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. CJ

    it is very simple: the return on investment for the NCAA and universities is huge compared to what the players receive. With concessions it takes approximately 100 season ticket holders to cover the costs of each player at OSU – everything else the program makes goes straight to the bottom line. I understand football is used to fund every other sport, with the possible exception of basketball, but these kids (football players) make a huge amount of money for the university and receive little in return. Yes some may argue that they get an "education" or their "payday" in the league, but that "payday" comes to very few; and even for those that make it to the NFL their time is usually limited – the average tenor for an NFL player is 3.1 yrs, and just turn on CNBC to see the value of most bachelor degrees . Further, since the NFL and NCAA have "cut a deal" requiring these kids to play college ball before they may become eligible for the NFL draft, I'd argue the NFL is at a minimum aiding this abuse - maybe the president of the NFLPA should expand his coverage to the athletes who really need his help? Finally the last time I checked, when I possess an item given by legal means which I can sell for for more than i think it is worth, that is a smart business decision!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • tca

      the payday is a free 75k worth of education. i'm sure you would play football in exchange for a free bachelors degree wouldn't you? also, they get a full dept of tutors and stand-ins in class, etc. if they need so much money how is pryor driving around a corvette? take the money they are paying these guys and give it to poor students and first generation college students. its a shame these worshipped athletics have taken over academia. and i'm an athlete!

      December 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Razor

    Too bad. Does seem kinda harsh. Nevertheless, the Hogs will rip buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl.......SEC speed and toughness will prevail.......Ryan Mallett and Nile Davis will burn the OSU defense......Just can't keep up.......

    December 23, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CharlesD

    It's ok for the colleges to audition off the players jerseys and shoes at the end of the season and make money. But it's not ok for the players to sell there own personal belongings. Anything that has to do with these kids making a little money is a NCAA violation. If you buy a kid a hamburger it's a NCAA violation. But the colleges and venders are making millions off these kids name. Why wasn't these kids suspended for the Sugar Bowl, Because money on the game has already exchange hands and you don't mess with Las Vegas money. Before we look oversea pointing fingers at other countries concerning child labor laws, maybe we should look in our own backyard. These kids are being exploited and the system need some type of federal regulation to keep these kids from being exploited.

    December 24, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve Jackson

    If the things sold was the property of the person that sold them then they have the right NCAA should stay out of it

    December 24, 2010 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    Im alittle shocked by the allegations, i dont agree with what they did. These students are at OSU on scholarships, but scholarships dont cover incidentals. These kids need something to live on. If your broke, you sell off possessions, right?? I think they did what most desparate people would do.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ccclevel

    They are expected to attended classes and expected to dedicate hours each day to their sport. Are they expected to hold down jobs too as most other students have an opportunity to do? I had an academic scholarship, and even then I dont know what my parents would have done if I couldn't make a little extra cash while in school. Just give them a friggin stipend already. At least "helping the family" will no longer be an excuse.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. UMFanaticMonroeMI

    Typical of the gay idiots who dominate the student body at the academically-bankrupt wanna-be school that should be renamed Olentangy Pseudo Univ. What's Pryor's major and GPA? Probably typical of too many parasites of the Ohio taxpayers, something like "sports management", "criminal justice" (a.k.a. felony conviction avoidance), "jockstrap design" or "molesting the livestock at the Ag. School" (a.k.a. animal hisbandry).

    December 26, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Bridget

      7 years straight!

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  9. KpwOSUIne

    "Can't we all just get along?"
    Rodney King 1996

    December 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kurt

    How can he allowed to play in the bowl? Total BS. ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. TRESSEL HAS BECOME A TOTAL DICK. Really nice after Gee's comments. I think he misstated that OSU doesn't deserve to be in an BCS game.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. disseminate

    How can he allowed to play in the bowl? Total BS. ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. TRESSEL HAS BECOME A TOTAL DICK. Really nice after Gee's comments. I think he misstated that OSU doesn't deserve to be in an BCS game.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. futbol

    Pryor is kinda cute...


    January 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. קארטינג

    why suspending them? if they don't play, so they won't have what to sell.
    i just dont understand that..

    January 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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