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. Carlton

    Players make millions for these schools while they don't get any of it. Modern day slavery, making millions off the sweat of the backs of others!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • christo67

      Pryor is cute!

      December 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jellymon

      Carlton–I take great offense to you using the term slave. NOBODY has FORCED them to play a game. If they don't like it then they can choose not to play.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewsOrGossip

      YES!!! Somebody said it outloud! I AGREE! The student football players are not your F'ing slaves. They can sell their belongings if they want to. BUT in reality, they should get PAID!

      December 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      but if they don't play they lose their scholarship and many can't afford a college education without playing. so ye,s it is forced servitude

      December 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • pand1972

      Please quit comparing college football players to early day slaves. They may not get cash bonuses for what they do but they are getting a FREE education at a top-notch school. Oh and if they're that good, they get a chance to play pro ball one day and make more money than that college could ever afford to pay!!!

      December 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • christo67

      Why so concerned...slaves...they are Black..Hello?...Holla!

      December 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • NCAA Is the Epitome of Hypocrisy

      Actually, in a manner of speaking they are "forced". Athletes are ineligible to go straight to the NFL out of high school because of league rules. So essentially if you want to play in the NFL you have to play at a university for at least 3 years...

      December 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJP

      they do get paid! They don't pay for their schooling, most meals and their housing.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      BS. If there were more white players then no one would be pulling that card. These guys get scholarships to play football. Are students who get scholarships to get good grades and beef up the schools image also slaves? No, because they all have the choice and freedom which is what slaves do not have.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • NCAA Is the Epitome of Hypocrisy

      These players don't have time for part-time jobs to earn income and their scholarships apply only to their tuition, books and meals. However, what if you want to go home for the holidays? How are you going to buy a plane or train ticket? What if you want to buy new clothes or something as simple as cold medicine? Hmm? If you come from a middle-class family, etc. your parents can help you buy things. That is not the case with poverty.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      football players USE the system – just like the system USES them.

      Most of these so called athletes couldn't get a job at McDonald's. scholarship runs tens of thousands of dollars and are wasted on them as most never finish school anyhow. But fans don't care – as long as they can win – at anything.

      Pathetic situation.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      In exchange for their prowess on the field, most of them receive a paid education. Let's remember that the point of college is not to play football, but to be educated.

      December 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timothy

      How do "these" kids not have time for a part-time job? They are fortunate to be student athletes, not only do they get free tuition which includes room, board and books, but they are also given "sponsorship" clothes including shoes and priority scheduling to accommodate the most out of their day (practice workarounds). This gives them plenty of time to get get a part time job. I know a few student athletes that have part time jobs. They still get their studying done, go to practice, class and actually work for what they want or need. I don't agree with the slave comment, since OSU was brought up, tuition for instance is roughly $9,000 a quarter and room and board is $2,140 that leaves a player that uses their agreement, with the university to play for a season in trade of a years tuition with room and board, to its optimal potentially receiving $44,560 in compensation from the university a year. Over the course of 4 years this amount can go up based on board approval for tuition hike. This means a player who stays all 4 years receives Room, Board and Tuition equal to at least $178,240. Throw in free textbooks which can be equivalent to $1,000 a year in depending on major and courses taken and you are up to $182,000(rounded down). Sounds more like indentured servitude or any binding contract that two parties both willing enter into(where one gets compensated for work done). This comes without having to burden their own pockets or families to cover this cost. In college I participated in a large team sport that always brings in big money to university. Our schedule for practice was set, there was no priority scheduling for classes, we had to pay for our own books, room, board and tuition. I still graduated with a 3 point while working 30+ hours a week to pay for everything needed. So what is the excuse for not having time to work a "part-time job" because "they are student athletes?" Sounds like poor management skills if you ask me. If they want or need money they should earn it like everyone else by actually working and not selling gifts that are given to them by the university. After all not every student gets a Big Ten championship ring or gold pants when their school wins out.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Penney

    I cannot find the blog for Pat Ricardson, but this in regard to the new of the day on his statement regarding pot.

    I would like to say that obviously, anchor guy, you are not a christian person, otherwise you would not have taken this out of context and distorted what he said!!! of course all drugs are bad, but lets put things into perspective. 10 years for a couple ounces of pot for a young person? A true christian would help the young person with rehab and not lock him up and throw away the key. Young people are impressionablle and some need way more guidance than others. Look at some of our past president, probably this one too, with their frat parties and drug use - I don't see them doing time, but that's okay, right! The only one who has a right to pass judgment, and the ONLY ONE, is the Lord, so get down off your so-called high pedestal and learn to be the meek, humble person you're supposed to be!! Stop your blabber mouth!

    December 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Min

    Unfortunately they weren't smart enough to have their Dad sell those items.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NC Rob

    I don't understand why they aren't allowed to sell things that BELONG to them. Would they be suspended if they sold a car or some old furniture? These were personal belongings that the players earned. It seems hypocritical for the NCAA -who makes millions off of these kids – to suspend them for trying to make a few bucks. I can undrestand not getting services for free (or at a discount) but selling a few things that they worked for is no major offense in my book. It's not like Tyrell Pryor has time to go out ang get a job. Oh, that's right! He already has one, but all the money earned goes into other people's pockets. The NCAA is more corrupt then any of these players.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Chair

      @NC Rob.

      They are prohibited from selling these items because the Division I member schools do not want them to sell them. Until the membership decides to change the rule, it will always be in effect.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom

      I don't think their autograph is considered a belonging in this case...they don't want them profiting from their sport since they are not professionals yet.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • NCAA Is the Epitome of Hypocrisy

      But it's ok for the players to have to do press conferences before and after games? They're also in commercials leading up to the high profile games. Why is that ok?

      December 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    Well put!

    December 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nathan

    Another example of how pathetic the NCAA is. The lesson to be learned here is that when you are questioned, you lie. If you tell the truth and don't make the NCAA big $$$, they hammer you (see UNC). If you lie repeatedly and you play in the SEC (or you're a big $$$ school), the NCAA applies a different set of standards or completely turn a blind eye. 5 game suspension next year? Please. They should be suspended for the bowl game and several of them can just go pro without facing any punishment. The NCAA needs to be disbanded.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. matt

    sorry fro the typo...I meant "CARS"...

    December 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      sorry "for" the typo... whoops– I type too fast

      December 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    For what it's worth which is really nothing. They sold what was theirs. What if he sold a TV or car or had a yard sell and got rid of items they did not need anymore. The discounts maybe but in college doing what they did makes them bums. Doing what they did as pros would make them heroes. Bad rule for any school or player.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. matt

    They need to teach these kids NOT to be like Micheal Vick- they should take a class in how to be a real man and not operate dog fighting businesses like MOST of the black pro- athletes in the NFL and NBA.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • NCAA Is the Epitome of Hypocrisy

      Most black athletes participate in dog fighting? Any evidence to back that up? Let's see... approximately 70% of NFL players are African-American... and there are more than 1,500 players in the league... so that means over 1,000 players are involved in dog fighting. So... what are there names? Hmm? Do you know? Oh wait, you just used one example as a generalization. Good for you.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doc

      If there is one thing that makes me madder than animal cruelty, it's idiots who make rascist comments.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sculpin

    I really thought that after the whole Maurice Clarett debacle, Buckeye players would be so careful about anything that involves money or any other benefits changing hands before they graduate. It's so short sighted, esp. for the really talented players whose careers will definitely be tarnished by this.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Craig

    I agree with the question as to why they can't sell their own stuff, but as a fan, I find it disappointing that they would sell their championship rings. That fact takes away the importance of earning the Championship. Why should I be proud OSU is among the best year in and year out if the players themselves, through demonstration by their actions, don't have pride in it.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      I agreed with you at first, but if they really needed the money (which I bet they don't) they were the more valuable things to sell to get that money.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Asauti Samuel

    Some of you are giving quite a bit of support to the NCAA and their system of rules... so raise your hand if the NCAA should be even more strict.

    How about if the NCAA requires all student athletes to sign a piece of paper saying that they – the NCAA, actually own them (the students) and all of their possessions? That would be cool, no?

    December 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jbond

    Most athletes that are pro material take nonsense courses!! Like if x plus 2 equals 4 what value is x?

    December 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    What idiot would pay for these athletes items. Ohio State and College sports in general are a real joke and a scar on the face of humanity. When I see an overweight family of Ohio State fans parading around town in mini vans with flags, all of the garb and soft round faces full of cheeseburgers, it breaks my heart to know that people in Ohio really are sad pig like creatures who have nothing better to do with life than relive the glory days. Imagine what a few cents from every moron who "lives for thier team" could do for mankind.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewsOrGossip

      Paul, you don't eat Cheeseburgers?....You're making fun of these people, but what else is there to do in that location?

      December 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • SEC Guy

      Paul... go find a hobby. Your hatefulness isn't appreciated.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • F*** the ncaa

      you gotta be a some low life geek!! to say some stupid BS like that...just cause you didn't get picked for dogeball in school don't give you the right to bash the sport... get a life and if it's that bad for you just do us all a favor and go hang your self!! GO BUCKEYES!! the ncaa and these rules are really uncalled for all it has done is ruin their career in the game

      December 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      So, wait...one of the finest research universities in the world is a joke and a scar on the face of humanity?

      OSU has renowned scholars such as Alex Wendt, Lonnie Thompson, Rick Herrman and others. Are they scars on the face of humanity?

      December 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      Paul you are a complete moron and must be from Michigan.

      December 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Name*tdoggz

    You people who don't understand why this cannot happen is bc if it were legal to sell your "college football gifts" than schools who give away the most "gifts" will get the best players bc they know they would make the most money going to that school.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
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