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. bobbyvo5

    ah, "student -athlete", my favorite oxymoron.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrFood

      Yeah My favorite oxymoron is "informed idiot", which you are. Emphasis on the idiot part...

      December 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • C-snap

      bobbyvo5- I personally was a STUDENT-athlete for 4 years and in that time, not only did I practice 4 days a week, train 2 mornings a week, participate in games 1-2 days a week, but I also earned a double major Bachelors degree and maintained Dean's list for 4 years. Get off your high horse because not all athletes are slack offs.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobbyvo5

      C-Snap. You're right. I'm wrong to have made such a asinine generalization. Thanks for calling me on it.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    Okay, so what was it that they actually did to receive this punishment? This was like a very open ended news clip that leaves us still pondering the whole story.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BuckeyesSuck

    first! f the buckeyes

    December 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rich

    When are people going to get it? It doesn't pay off in the end to be a dirt-bag! Parents must be ashamed.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Relax

      I bet you're from Michigan. So angry.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OLe

    But,....they get to play in the bowl game? Crazy!

    December 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Newton

    They should have had their dads ask for 180 grand and the NCAA wouldn't have done a thing to them.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Weak NCAA

    What a joke! They get suspended for.... next year? Why not for the Sugar Bowl? Wouldn't want to have tv ratings drop for the NCAA and BCS. What is the penalty if they declare for the draft and never play in 2011?

    December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Military in San Antonio

      That's right!

      NCAA too cowardly and money grubbing to suspend them for that high dollar bowl game 😉 .

      December 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sperls41

    With Pryor out, OSU couldn't win a game against Columbus Community College. LOL. IDIOTS! All for trading autographs for Tattoos. Stay Classy C-Bus!

    December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NFL draft

    We're not interested in TPeezy. Schwoog.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Edgerider

    And, Cam Newton won the Heisman with a one day suspension because of loop-hole... allowed to play in the BCS Championship game for one reason – corporate sponsors, media hype, and BIG money. What a joke! He'll be giving it back soon.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I didn't realize you could see into the future – please explain to me since you apparently know everything why he's going to have to give everything back? Because last I heard the NCAA, SEC and Auburn had all cleared him to play. Oh, that's right, you can't see into the future – so you're just a j@ck@ss.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PAC 10

    Yet Cam Newton got away with everything....Fair? I don't think so.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nick K.

    stupid coward

    December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrFood

      YOU MAD BRO?!

      December 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • christo67

      Pryor is kinda cute...

      December 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      and kinda foolish!

      December 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • christo67

      tight ass...Nice!

      December 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big John

    But they get to play in THIS YEARS bowl game? So they get suspended during OSU's pre-conference romp through mid-level fodder? Not much of a penalty, especially considering Pryor may not even be back next year.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Dude

    Misses the days when reporters actually researched a story before publishing it, rather than just trying to scoop everyone else with little more than a headline.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dan

    In order to be a story it has to have content. I know its a rush to be first to report. But without evening being able to set forth why they were suspended, the story is useless.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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