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. SJ

    Before the next person posts another comment about OSU being weak on the punishment and that they should be suspended for the bowl game.... OSU does not determine the punishment. The NCAA does. Your gripe is with them, not OSU. The rules are rules and if they were broken, they should be punished... but having said that...this was a pretty silly infraction. They sold their own belongings for money. Considering the awards they sold should be a pretty special thing for someone playing this game, they must need the cash pretty badly. Since they can't get jobs...another lovely rule... they are stuck in a no win situation. The rules need to change.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hard Worker

    I'm on the athletes side, pro and college. They barely make a fraction of what the owners make. And you can take your "All for me none for you" rules and shove it.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Annoyed in NY

    I would love to see if these guys could pass a GED test. When I was @ Ohio State, athletes were always given passing grades without doing the work.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dinh

    If you give me something and I don't like it or think I can exchange it for something better, I will.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ed

    We have two wars, the national debt is spiraling out of control, unemployment is at a all time high over four decades. Why is this news? Why should we care about this?

    December 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hard Worker

    They're not in debt like the athletes. It only takes one prodigy to put them in the black.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nate O'Brien

    The *REAL* story is that this was CNN.com's *HEADLINE STORY*....not war, not energy, nor any of the dozens of other real issues facing Americans. Nope. A freakin' story about college football players being suspended. When our society falls they are going to laugh at our complete lack of prioritization. Yep, we're right up there with Rome, and we all know how well things turned out for them. But, hey, it's fun to watch a bunch of morons throw a ball up and down a patch of grass, so hey.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. teo

    The question is why are these players allowed to play in their bowl game? There should be some pushback. These kids were basically professionals for a short period of time, selling off things they received for playing football.

    If I were Arkansas I'd be furious. If I were a sponsor I'd be pretty mad, too. Talk about a sellout by college football.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Loud Noises

    So, they are being punished for selling THEIR stuff? This is kind of ridiculous.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Poor Athletes?

    Are there any other kids that go to college and are poor besides these poor athletes who many thing need paid? Bet they would appreciate free tuition, free board, free job connections, free clothes, free publicity and a monthly stipend.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sourturnip

    So they're going to punish kids who don't make money playing for a billion dollar industry for selling things that they own?

    December 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. By Any Means

    THERE'S NOTHING FREE IN THIS WORLD! I can't believe the comments in here, it's like pack of 10 yr olds.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wis

    Yes, you're in college, but then again that doesn't mean you can read, write, do math, and follow rules.

    FAIL-EYES

    December 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. trae

    if you cant sell what was given to you than is it really yours?

    December 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bobby

    These guys are collegiate athletes. Amateurs! They aren't allowed to profit in any way, shape, or form while playing an amateur sport. They profited by selling items that they received, from the NCAA, while playing college football. If they want to make money... go pro! Where is their pride anyway. I hope that whatever they needed the money for was important! It actually cost them in the end!

    December 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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