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. Rocco

    I find it interesting that a University can sell game worn uniforms to the highest bidder (Illinois does this, Indiana does this, etc.), but if a player decided to do this then it is illegal. I think what most of us fail to realize is that many of these players come from nothing and do not have the opportunity to work and make money to support themselves, families, etc. I know that paying players is a slippery slope, and this is not what I am saying Universities should do, however with all of the money these schools are making they should be doing more for the families of the players so that they can at least see their children play live.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul Hogue

    The point here is that this is money being given to them by alumni, which is the big problem. The alumni are trying to get around the rules that you can't pay the athletes, so instead they give money to someone to buy personal items for ridiculous prices. Who the hell would want a pair of pants from a player who isn't a star? No one, and no one would find the pants are worth $2500. This is money laundering, not just an innocent sale of personal items.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Buckeyes suck.

    Another reason why the buckeyes suck. What up badgers in the rosebowl?! This is just hilarious. Well done, well done.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Casey

    This whole system of major college sports is unethical and corrupt. Half of these so called scholar athletes don't belong in college to begin with. On top of that they get free rides and other bennies that other students can only wish for. They become the privileged few. They have absolutely no right to complain and whine about their financial situation, when deserving students have to struggle, by taking loans and working part time just to get by. The whole system is disgusting.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. By Any Means

    Most of these kids DO NOT go pro! Most of these kids become very productive citizens in society despite the stereotypes you people in here try and tack on them. You're mad because they are living what you deem as a charmed life but after you get home from a hard day of work you DO want them to entertain you don't you? Of course you do, why else did you buy that HDTV and your sports package. It's a two way street people.

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

      finally someone with some sense.

      December 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ron Jeremy

    uba uba uba

    December 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. magnus

    The suspensions do not go into effect until next season. The NCAA has no balls. If anything, the story is how OSU and the NCAA stroked each other to allow the players to play in the bowl game. THe OSU fans are all excited because they will apply flawed circular reasoning to justify the decision, and the rest of the country will cry foul. The NCAA and the BCS is the biggest fraud organization in sports.

    On a side note, the fact that players were pawning off their Big Ten Championship ring for $1000 is really really sad. The ring should so much more sentimental value. If you sold your ring, then you clearly do not care about OSU or the team's accomplishments.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anna

    Well, I for one think they should be suspended from the bowl game as well, since the incidents happened during the 2010 season.

    Also, I'm a Razorback fan. =)

    December 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BigKev

    Interesting! College coaches with mulit-million dollars contracts, bowl revenue for schools in the millions, network tv coverage of college football worth a few billion maybe and I know I missed something! Yet these guys sell their stuff for a few 1000s. The whole college sports thing is a joke and a modern plantation system. NCAA needs to get a life!

    December 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wyominguy

    Personally I think we need to revert back to the days of Real Discipline and get rid of these "players" ( I use that term with zero respect) who have themselves all inked up and or have the dreadlocks. What a great example for American youth...tats all over and braoded/matted up hair...WOW Impressive.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WDrad

    Doesnt matter that they will make it to the Sugar Bowl, OSU can't beat an SEC team.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mobetta

    If this was done right, Pryor et al would be suspended immediately and not be able to play the bowl games (aka moneymakers). Throw their asses out of school, too.

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

      Really? Throw them out of school for selling their own personal items. Yes, deprive them of an education because they sold their OWN STUFF. Sure they should not have done it if it is against NCAA rules but you have gone a little far on that. If that is the case then Cam Newton should be thrown out too and his Heisman taken away. That makes no sense.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ms J

    Why is this the top story on CNN.com?

    December 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. burrito

    OMG,,Mexicans,always messing up,deport all.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OldSchoolUSA

    Maybe you people should wake up out of your trance. This is the USA, which stands for Under Satans Administration. The conversion started many years ago and is now is full swing. Only certain people are allowed to make money in this nation that was once called the United States of America, but that country was overthrown many years ago by a money sucking viper called many names like; government, senator, president, mayor, movie star, cheater, liar, satan, colleges, pro sports, entertainers, gambling, raping, pillaging. You people make me sick to stomach and all you should be ashmed of what you have allowed to happen in this country. These boys did nothing wrong. You people and all your damned to hell rules and laws.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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