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. mrsfonebone

    They sold their Big 10 rings, their autographs, their "gold" pants–to get tattoos. Class act.

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

    They are Lucky they didn't get suspended for their bowl game.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry


    There was no cheating. The only reason this is an issue is because the NCAA didn't get their fair share. It is the most corrupt sports organization in the world. I am not a fan of OSU but this is ridiculous.

    You're saying they are going this for the simple fact that they didn't get their fair share? LOL Fair share of what?? LOL
    I'm pretty certain the NCAA didn't manufacture evidence. Especially, so they could get their fair share.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andy

    The rule seems really stupid, but rules are rules. The problem I have is that they violated these "rules" unknowingly. It seems like the NCAA changes the rules as they want to. They suspend them for 5 games next season, but it is okay for them to play in the bowl game... that makes no sense at all. The reason given, was that the rules were not explained to the players at the time. But that does not make sense of why they would be allowed to play in the bowl game. Just proves that they want to make sure they make their money from the bowl game.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Unknowingly? I doubt it.

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

    As a wolverine fan,I smell favoritism??
    They violated so action should be taken immediately,not next year!
    If the NCAA want this to stop,then they had better come up with some type of pay system for these kids,instead of the big wigs and coaches receiving all the proceeds of the game.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      A pay system won't work. You'll still have the elite athletes "getting" those extra illegal benefits. Instead of the typical athlete getting say, $1,000 per month, the elite will be offered the $1,000 + the car or whatever above & beyond the average athlete. Having said that, I think their education, room n board, food, chance to see most of the world is pretty good pay, prolly around $50,000 a year. And, if they don't get drafted and apply for a job, and are able to use a major college sport on their resume vs an applicant that has only education, who do you think is going to get that job, esp from a football player from a school like Ohio St.? A tremendous advantage in the work environment. Ya say, well they make millions for the school. Well, they're gonna make millions for the company they work for to after graduation, does that mean salary should be skewed in any way?

      December 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joshua

    Who cares? Ohio State sucks anyway!

    December 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gentwelve

    this sets a bad example

    December 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philly, PA

    These players are idiots! Say what you will about the NCAA's rules, every player knows that EVERY aspect of their conduct –especially as concerns monetary benefits gained through team association– is extensively regulated. When they decided to sell goods associated with OSU football, they put their player status in jeopardy. And only guys who are ignorant, or play fast and loose, would not know that and act accordingly. So which is it? NFL buyers, beware!

    December 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angelo

      I played college ball for 4 years was a GA for 1 and coached for 2. While coaching I was the also our NCAA compliance officer. No where does it state that a student athlete can not sell any personal belongings. It dose state that you can not sell University issued apperal or equipment. Because Legally the apperal and equipment belong to the University and they can take it back at any point. Untill it is established that the apperal will be replace with new apperal and is replaced. Once given new apperal the old apperal becomes personal poession of the player. So if this apperal was the newest that they had then yes they are in violation! How ever if not they are not, also a bowl ring is a personal posseion as soon as recieved. They will appeal and win most likely.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tommy

    Calling anyone from Ohio State a "student athlete" is an oxymoron. They are by far the most corrupt D1 program in the NCAA. Dig a little deeper and they would get the longest suspension in history.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Ummm ok, Barnaby Jones, show me the evidence. Cite some sources.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Woodtip

    Still eligible for the bowl game????

    OMG! What a farce that is!

    I dont' understand the gibberish reasoning for that decision. They were guilty of NCAA violations, yet because they received "inadequate" eduction...they are suspended for future games – just not the future game called the Sugar Bowl???

    LMAO! Time for the Bucknuts to step down from the ivory tower of righteousness!

    December 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Davis

    C'mon CNN. What are they suspended for. What happen to journalism? Did u guys out source it too?

    December 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gordon Hall

    C'mon Man! What were they thinking?

    December 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scott

    HAHA, Dumb iBuckeye players.... They should not get to play in the bowl game either, but that wouldnt be good for NCAA income. Its amazing how schools and players are punished only when it is at a suitable time.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TBOZ

    The NCAA is a bunch of morons. Infraction and penalties should be imposed immediately once discovered, but as others have said because there is a big bowl game in the midst, it's ok to let them play now. Cam Newton is dirty and I'm sure that the investigation will reopen after the bowl game is over when more evidence becomes uncovered or if Auburn wins. The NCAA lacks any integrity by allowing these clowns that break the rules to play no matter what game it is. The OSU 6 will miss games against Akron, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Miami, FL and Michigan State.....big fricking whoop. Just goes to show that money rules the sport as long as the players aren't getting any of it.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Semper Fi

    As a USC alumni I find the NCAA to be a group of hypocrites. Where is the forfeiture of the season and forfeiture of all bowl games. At the very least play the bowl game without the players who committed the offenses. Follow the NCAA's money motive.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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