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. Rob S.

    The got some tattoos for free for signing autographs. Actually, this is pretty high integrity for them to suspend them for this minor violation. This is nothing compared to what is going on out there. If they were in the SEC they would be reprimanded by their AD for not getting more benefits for free or not asking for cash to play.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brian_fsu

    They were suspended for getting free tatoos in exchange for giving autograph and game memorabilia. At least that is what ESPN was saying last night.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SuperMan

    Just by reading "... and must repay money and benefits, the school said." Then they probably accepted money and benefits to be persuaded to play for the University which is a No-No.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andy

    This is total BS, they are being suspended for selling various items, jerseys, championship rings, etc. These kids don't make any money, I don't see the harm in selling what is righfully theirs. On top of that, they were not aware that they were violating any rules, otherwise, I am sure they would have thought twice. I could see suspending them for a game or 2, but 5 games seems a bit much. I guarantee if Pryor, Posey, Herron and Adams are all suspended for the first 5 games of next year, they will all declare for the draft and will be gone from OSU anyway. I cannot believe this, the stupid NCAA, bunch of crap

    December 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      (Andy) "On top of that, they were not aware that they were violating any rules, otherwise, I am sure they would have thought twice.'

      How do you know they were not aware of the rules? It didn't say anything about that in the article. You just make that up? Being ignorant of the rules is not a defense anyway. Even knowing, I doubt they would have thought twice. Not all criminals or perpetrators think twice before their actions. What they do is rationalize it or justify their actions. Nice try though!

      December 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Double Standard

    Seriously?? And yet.....we have a heisman trophy winner this year who's family received money. Way to look the other way on that one, NCAA.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hypocrites

    ...so let me get this straight...it isn't cool if players receive improper benefits, but all of the financial benefits the NCAA will receive by allowing these same players to participate in the Sugar Bowl is totally ok? It's so pathetically transparent. And I'm not even an OSU fan.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jackybb94

    THese morons shouldn't be allowed to enter the draft if they haven't graduated. Colleges draft these players, and believe me the University wouldn't let them work as Janitors at their school. THe thought of these thugs, black and white, walking the campus, makes the school officials sick. You need to force these athletes to get away from their old life and better themselves. Pro football should ban players that get suspended or kicked from college.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      LOL, Gee, this is only a few players & they didn't commit a murder. Sounds like this is more of a personal issue. A failed sporting career maybe? You seem to think "all" college athletes must carry a 0.00 GPA!!! Are thugs & idiots. Again, this sounds like a personal issue with you.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Last I heard going to college was bettering yourself. Playing a disciplined sport is bettering yourself. Do all do it the right way? No, you'll have a few that take the wrong path, very few. I don't consider what they did as criminal, poor judgment of the rules of the NCAA, yes, which nearly all agree are senseless rules anyway. I'm pretty certain this lack of judgment on their part is not the gateway to murder, espionage, armed robbery, kidnapping, etc, etc! LOL LOL

      December 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lamar

    Again, here we go. Why should everyone but the players reap monetary benefits and they dont?

    December 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    They should be banned from the bowl games as well. Rediculous that they get to play. Just shows that bowls are all all about the money and that's it.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew

    Teaching values is critical in today's society, and one place it needs to occur is in athletics. If a coach will use a student's interest in sports to develop integrity, hard work, and teamwork at a young age, that student will be more likely to travel the road towards excellence. This path is paved with the challenges of compromise and controversy. How a coach prepares a student to meet these conflicts will determine whether an athlete will settle for mediocrity in life. Make values the foundation for all sports programs, and our student athletes will have a greater resolve to display character: the moral fiber necessary to be a true champion in life.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ed

    If you don't like the rules, change them. In the meantime, they knew the rules and they broke the rules. The suspensions are too short as far as I'm concerned.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lewy

    Of course these people should be paid. How else are these people going to 'Tailor their Tatts' and 'Coiffure their Cornrows'?

    December 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jackybb94

    These players get plenty of benefits.
    Free education which if it wasn't for football , they would be Janitors at bet. Oh thats right they never graduate anyway.
    They also get the opportunity to show off there skills and then get drafted. What else should they get.

    How about this new rule, if you violate any college rules you are banned from Pro Sports. That would clean things up fast

    December 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Todd

    Oh, but its OK for Cam Newtons daddy to pimp out his kid. Wait....I'm sorry....that never happened. NCAA found no fault because imagine the money at stake if Auburn wasn't playing for the 'ship'.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Collin

    So what are the violations? Was an article really needed when the headline basically told us everything the "article" told us.

    Maybe Terrelle Pryor should just go pro now.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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