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. MARK

    WHEN WOULD PEOPLE WAKE UP AND REALIZE COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS MODERN SLAVERY. EVERYONE GETS RICH AND ENTERTAINED OF THE BACKS OF THESE GUYS WHO OFTEN CANNOT AFFORD THE BEAR NECESSITIES. SURE A MINUTE FRACTION GO ON TO THE NFL BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THE VAST MAJORITY? WHY WOULD THESE GUYS SELL THESE ITEMS FOR 1-2K IF NOT FOR NEED? SHAME ON US FOR ALLOWING THIS TO CONTINUE

    December 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      MARK – you idiot – its called scholarships etc........

      Again – most of these athletes couldn't find a job flippin burgers. They are lucky to be physically gifted – that is all.
      No one puts a gun to there head and forces them to do anything. They are pampered and made to feel special when all they can do is run or shoot a ball – fkn crazy!

      December 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doc

      The correct term is 'bare' necessities...not "bear" necessities. Those would be things necessary to a bear. You should probably calm down, stop shouting, and get a better grip on your language skills.

      December 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. msuman

    I'm an official grammer policeman

    December 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SEC Guy

      I'm the official spelling police... and its spelled "grammar".

      December 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. msuman

    did dat on porpose

    December 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Illiterati

      MSU literacy fail... it's "purpose", not "porpose" and I won't even comment on "dat".

      December 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SEC Guy

    They don't get any allowances. The kids are flat broke. They can't get a job anywhere for fear it will look like a pay-for-play scheme. Most come from poorer families. What the hell. They are kids. They wanna be able to go on dates or go out and have some fun. You think they wouldn't have preferred to keep their championship memorabilia? There needs to be some changes to how things are done in the NCAA.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I think if you found ou what they spent the money on you'd change your mind. What do these guys need money for? Their tuition, room and board are covered. Food...covered. Aren't they supposed to be studying? So, what is the money going for? I think you'd find that these kids are much more ignorant than the average student out there. The graduation rates speak volumes. Wish my tuition and board were paid for when I went to school. You don
      T see this behavior from the non revenue sporting students? Would a college golfer sell his US Amateur trophy? Not a
      chance!!!!!

      December 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • SEC Guy

      @Mark
      It's possible. But I've known a few collegiate football players and they have absolutely NO money to do anything with. Go to the movies? No. Go out to eat (off-campus)? No. Money to take a girl out on a date? No. And they can't get money in any of the normal ways cause it looks bad. You have to remember that these guys ARE still kids. They don't want to be confined to their dorms and the campus during those few times they have "leave". Would you? When I was in school I enjoyed any chance I could to get off campus.

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

      they do get food allowences. they have a roof over their head, they have their school paid for, and yes they do have "going out" money. but if its their stuff i dont think they should be punished.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Name*Steve

    I wonder how many student-athletes across the country have done worse and never been punished?

    December 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Karl

    Pryor Is Goin to the cleveland browns we need him

    December 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • roy

      yeah, that makes sense genius. they just drafted colt mccoy last year.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tim

    I have been watching college football for over 30 years. The media has made this kids bigger than life for along time. the universities have been busy making millions of dollars off of these atheletes. Time to change the structure of the NCAA. Punishing the atheletes for selling personal property now??? OR just get rid of the NCAA altogether.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. roy

    just go pro. f college football and their monopoly.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick Springfield

    OSU boosters have already come forward and paid the fines for all those players. So its kind of a moot point and rather pointless to ever fine an NCAA player as there are deep, deep pockets in the Ohio valley.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Amy

    Hey, Paul that made the comment about Ohioians, I'm sure you're real slim since you spend all your time in front of the computer posting dumb comments. Must take up a lot of your time since you're obviously so stupid.......I'd like to see the Ohio State players use you for tackle practice, after they've had a BIG cheeseburger!!!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. abby

    These athletes have already learned the golden rule of athletics - it's the gold that matters.... Money first!!

    December 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    Yeah, sounds like a really harsh punishment to me... as the NCAA is known for imposing these days. After all, you can even choke your coach like Spreewell did and they will be forced to take you back after your suspension is up. Is there anything short of murder that would get someone kicked off of these teams???

    December 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lane Kiffin

    I don't see what all this fuss is about.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    NCAA and OSU including head coach lose credibility on this one. Sending a message of: "We need you for the bowl game but we will sit you for the non-conference schedule", is a bad message to send to athletes. The rules were broken and the penalty should start immediately. The fans may agree but the message to kids is terrible.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fedup

    It is rediculous that the grown men can not decide to sales items that are their own. These colleges profit off of the hard work from these athetes and when they are done the Univeristies dont give a S$%t about them. I wouldn't be paying a dime back. that is their money they earned it.

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