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. Craig

    I suppose if dad sold the items, none of this would have been an issue, right?

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

    I agree that broken rules should have an accompanied punishment... however,
    1. These are stupid rules that need to be changed. Like others have said-they earned them.
    2. Half the season is a bit excessive.
    3. What happened to Cam Newton? (His daddy can't come to the games) And his crime was far more severe.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpd5c45

      Crime? YOU are an idiot!! What ever happened to being PROVEN guilty??? IDIOT

      December 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DinPa

      Rules are rules. Just look at USC. Boo Hoo Suck-eyes

      December 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I just don't understand why these athletes cannot sell a personal possession? It's fine to sell these items once they leave school and no longer need money because they CAN have a job but when they are playing college ball they can't work even a part time job because of the demands of playing college athletics. What if a student transfers schools and sells a championship ring from the previous school, is that against the rules? What if an athlete received a car as a gift from their parents, can they sell that? What if they re-gifted the ring to someone, is that legal? If a student plays one season then drops out and sells all his "gifts" only to return years later is it still against the rules?

      December 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cdogg

      I wonder which NFL team will be playing for next year?

      December 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Why not the bowl game?

      December 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ren s.

      Matthew – you obviously never went to school and must be a cheater and a ruler breaker yourself.
      Don't do the crime if you can't pay the time. Your program should be investigated and shutdown.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avid-Buckeye

      I don’t have a problem disciplining players that break rules. But … I want this to be the new standard going forward. If any other player on any other team gets in trouble and is NOT suspended for 5 games then I am going to call shenanigans on the NCAA. Like these 5 players are the only college football players that have sold their equipment over the past three years. Give me a break. Always looking to make a statement when it’s a top-tier program.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMH

      The only people not making money in college football are the players. This kind of punishment makes hypocrits out of the coaches, ADs, NCAA brass, and Univ. Presidents.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • pathetic

      Why would you sell your championship rings? For $1000 no less, that is pretty pathetic. Pryor selling his sportsmanship award is SO symbolic. He's a sell out and doesn't deserve a possible future Superbowl ring because he'll probably just sell it. Pryor is obviously just pure talent with no dignity or integrity. He's Pathetic, not surprised though, he does go to OSU, not a school known exactly for whits. His actions speak to his character. I don't care about if you are allowed to sell your own personal possession or not, its just pathetic that he would sell his rings, that just means he never deserved them in the first place.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • t rob

      They should have just had their friends sell them and they could have denied any knowledge of it.....cheaper to just give a cut to a buddy.....or if they would join the SEC it wouldn't matter. Maybe if ESPN had the contract for the Big Ten they could make it all go away....I'm sure the Cam Newton debacle had nothing to do with their ratings......follow the money trail...

      December 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Take it and run

      You OSU fans should take the NCAA ruling and run away smiling! UNC had two guys sleep on a friends couch and they lost 5 and 6 games this year. Another player has been declared permantly ineligible because a tutor changed some punctuation and the closing sentence of a paper!

      Yep that NCAA certainly is fair and even handed.... LMAO... follow the money. Cam/SEC... OSU/Rose Bowl.... both have major issues followed by short "investigations" and then rulings in a short period of time. The rules/enforcement arm of the NCAA is a farce... (research Pell Grant scandels).

      December 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Greedy punks

      December 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAWillmore

      Whether we agree with a rule is irrelevant. There are rules I do not like, that I think need to be changed. But until they are changed, I must abide by them. If I agrree to do something and there are rules for participating, I have no choice but to follow those rules or be willing to face the consequences.

      The rules violated here may very wiell be ridiculous, I may not like it, but I agreed to it. If they want to be men, then they must not cry, pay the penalty and move on.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jrama

      Really...they cant get paid, they cant sell something that belongs to them (whether paid for or given as a gift (earned)). Its a shame that people have nothing better to do than suppress college athletes!

      December 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew


      There is some very real irony in your misspelling of the word wits.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc Ellis

      Yeah, let's suspend Cam Newtons father for the rest of the season... The Ohio State players should be OUT of the bowl game also... Oh that's right, can't hurt the bowl games or the BCS will be found out for the FRAUD it and NASCAR promotes...

      December 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmanual Goldstein

      Jrama–Supress?? It is a rule for a reason moron. Otherwise the school with the richest booster could tell recruits "Hey, come to our school and I'll buy your dirty socks for $200,000. Would that be fair, that schools with rich booster could just buy players? Yeah that would be a GREAT system! These players get a free education (one that many of them would never get based on their intelligence and academic achievements), PLUS (most people don't seem to know or care), they get a check every month for 'incidentals'. When I was in college ('97-'01), we got about $750 each month if you were on full scholarship. There is no reason a college athlete needs more than that in 99% of college towns (plus, with new rules you can work a little bit if you need to make extra money).

      December 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mapache123

      The sale of haredware should be allowable. I see no reason they shouldn't be allowed to exchange their trophies and rigns for cash. you are just exchanging one asset for another. Otherwise, the NCAA shouold be fined for handing out asets that have monetary values associated with them.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      Without knowing all the details of these specific players, collegiate athletic programs and the NCAA are a HUGE hypocritical Farce. The big schools make millions in TV contracts and other benefits from their student athletes. And for that, the athletes routinely travel and play during holdiays, finals week, etc... I know, for many college opens the door for them to make millions later on. But, hey, coaches and athletic directors are making tons now. 1500??? That is a paltry amount compared to what these athletic programs, colleges, and the NCAA makes on their stars. College athletic programs will continue to decline as long as players skip out or leve after one season for the professional leagues based on the inequity of this system.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alison

      All the legalities aside, I find it sad that items such as their championship rings meant so little to these guys. That seems like a a kick in the teeth to the hard core fans to me.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Annoyed by the Hypocrisy of it all

    Why dont they just put all division I athletes on a stipend that is pegged to the cpi. Lets say 25 grand a year. all this crap will go away. these kids are largely broke and come from very poor homes.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • WT Weiss

      Maybe Cam Newton can help with some couseling for these young misguided men
      The NCAA over and over again is a total joke.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meathead Ball Player

      I played college ball and can tell you without a doubt it is a pampered life. Logging is paid, tuition, meals, tutoring is all free, you get more free clothes than you can imagine. you really are wanting for nothing. It is really easy to find a summer job that lets you make a great take home for really not doing much. If only life was this easy now. We had workshops every year on what you can an can not do, they knew without a doubt that what they did was a violation. they were just greedy kids that wanted to get theirs now. the penalty is a bit stiff but they all knew what they did was wrong when they did it.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmanual Goldstein

      THEY DO. It isn't $25k/year but you get a monthly check for incidentals. When I was in college it was $750 per month (ten years ago)

      December 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • mateo

      Players come from poor homes? Some do, many don't. Posey attended a very expensive private high school in Cincinnati. His older brother that plays at Ohio U. did also. I am sure his parents are doing fine. Maybe he received improper "benefits" in high school as well.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ARod

    Here I thought we'd get through one season without a cheating scandal at THE Ohio State University. Guess not! What a joke! This team and their consistently obnoxious fans are exactly what is wrong with college football today. And to those who say that every college has fans that are drunk, I have been to college football games at over 20 universities and I have never seen a sadder display of sportsmanship that at Ohio State.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      This made me laugh. Thanks for the Xmas gift. What we have here, is a perfect example of a failure to communicate effectively.

      What really happened: You went to the "shoe" supporting your team, wearing your team's colors...and your team was beaten badly and you were laughed at. It embarrassed you in front of some chick. Now the only thing you can do is lump everyone whom has ever been associated with the University into one large group. Aren't you the "voice" of reason?

      December 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Really? That's never been my experience in the horseshoe. The worst behavior I have ever seen was actually from a pair of Iowa fans last year, who were repeatedly swearing and challenging peopled to fights. I know when my grandpa attended the Penn State game, his alma mater, he experienced no abuse. Even got told "good game" on the way out a couple of times.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • brookln231

      Not sure how you came to the conclusion that this is a cheating scandal.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disappointed Buckeye

      Hey ARod....you must be from Michigan! Like Ohio State is the only team that has players who have done this. And I am not sure which fans you have seen...but I know millions of Buckeye fans that are respectful, and full of great sportsmanship! I am disappointed that this happened, but I think that these boys are not alone in what they have done. I hope that other players take this as a wake up call!!

      December 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARod

      FYI...grew up in Ohio and could not stand the fans of Ohio State nor their near constant problems with sportsmanship. I went to school in the Big 12. I've been to plenty of Ohio State games, and have been to nearly every Big 12 stadium and from my experience, Ohio State fans have a lot to learn about respect for the game and for not only their own fans but the fans of visiting teams. Sorry guys, nothing to do with a girl, just really don't like Ohio State.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meathead Ball Player

      i agree with ARod, i've been to every Big Ten stadium and a good chunk of the SEC stadiums and have never been treated the way i was at the shoe anywhere else. yes, i'm a michigan fan but at no other stadium was i swore at as much or had batteries thrown at me, or empty soda glasses thrown at me. they are the biggest sore losers i've ever seen, guess that show's how long ago it was since we haven't won at the shoe, let alone against them in a LONG time. but their fans are ridiculous. cool stadium, terrible fans.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      You must be a Michigan fan with a name like Arod. I would like to know what other incidents Ohio State football has had. According to you they get in trouble every year. Really?

      December 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. U.P B

    The funny thing is that everyone is complaining about this yet everyone is watching the damn games on saturday. You are the reason for the "exploitation" and all the extra crap that goes on. Maybe you should buy another flag to hang on your car, maybe a new OSU sweatshirt or licese plate. Everyone will complain but no one will change to try and make a difference! Don't watch the game.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      I know that when I attended OSU as a purely academic student, I actually received a scholarship that was funded from licensing proceeds.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Meat-Head

    They will be America's future supply of dishwashers and burger flippers.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tsobudai

    Next time ask one of your parents to sell the items for you and the NCAA will not issue any violations.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Of course they will, they won't let your daddy come to the games.....oh wait, that's only if you take a few hundred thousand dollars....my bad

      December 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cody

    Yeah that sounds about right. ..... lets punish them for What they did but not punish our personal chances at winning our bowl game and making a ton of money for the school. I have one word for OSU academic board. .... Hippocrates

    December 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy Whitman

      Damn straight. If they had taken the Hippocratic Oath before the season started, none of this would have happened.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Euphrates

      What does Hippocrates and medicine have to do with this?

      December 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      The NCAA told them they could not play the first 5 games, not the university you idiot............

      December 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Damn you Hippocrates! You and your stuid oath. Damn you to hellllllllllllllllllll.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eric of Reseda

    ABSOLUTE B.S. that these guys aren't suspended for the Bowl Game. Rules are rules...until it threatens the NCAA's Bottom Line.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeaSpur

      It's not like it matters, they are playing an SEC school and we all know how that story ends. Goes something like "Ohio State is a preseason favorite to win it all...they breeze through their conference schedule...get matched with an SEC team in a bowl game and lose." The "tradition" that Ohio State carries among their fans and many other northern football fans would disappear if they played in a conference like the SEC.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I agree-they're letting them play in the bowl game for the ego of the school and also the money the schools get for these bowl. OSU has no balls.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      SeaSpur is in idiot.... any of those SEC teams that played a year in the Big 10 would go limping back to their mommies

      December 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. U.P B

    How about they get a job!!! Prolly the first ones they have ever had. They don't have to buy clothes, food and housing. Make your own money to buy the extras!! Stipend... really. Free education, food, clothing, and pretty much anything else they want. To hell with the stipends.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annoyed by the Hypocrisy of it all

      I don't know, these kids are not on scholarship due to the charitable nature of NCAA schools. The schools are making a bajillion dollars on Football and basketball. Why shouldnt the stars get a cut just like in a pro sports environment. Not talking about a lot of money, just enough to keep them from accepting bribes. At the same time, make the rules even harsher for the bribers and the bribe-ees

      December 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      They aren't allowed to have jobs per the terms of being eligible to play.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Chair


      Actually, student-athletes are allowed to be employed. There are some conditions that have to be met, but generally speaking student-athletes are not prohibited from receiving employment earnings.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg

    Why are they not suspended for the bowl game? If the university was serious, they would not be playing.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Keeping in mind that the first 5 games of the season are typically packed wtih powder puffs for most big 10 teams...

      December 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Except for Miami. Thank god the up and coming QBs are even better than TP ever wished he was!

      December 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michelle G.

    So they sit out the first 5 games of next year. But get to play in the game where they are given gifts and money? Really Ohio St.? Do you want set this as you standard that it is ok to play in the bowl game even if you break the rules? I guess so after all you think that only the Big 10 is the only true football division.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Really? Do you not read anything? Ohio State did suspend the players for the bowl game, the NCAA was the one who said they could play in the game. Trying reading before posting.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Glynn

    So why are they allowed to play in the bowl..?

    December 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lou

    I am a Michigan fan but OSU got hosed on this one. Cam Newton did nothing wrong right. The money went to his FAMILY. Isn't that where this money went? Guess if they would have given items to their family and they in turn sold them to the same place all would be well with the NCAA. The NCAA's credibilty is gone.

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

    The NCAA is stepping over the line when they are telling student/athletes that they cannot sell off their own items. It's not like these kids stole items and sold them, they were their own items. Scholarships are nice but student/ahletes also need money to live and socialize and the NCAA does nothing but handcuff these kids.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeaSpur

      However, by the same token...they would not have these things to sell as personal items if they were not afforded the CHANCE to play college football by being provided with an education free of charge. Everyone seems to think these players are "getting nothing" in return. Everyone says that most "come from poor homes." So do plenty of normal students in college! Instead, they are getting loans and grants and working hard in the classroom to pay for their education only to graduate in debt.

      The sob story gets old. These players AGREE to not break the rules set before they play a down of college football. It is just the way it is and if they were to pay a few players, or pay a few sports, it would only have a snowball effect until it got out of control and ended up being like the NFL where players are whiny and overpaid...and it's all about the money.

      I don't want to see that happen to college football, the greatest game on the planet.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
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