl game. They will repay the money and sit out 5 games NEXT YEAR and the university will get what they want.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JJ

    These students generate millions for the schools they play for. Everyone except the players benefits financially. I have a hard time seeing how this is considered fair. Tuition, free dorm room housing and a meal plan is not enough. God forbid they have a little cash in their pocket.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DL Goodman

    Please! The whole arrangement makes me sick.

    How can America have a system where each Saturday in the fall wealthy alumni and well to do families pay exuberate amounts of money for luxury booths, sponsor only tickets, special parking passes and overprices beef franks to games were many of the athletes they come to watch own families can’t afford to go to the games, oh unless the university can, by NCAA policies, give them a few free tickets!

    Buried deep in universities were the number crunchers sit, the relationship between the universities and the NCAA heavy hand of authority are warm and cozy. Without the NCAA heavy, holier – then – thou hand of authority universities might have to take better care of there players with say…….money!?! Like the money they receive in order to pay the coaches 2 no 3 no 4 million dollar coaching contracts.

    So players sell rings they work so hard for only to figure out latter in life what a monuments task it really was to earn. We sit back and think how ignorant they must be or “hard up” they are when they do these things when the reality is they just want to wear the same clothes the kids do that watch them each Saturday.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    I like how they are suspended for the crappy teams they'll play next year but they are somehow eligible for the BCS Bowl game in 10 days.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevo

      Chris – Miami (FL) and Michigan State aren't really crappy teams.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jueceman

    Complex slavery period. I'm happy for Pryor, he can stop being used for free and make big money in the pros and feed his family. That's what life is about, this man taking care of his... not the NCAA, the university, or fans.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |

    Why can't they sell things that they've earned? These guys should be paid anyway. The NCAA sucks.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:26 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. This would also lower the crime rate at most colleges.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sinbad80

    it figures that anytime a school starts becoming dominant year after year, it turns out they were doing something illegal. (i.e. USC, Maimi, SMU, etc.)
    I'm pretty sure this is just the one thing they got caught at out of many.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Meat-Head

    99.9% of athletes are all brawn no brain...but this is what CNN promotes....I don't remember when CNN promoted something that had to do with intelligence!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Six

    "This is so stupid. If I was pryor I quit and go pro! "

    That's what people with no honor would do. Evidently, these fools (YES I SAID FOOLS!) have no honor. Knock off the "but but but...the NCAA is evil and they were just sellin what's thiers!".

    If what happened doesn't seem wrong to you, you're part of the problem.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kibali kk lelu

    the ncaa is making money out of this guy why can t those guys have a dime out of that cash... the schools are making . the ncaa is making money..... no more slavery man... thats why all good players just play for one hhyear in move to the pros,,,, how would you feel knowing that you are the engine behind a huge money making activity and you can t get a dime out of it

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

      Because they are getting an education. They signed a contract. This has nothing to do with the NCAA but what they did and that it was a GREAT sign of disrespect and dishonor.
      Shame on them. Handouts weren't enough.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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