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. Meat-Head

    All brawn no brains!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cindy

    Pryor, Posey, and Herron will all certainly bolt for the NFL now after stellar performances in the Sugar Bowl. Too bad–several senior seasons lost for $1000-$2500, which is peanuts in the real world.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Al

    Last time I took a law class, a "gift" had to have: intent, delivery, acceptance. Once accepted, it is theirs to keep without condition. Else, it was not a gift but a contract. The gift can be sold, traded, etc. How is that the sale price must be returned? Regarding the other issues, I have comment.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Blue

    Go Blue!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jason B.

    Seems like a bigger punishment would've been the 5 games, plus suspension for the bowl game. The bowl is the one that matters to them. In fact, not just suspension from the bowl game, but don't even let them in the door. That way they don't get all the celebration either.

    Only when the NCAA takes it's punishments seriously will colleges listen.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Meat-Head

    The meat-heads are most likely communications majors.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. danny

    They should be suspened now not next year

    December 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kblue

    Let's face it..It's all pimped, It cultivates the thug mentallity, and we ALL buy into it! Can't point fingers...it's a well designed money maker...anyone else want to cast a stone?

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

      I will, because I know right from wrong. It really IS black and white. Just because someone else is doing something wrong doesn't mean you follow suit.
      There is no arguement to this, and it really is that simple.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JJ

    Obviously, they really needed the money if they sold off their own championship rings. The NCAA are nothing except a bunch of bloodsuckers.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Meat-Head

    Skin colored athletes are the dumbest!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Plan B

    Hmmmm....

    I guess it's not a true "gift" if you cannot do what you want with it. These are items given to atheletes which means they have full legal right of ownership. Therefore, they should be allowed to sell there personal possessions. Otherwise, the NCAA should state that all items/awards/assets given to atheletes are loaned indefinitely to students and are not allowed to be sold.

    Here's a question the NCAA must answer...why are some of the fines so friggin high??? Some of the tiems are just shirts, shoes, and pants...The NCAA should admit that these items had extraordinary value due to the wearer wearing these items, and not due to the items themselves. Therefore, it's the "special sauce" so to speak, of the players wearing the items and this "special sauce" is not something that the NCAA owns.

    Here's a question....should they be suspended if a student sells his autograph to someone? Does the NCAA own that student's signature too?

    Also, in my personal opinion, they are taking most of these kids for an unfair ride. Yeah they

    December 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beau

    Once a punk always a punk, kick em to the curb and move on.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul Gavras

    Of course we couldn't suspend them for the bowl game. Too much money and television ratings at stake there. The network wouldn't like it. Never forget, the money is all that matters. Better to suspend them for the first five games next season, when several of those games are probably against also-ran non conference opponents which don't generate the revenue. Sounds like business as usual all the way around.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nombre

    Legends? Leaders?? The Big Ten is overrating themselves. Dumb ditty dumb dumb.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Meat-Head

    Pig skin for pig brains!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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