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. K Man

    I doubt NOBODY in here could last a week in a football program. And I KNOW no one in here is worth paying to watch. That's the difference between you and them. They make billions for their owners and you make billions for the owners by watching them make billions for the owners. The house always wins. Now go back to hating on the wrong guys.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve T

    Looks like Ohio State is living up to its reputation as Slime Central. A second rate program at a second rate school.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Steve T – u tryn ta start sumpfun! I's writtin lik this caus I figgure u must be from tha SEC an just like to jump the QB after the play is done blown dead.
      Where the hell do you get off calling Ohio State slime central? A second rate program at a second rate school? What, you applied there and couldn't get in – right! One of the top ranked schools in the nation with a long history of winning football teams. One of the top producers of NFL draft picks – you think those come from a second rate program? Jeez, what are you smoking anyway?

      December 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LOL

    What did you do kid? I sold my pants. WHAT!

    December 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CTG

    Funny how Dez Bryant lost a full year and these guys get away with truly breaking the rules. NCAA is a joke!!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • reelnole

      It is ironic, Dez lost a year for lying about NOT breaking the rules. These guys get to finish their audition for the pros (bowl game) and leave with NO penalty at all for lying about blatantly breaking the rules. They can't claim ignorance after the national play that Greene from Georgia got, for selling a game jersey.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Beavis

    Everyone involved with college football makes money, right down to the NCAA people handing out these penalties. But if a player sells something that is his property, or trades an item (autograph) for something, they are suspended? BS.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Blake H

    I dont get why you guys say that college football players are broke? THey get a pretty good living allowence each month through their scholarships. My room mate is Darius WIllis. RB at IU. He gets 2000$ a month for, rent, food, etc. And i know someone like pryor gets more than that a month. He shouldn't of sold that crap. He's just being a..... well... a BLACK person! i was going to say the other word. and he sold that stuff for a lot more. The price he has to pay back is what OSU has payed for the items. Now next years season is in jepordy because of a stupid, money hungry NIG. there, i said it. I

    December 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. domeunit

    Go figure Ohio State loses players as soon as they finally have to face an opponent of quality. Ohio State=most overrated football program in the country

    December 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan S.

      So what would you consider to be a good football program given that Ohio State at most loses 1 or 2 games every year?

      December 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Thanks Dan – I couldn't have said it better myself! Just to add a brief history fact – OSU=the only team to win 14 games in one season. Golly what a bunch of slackers they must be...

      December 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    This is nothing. If they play in the sugar bowl then nobody will care. The first 3 games are not even conference Big 10 and I'll be the next two are pushovers. Can you say woopti-doo?

    December 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan S.

      Problem is who wants to commit to playing for a team that is sanctioned by the NCAA. I wouldn't let my kid go there!

      December 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill Milner

    Pants on the ground

    December 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan S.

    Simple fact, this will doom Ohio State football for 4 to 5 years, maybe more. The NCAA prides itself on being a program killer, and this team let it happen. I hope the folks in Ohio like soccer.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |

    "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.”

    This "extra benefit" NCAA regulation is not rocket science. An ordinary rules education program for student athletes should have sufficed.

    Goodby Mr Smith, the Faculty Athletic Rep. and the Compliance Coordinators. The job has not been done.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dodgball

    I've followed OSU football since the 60s and this is sounds like the AD and coaches are getting a buy on the punishment. If the coaches and staff did not instruct the kids on the dos and don'ts, then they are just as guilty, if not more, than the players and should suffer more. But the players need to go away, because they have no pride or self worth.
    I'm about ready to move to Ann Arbor.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jojomonkey

      nah – don't come to my town.
      finding it kind of funny since i'm UM – but overall, to be honest – seems a bit harsh and overkill.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • twiddly

      as if anyone cares...

      December 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Granted they violated and should be punished...but what about Cam Newton ...is the NCAA giving him a free ticket? Roughly $1000 per violation vs. close to possibly $200,000. Don't tell me that he was unaware of his father's actions. As of that action by the NCAA, are they in bed with the Newtons or just too weak to stand up to their own rules and regulations?

      December 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • nottom

      Cam Newton is a completely different issue. Even if you don't believe he didn't know what his father was doing, there is still no evidence that he actually got any money.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jbfloyd60

      In response to the Cam Newton situation.. Its not that he didn't see the money or accept any which is BS. But his dad did.. You cannot shop your kid or accept benefits on behalf of the student athlete, in this case his son. That is up and down the SEC and NCAA bylaws. The penalization is actually to be suspended the entire season. NCAA is all $$$.. Big time viewership with marquee players leads to alot of $$.. Cmon now I hope you knew this..

      December 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jbfloyd60

      That is why the NCAA said they have to reconfigure the bylaws. They knew they found a very small loophole and were wrong on their decision. I can't wait til my kid is a star and goes to college. I will hit the lottery and get away with it. Pure BS. Auburn's boosters are a joke. Its no secret what goes on there with the casino owner boosters.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      sounds like the poor boys needed money.....wonder what for??

      December 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hank Irelan

      I don't understand this rule. I have a jacket from when I was on a traveling team if I sell that will my son be trouble. That is how rediculous these rules are getting.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      I just wonder what looney toons would pay that kind of money for shirts and pants etc.

      Pathetic fas will do anything to make themselves feel better!

      December 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abin

      sweet tattoo though...

      December 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Well, could be investors. Could be trustees. Could be collectors. Could be wealthy alum to whom $2500 is the equivalent of $5 to you and I. Not sure it has that much to do with feeling better about themselves.

      December 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • hatedodgball

      I hope you do go to michigan...what kind of fan are you? Only when things are good will you stick by the bucks

      December 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby Williamson

      First of all I am a Georgia Bulldoy fan and A. J. Green sold his jersey last summer for a $1000 and the NCAA suspended him for the first four games of this season. If the Ohio State players committed the crime this year, why aren't they being punished this year? Who is to say they will even come back to Ohio State next year to play? If they don't, then Ohio State and the players would be getting off scott free with no penilty. The punishment isn't fair and to hell with the NCAA and Ohio State.

      December 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimii

      This is a joke – suspending for 5 games for apparently trading some clothes for tatoos? What planet is the NCAA from? They look the other way with the blatent shopping of Cam Newton and then slam these guys. If anything the NCAA or the OSU coaches blew it. Would any big time college football star knowingly jeoprize being suspended for half a season by trading a jersey for a tatoo? It sounds like something kids would maybe do – so let them be kids...or student atheletes. This whole thing stinks of idiocy and double standards. Big Times sports is a joke & Big Business – why not just admit it and pay these young men for all the revenue they generate for the networks and their schools.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nuschler

      It's a "bye" not a "buy" for the AD and coaches.
      This is just ridiculous! Colleges are getting tens of millions of dollars for bowl games and from alumni...Football coaches are making 5-10 million a year in salary and the same with ADs.

      Yet everyone goes ballistic over a few players making a few thousand for selling part of a uniform? Puh-lease! What a bunch of hypocrites you all are! The NFL uses BCS schools as their minor league teams. How much money do you think a "Cam Newton" brings to Auburn? Millions!! Yet he is not supposed to get a dime? Hypocrites!

      It is time "student-athletes" were paid...just like any work-study job on campus...and if you think there is "purity" in college sports your IQ must be abysmally low!

      December 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • hollytomms

      that is something http://hollytomms.wordpress.com/ check it

      December 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • b

      NCAA is run by old farts. reform policies now! terrelle pryor brings in more money for that school than any "ohio state taxpayer." Give him a cut of what HE EARNS!

      January 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Really

    I see getting punished for excepting discounted services..but what is wrong with them selling their own belongings?

    December 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jojomonkey

      i guess they don't want let a trend start. i'm thinking they could have gotten a lot more money. but, if it was me – i couldn't sell something like that – it's not an individual victory or an individual that makes up a team – its a team – and loyalty and honor is paramount. its about keeping integrity and having the responsibility to do the right thing. but then again, what role models are there in this country anymore? went to UM, worked in CO, now live in NYC and it's a crapchute – the city/country falling apart – wall street getting away w/ crazy things – and penalizing football players and making it so public. crazy.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • twiddly

      You are hereby suspended from further postings by The Grammar Police.
      We hope you will "except" this punishment in the spirit in which it was given.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewsOrGossip

      Yeah, what's wrong with selling your own belongings! They're students...they needed the money evidently to pay for school and food. What the heck are they supposed to do, rob little old ladies? Don't pay it back...leave the school.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • nottom

      I think the reason the NCAA doesn't want kids selling their stuff is that it is a slippery slope from there to payments for players. If they allowed them to sell jerseys and game pants and stuff, then that gives kids who go to bigger schools an additional incentive to go there since Ohio State boosters are likely going to pay more for that stuff than a Boise State fan (and may even arrange to buy whatever certain recruits offer to sell in advance to attract them to their school). I don't necessarily agree with this view, but I'm pretty sure its the reason behind the ruling. This is the same thing the kid from UGA got in trouble for earlier this year so the NCAA is also in a spot where they need to follow their own precedent.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • livetoplay

      Finally pryor isn't getting everything he wanted. he's acted like he's untouchable these past couple years because of how successful they're team has been. of course they're going to get in trouble for selling their things! the university basically pays the players with clothes, food and many other amenities. they certainly don't need more money, especially if they're players like pryor who playing football for free.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doc

      If players are allowed to sell gifts and awards, then money can be funneled to players by just giving them items of value and then allowing them to exchange those items for cash from anyone willing to buy them. (like boosters) That would clearly violate the 'student athlete' intentions of the NCAA. I think it is a very good rule. What's fishy is how they determined that the athletes involved can play in the Sugar Bowl.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doc

      BTW, I'm sure they can sell those items once they graduate or leave college athletics.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • lifelongbuckeyefan

      I love the buckeyes and want them to win, but not at any cost. The program is more important than any individual. Regardless of what the NCAA decides to do, Tressel should suspend all 5 players for the Sugar Bowl. What they did was foolish and can't be justified. I'm sure the coaches and university went over NCAA rules ad nauseum with all of the players (repeatedly). Sad day to be a buckeye...sadder day if Tress looks the other way and lets the 5 play despite their lack of regard for the program and its traditions.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    Suspended next year? They should be suspended for their upcoming Bowl game as well.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewsOrGossip

      They evidently needed the money, so what's your problem with it? Do you pay for their meals, their clothes and everything every other basic student need?

      December 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Suspend them?! That's absolutely ridiculous. If they don't play they wouldn't have anything to sell if they won!

      December 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • teresa85

      You don't need to go to a Big 10 school to figure that one out do you?? bowl games = BIG MONEY... 'Nuff said!

      December 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt in ID

      I agree with Michael that they should be suspended immediately. Arkansas has had a great season, except for the 3rd Quarter of the Alabama game and the 2nd half of the Auburn game, but they have no student athlete violations. And the ESPN male cheerleaders always bag on them. It does NO good to punish the Ohio State players next season. They're laughing all the way to the bank.

      December 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maplecity

      I totally agree Michael!!!

      December 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ASU2004

    How many NCAA employees sell their memorabilia and employee tickets on eBay? Let's get an investigation going there.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
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