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. Erik

    To all of those who say these kids should be paid something to be playing, well they are paid. Tuition for OSU is 33,000 a year for out of state students. A full ride pays for all of this. So over four years these students are paid 132,000 dollars and get a four year degree to boot. The fact that most of them come from poor familys is no excuse to think they should get more than this. The fact that they got into college on their physical abilities instead of their brains should be some indication that they are going to make stupid mistakes, and should be penalized for them. There are many more kids out there to take the place of them.

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

      Now of all the things I have read the statement that implies student athletes are stupid is real ignorant.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RumblerOne*

    Most NFL owenrs get gigantis tax advantges

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

    The NCAA has lost its mind. The players should be able to sell what is rightfully theirs. Stupid rule.

    The bigger issue in my humble opinion is that the players show ZERO respect for the university. They should cherish these items ... not pawn them off for quick cash. Demonstrates that the players also only care about the bottom line.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Billy

    It's favoritism towards OSU once again. NCAA penalties have always been immediate, but for OSU there's an exception. No matter. Arkansas will beat them like red headed step-children. Fortunate they didn't have to play Michigan State this year.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Billy what favoritism are you talking about. The NCAA acted very fast to punish OSU. Next year will be tough without 5 of your top players in the game. The fact that Ohio State didn't play Michigan State this year was determined several years ago. They have played them in the past and both won and lost big games against the Spartans. Who knows, maybe the Buckeyes would have won a game this year and ruined MSU's season. It really doesn't matter because it has nothing to do with this issue. Now, if you want to talk about NCAA favoritism I can really name some Universities that have gotten special treatment in the past if you want to go that route. But lets don't and say we did.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nuthaborin jokus

    Officials have declined the sale attempts (still on ebay) of used jock straps
    -starting bid: 19.95. No bidders at this time.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. matt

    It’s amazing to think that anyone would even consider these guys as “slaves”. For those that are not in the current “know” of the price of a college education listen to this. Fist off $160,00 worth of education for playing a sport they love, meals are provided at no charge at all in (some not all) private dining facilities open only to the athletes, a large majority obtain a masters and some even 2 before their eligibility is up, and a roof over their head. I spent 12 years in the Army before being medically discharged for injuries in Iraq. I will be lucky not to have to borrow money in order to finish school in hopes that I can find a job that will pay 40k a year. Get real people our service members don’t get half the perks that a student athlete gets and most of you would rather sit on here and b#$%^ about it then say oh well they didn’t follow the rules. Be thankful this bowl season that some where there is a US service member doing what most people wouldn’t even consider doing to protect your freedoms. So when you turn on that game, stop and think, what did you do that was so special to be able to enjoy it?

    December 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RumblerOne*

    Politicans never pay for college or major pro games

    Hell probably 25 percent of guys at the Super Bowl are pols there on our dime

    December 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    First, these athletes are idiots. They know better. Kudos for AD Gene Smith taking the blame. He's doing the right thing by standing up for his athletes.

    Second, the NCAA rule is stupid & hypocritical. The NCAA makes MILLIONS off the sale of CFB jerseys, but they can get away with it b/c the athlete's name isn't on the back of them. You're telling me someone buys a #2 Ohio State jersey b/c they don't know they player it represents? Also, how much $$$ do the players see from the sale of their jerseys? Not 1 dime. NFL players make a %age of the sale of their jerseys, & CFB players get nothing. What a load a crap. Then the NCAA wants to suspend guys for selling items THAT BELONG TO THEM. Who cares where they got those items? You're telling me that if my company gives me a tote bag & I sell it that it's wrong? It's not wrong, it's subjective.

    Third, all of you Ohio State bashers, get over yourselves. I don't condone the behavior of the 1% of fans that act like idiots, but the reason that you don't see that kind of stuff on other campuses is simple, Ohio State fans just care more. USC can't barely fill their stadium when they're doing well, but their fans are "tame". Give me a break.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ron

    Enough of the anti OSU statements. Enough of the Slavery arguments. Enough with the name calling. Just take a deep breath and relax. Why they would sell those things buggers the imagination but sell them they did. I still have my high school jersey and I am 70 years old. Maybe they really didn't know that selling their own personal property at a profit was against the rules. Making a profit is the rule of business not selling it for what its worth – they evidently did learn that much in college. Fair market value? What the heck is that anyway? Fair market value is what the sucker (er, customer) will pay for the item. Got any thing made in China? Think you paid fair market value for it. Yea, right! Those are the rules, they broke them. $cam Newton bought a stolen lap top computer, claimed he didn't know it was 'hot.' He also didn't know what his father was doing when he was shopping around for a better price. He was doing this behind this 'student athletes' back. Didn't Newton need to know where he was going to be attending college. You talk about slavery, dad sold his own kid for a profit. But then maybe he got 'Fair Market Value' for him. As for not being banned from this years bowl game, guess who makes money from that and you will have your answer. This controversy will help increase revenues considerably, besides, this is a minor violation of the rules not a criminal act. I think that a 5 game suspension next year is excessive and not fair to the other players who have lived by the rules. One last thing, I have never heard so much trash talk about a university as I hear on this site. OSU is a good school with many outstanding graduates in many fields. If you ever get the chance to meet Archie Griffin and are not impressed with him then you have some serious problems of your own. Oh, and by the way, please don't cheat on your taxes next year, no deductions you really haven't earned, no over inflated donations to charities or the poor, those things are against the rules you know. You have been warned!

    December 23, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avid-Buckeye

      Nicely put! Anyone want to bet how many of these 5 guys turn pro now?

      December 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Chair


      The student-athletes involved were given a four game suspension because that's what the secondary infractions penalty schedule calls for in this case. A one game suspension was added on top because the student-athletes did not come forth and report the violation once they learned that they had indeed commited an infraction, which is required of them under the ethical conduct rule.

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

    It's not a "free education" you morons. The colleges have no heart felt interest in these athletes other than to make BILLIONS off them. This is business. And NO they don't have time to go get a job and expect to be 100% on the field. They go to class, practice, weight room, game. However they are still broker than shyt aside from "handouts" which they legally are not allowed to take. I'm sure they did what they deemed necessary with stuff THEY OWNED. Fvck a stupid award.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Chair

      Actually, 90% of all Division I FBS athletic departments lose money and are in debt.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Largo Barbara

    these are idiots – if there are rules against this sort of thing – why break them. Everyone gets caught eventually and it certainly bites you.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Riiiiight

    Maybe the real problem is that there are morons willing to spend money on useless memorabilia!! If there wasnt a market for this stupid junk that is essentially WORTHLESS (intrinsically worthless, not market-worthless) there wouldn't even BE a discussion. Spend your money on something worthwhile rather than useless crap you can show off to your "fan"ataic friends.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Losers in here all day

    LOL @ all the disgruntled wannabes in here jumping on the college kids. "Rules are rules" or "Why weren't they suspended for the bowl game" WAAAHHHHH I want them to suffer and have a miserable life like me, WAAAHHHH. Shut up losers.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. patricia

    At least miami didn't have the reffs throw. The game on the final play to win a national championship! Miami student who will. Never forget it!

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

      Patricia, the refs didn't blow the call. They were slow maybe but it was the right call. The replay showed that over and over again. The call they blew, and it has been commented on by the talking heads on all of the networks, was the pass interference against the OSU receiver by a Miami player that would have allowed Ohio State to maintain possession and run the clock out. Thus, now tie game, no overtime, no controversy. Get over it, go on with your life, or get one.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ren s.

    I heard that Jim Tressel was dirty at his other Ohio program before he came to OSU and they were going to investigate him there and then he got the OSU job – this stinks and should be investigated!

    December 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      I heard that too – who can do something about this now??? We need help?

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

      I agree – lets get on this bandwagon!!!! The NCAA should clean this place up once and for all!!

      December 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larryboy

      Wow, I did not know this! They better take a good look at this.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      That is just awful. Jim Tressel diirty? You have got to be kidding me. He is 'Mr. Clean' compared to other coaches in the NCAA. He doesn't even argue with the refs when he has a real gripe. It just seems that if you excel at your job, you must be 'dirty.' If your sports program is good and filled with winning tradition, it must be flawed. You guys need to hang out in better bars – you are getting some really bad info.

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