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. Doug the Jacket

    Outrageous!!! NCAA schools rake in millions and the players are housed and educated, but need $$$ for routine expenses. Something has got to give on this in-balance!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DAn

    NCAA exploits student-athletes on a consistent basis, from overpriced apparel, to seating, etc... For them to act like they find it wrong is like an alcoholic trying to advise someone else on stopping drinking...

    It strikes me as ridiculous, and laughable at the posts saying, "Hey, they get a free education"... give me a break.. if anything, the schools themselves are not that interested in educating the so called student-athlete.. It's always been, and always will be, about what you can exploit from a young adult....

    Anyone who says otherwise is just kidding themselves......

    December 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      I agree with you. The schools are not at all intrested in educating the student athlete, only in making sure they play their sport and play it well. Still if the student athletes don't realize this when they are being recruited then they are way stupider then the sterotype they portray. The oppertunity is there for the athletes to get the education, if they fail to use it, then that is their fault. If they are incapable of taking the oppertunity because they really are that dumb, then they get exactly what they deserve.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agreed

      I agree – everyone makes money from college football except the athletes. Pay a coach 2 million a year, but look out if you sell a ring for $1000 or get a free tattoo. If it were an NCAA sanctioned event and the NCAA got the profits they would probably require the players to attend. It is easier to take a Disney character more seriously than an NCAA official.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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      December 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Asauti Samuel

    I'm a FREEDOM FIGHTER.... like William Wallace. I want to know that people are free.

    And yes, these college athletes are free to leave and not play the game. The argument is that the NCAA still operates with a heavy hand.... it is an argument against the rules they impose. And thus, I don't buy-in anymore.

    I want to see Terrell Pryor be able to sell his damn gold pants, should he choose to do so, without the stupid rules saying he is not free to do so. THAT IS THE GRIPE.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. M

    CNN would you mind explaining why a story about six OSU players making a little cash on the side is on the front web page of the most trusted name in news? Afterall I would expect to see this story on your parent company Sports Illustrated. Not to mention why it said breaking news, in yellow and black, the stuff you reserve for the real world changing policy or event that becomes etched in history. Are future U.S. students going to be required to know the exact amount each player had to pay. If not then I would advise you to stick to real journalism and leave the sports drama and scores to ESPN, FSN, and SI please, before I lose my respect for you.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate O'Brien

      Thank You!

      December 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eryn

      Dude, turn Fox News back on and be quiet.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anthony Ravenell

    Why are these young men not removed from playing the game on Saturday? Here is the reason why Ohio State fans it is because there is a televised bowl game and you care about winning than about these young men serving their punishment! The NCAA is a racket organization who give more about the damn money it makes off of these young men than them holding to standards. Look at NCAA football graduation rates to get a gist what is important to these schools and the NCAA. Hypocrites!

    December 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. noleholla

    Why wait till next year before the penalties take place. They should be suspended for the bowl game too

    December 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SomeoneSaid

    The rules are stupid .. they put them in place for a reason .. so what if a booster had given him 100K for the ring? .. it's a matter of value, not necessarily the act. I get the ' .. it's their stuff, they can do whatever they want with it..' arguement, but again .. value point. And they are going to let them play in the bowl game? and you let newtron off as well?..and yet you hammer USC for doing the same thing .. double standards..NCAA making the rules up as they go along.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phil

    OK, I know this has been gone over already, but I still don't understand (other than the fact that the NCAA feels it's justifiable to create double standards. These college students are selling/pawning items that BELONG TO THEM something millions of Americans do every day) and are being punished for it. While the NCAA can use them to sell tickets/jerseys/magazines/television contracts/other memorabilia for a profit and it is justifiable. Now, unless the NCAA is saying that the players received and exorbinant amount in sale/trade (which it doesn't appear based on this article) then what is the big deal doing what is legal by all but NCAA's twisted standards.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Of course none of the games they have to sit out are Big Ten games. They should be suspended from Big Ten games. You never see these kind of infractions happening at Penn State.

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

      Penn State is the most penalized team in the Big 10 BY FAR.. alcohol, assult, academic issues... I'll take these kids selling some of there stuff to make ends meet over a bunch of delinquents.. Before you reply look at the statistics... Penn State has had SERIOUS problems in the past 10 years.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FRED

    Geesh you can't sell your own stuff. That's retarded.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RumblerOne*

    Yankees pay no income tax

    Plus they get a huge writeoff

    December 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jeff

    Why do they need this money and why do they need to sell the awards they should be proud. Maybe they should not get awards or anything.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ASU2004

    The NCAA has once again proven that it is not looking out for the best interest of anyone but the almight dollar. Cam Newton was given a free pass so the NCAA would sell tickets to the National Championship game and get viewers for teh Heisman Presentation. Pryor and his teammates get a pass so that the NCAA can sell tickets to a bowl game as well. The "rules" only apply when a smaller school or less notable player breaks them. This is another example of the NCAA failing as a governing body.

    Notice how quickly this ruling was made...meanwhile UNC still is awaiting word on an investigation that began in July. How is that equitable enforcement?

    December 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Chair

      Different situations.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cybersport

    They should have been suspended for the bowl game.... IMHO That would never have happened because ESPN wants a good TV show in the Sugar Bowl

    December 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dr Evil

    This is a business. If the players don't like it they can go the the CFL or go play semi-pro somewhere. It's not like the universities pocket this money. They pay coaches, trainers, all the support staff. They pay for facility maintenance, advertising. They fund other sports with that revenue. And they provide the forum for these players to showcase themselves. They invest way more and risk more (see spending a scholarship on criminals, flunkies, cheaters or.....gasp, bad players). Suck it up and be broke for 4 years like every other college kid. You get the same education without having to borrow $80k.

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