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. Lou Christine

    The NCAA and colleges are blood suckers! They stand on the shoulders of the athletes, make big time money off them and could care less if they starved. The NCAA is a phony baloney outfit, two faced, fat cat officials who never pay for a meal or a hotel room or transportation and just like that punk Goodell in the NFL are thugs in suits. I wish the NFL and college football would go down the drain and I love the sport. If you own it, sell it. When is the ACLU gonna step in and suit the heck out of these thugs in suits with fat bellies?

    December 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • tca

      believe me i used to think like this. but after being there, i know first hand how dumb a couple of these guys are. they are getting an 75k education for free plus refunds, places to stay, cars, etc. its not bloodsucking. they have a full dept of people set up to study FOR THEM. yes, tutor and STUDY for them. bottom line is NCAA shouldn't be a minor league for the NFL but believe me, these guys are living well.

      December 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Micah

    This is reminiscent of the "dark days" of John Cooper era. He was the king of letting the chickens run the chicken coop (no pun intended).

    December 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greg512

    This just proves that the NCAA is a slave organization, intent on keeping its tight grip on its players, viewing them as profit centers rather than human beings.

    December 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ang

      I know you are all upset (perfectly fine) but u need to stop comparing this to slavery...I am SURE this is nothing like slavery...NOTHING...bad comparison. Free school+monthly paycheck+popularity=Slavery....Really???

      December 23, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ang

    These players ARE paid! They receive free schooling along with a monthly stipened! Please...they don't have to pay for anything so their excuses are silly. If they sell their stuff thats on them, but please dont act like they need the money...

    December 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. danceonedge

    This is ridiculous! College football is professional for the college and the coaches, but if any player happens to make a nickel it is a national scandal. If I was a college player, I would quit and go pro at the first chance.

    December 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coach Lew

      How much do you think they are getting paid a year? I'm sure it is close to $60,000 each a year for their scholarship/meals/health care/room and board. Not bad for just having fun playing a sport. True they do fall in the category as entertainers but also they are only 19-23 yrs old for the most part. So if they stay in school for four years that would come to $240,000.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jib

    christo67's real name is Christopher....

    December 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. linda

    Didn't this also just happened at university of north carolina at chapel hill? Those players weren't allowed to play this season so why should ohio state be allowed to let their players play in the upcomimg bowl game

    December 23, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coach Lew

      I agree, keep them from the Bowl Game entirely.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rightwingrad

    LAMO! I guess the "juice" is getting expensive if you have to hock your pants!

    December 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jkretz

    Pryor is an egotist and a braggart. They all knew right from wrong when it comes to what they did. It's just another example of the continuing problem OSU has with their football players. Year after year, one or two of their players give the school and the state a bad name by managing to get into trouble. Doing things that they are old enough to know that are wrong, even common sense should tell them they were wrong, but they must not have any of that or feel they are above the rules and regulations!! Now they will let the school plead ignorance for them. These kids are treated like royalty by the school while the rest of the students must work hard and abide by the rules and regulations. What happened to honor, loyalty, and the good example they should be setting for those to follow!!

    December 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coach Lew

      That is so true.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Derrick

    I can believe that ppl actually would agree with a rule like this. Its an old rule but needs to be amendant. As a former athlete we dont get everything as people think. Further reports stated that some of the athletes did this to help out their familes. People can be so backward on things. Millions upon millions are made by these players each year for the school and the program, i can understand the rules on accepting certain type gifts but when times get tough as it is right now for a lot of families and you sell your own stuff, i dont care if it was a gift then there is a problem. in Ohio case if you think about how many millions of dollars these players have made for the school over 4 years, going to bowl games etc, compare it to what they get there is no comparison. See you could go on the school store right now and purchase a replica and the school will make money. They are not being suspended because that will disrupt the ticket and revenue sales. What the NCAA and Ohio state will make on TV revenues and the 8 mil i believe the school will get if they win. BTW there was a report posted this week talking about coaching assistants making 400k and more a year and we are here bashing theses athletes because they sold their own property to help out their familes, ugh.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Coach Lew

    As an avid Buckeye fan since 1948 I think these five kids have no respect for their university or themselves. They don't understand exactly what an honor it is to have been awarded a Big Ten Championship ring and the Michigan Golden pants. As a football coach if they were in my program and done something like that, I sure wouldn't let them play in a Bowl game to further their career as a future professional. Winning the Sugar Bowl would be nice but to let them play would be a big mistake. Especially for the immature Terrell Pryor that never did live up to his accolades.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Geary Tiffany

    NCAA! Absolute BS! You're talking about minimal dollars, that ought to be punished perhaps to the tune of a 1 game suspension next year. Cam Newton is still under investigation with no planned punishment for his father's transgressions and who knows where this will end. Certainly, the young men used poor judgement, but 5 GAMES! Come-On! And also, "You can play in the Sugar Bowl" Obviously, monetary influence for the Sugar Bowl is prime. You are either " pregnant or not".

    THE NCAA GOVERNING BODY'S ruling is both disgusting and short-sighted!!! If certain vain and demonstrating rulings continue, you can kiss off college athletics as not only a precursor to a professional career, but to the demise of amateur and professional athletics as we know it. Maybe this type of evolution is as it should be, but have we gone too far?

    Geary

    December 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mann

    The only violation I see, is that these athletes have no pride in their school. There must not be any importance in winning any of these awards if they are going to sell them or trade them. As far as the cheeseburger's go I like a nice steak

    December 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hobbit

    NCCA Schools make billions off the kids. The only way this is fair is if the schools and NCCA has to give away all the money made from football games, tv contracts, and to school linked products to none NCCA related nonprofit orginizations. The NCAA schools are big business. The kids hoping to play in the NFL are forced to play for at least three years. (SAVE THE FREE EDUCATION BS FOR SOME ONE ELSE. THESE KIDS PAY FOR THEIR EDUCATION BY WORKING TO EARN THESE RICH BUSINESSES BILLIONS.)

    December 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. buckeyes67

    cmon ncaa get your head out of your ass you give them a trophy for winning a championship that is theirs they fn earned it why dont you believe them you did cam (son of a preacher man .go on take the money and run ) newton.lets see $100,000+or $2000.00 what church do you go to .

    December 23, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
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