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. twirtzy

    Wow, I would have thought things like big ten championship rings would have more sentimental value than that. Can't really say the NCAA is all about the money and not recognize what there players did was "all about the money". To me, it shows a real disconnect with what college athletics are supposed to be about. These awards obviously meant nothing to these players, which is strong evidence that they don't value their college experience much, if at all. It appears they just couldn't wait until the next level to "get paid".

    December 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Clancey

    Not sure how they finally got us, but this is the beginning of a lot of stuff they will find on us. I am pretty sure we've been cheating for awhile.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. duke

    Those of you who think these kids get enough,back in return from the universities,really don't know sports!
    If these kids got some sort of pay for the risk they take(football is a rough sport)then maybe we would in return get better quality at the professional level(ie,more kids would stay 4years and hone in their craft,instead of allowing the
    Jamarcus russell's,mark sanchez's or next years bust,Cam Newton.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dennis2547

    Well let's see what we have here. These men have sold items they won for a finishing out the year as Big 10 Champions. The University made huge money via the television revenue stream. The NCAA makes money hand over fist. The student get a full boat ride, or at least some of them do, not all.
    What didn't happen to the kid Cam Newton who's father shopped him around ? Nothing. The NCAA doesn't need another Reggie Bush black eye.
    It is still entertaining to watch the NCAA and all of it's varsity sports that are BET ON by millions and millions of folks. Does that matter to the NCAA ? Does that issue matter to the Vegas Casino's and off-shore betting house whom make MILLIONS of dollars per game ?
    I believe we have heard this argument before about giving these young men an allowance of sorts to tidy them over for living expenses while they play Varsity Sports for their respective Universities.
    A retired US Army veteran from Northern CA

    December 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Blair

    I heard that's how we got Prior and a couple of his buddies to come to OSU. We paid them out or they would have went to SEC schools.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Yeah, sure thing show one bit of evidence for this absurd comment. Not a single SEC school was on his list of schools he was interested in. In fact it was 3 Big10 schools and PAC10 school.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tolzy

    i am so sick and tired of all the stupid rules and regulations of the ncaa. i had to put up with them when i played college sports and they are ridiculous.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    People of the United States;
    This is why our Country is going to hell,people can not follow the Rules.The NCAA said you can not do XYZ so these players said screw you,I will do XYZ plus AA.To make the point,they should be each fined 150K and expelled from college.Let them go PRO and see how they do.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Smith

    If the powers that be wanted to really make a statement, they should be suspended for the bowl game too. This punishment doesnt even equate to a slap on the wrist. the first five games OSU plays teams like Youngstown State. Maybe they can get Grand Valley State on the early part of the schedule next season too.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lance S.

    I heard Tressel was dirty in his other Ohio program where he'd coached but just when they were going to investigate he left – sounds familar doesn't it?

    December 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Buckeyesfan44

    I guess they should've had their fathers negotiate the tattoo prices for them so that we'd be clear of this in the end by the NCAA. what a joke!! Auburn gets away with a $200,000 scandal and we get suspensions for 2K?? The NCAA is a joke!!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    If you're going to do something illegal/against the rules....don't get caught.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wly Brown

    The real pimp daddy is the NCAA and they don't like it when their beyoches go off the plantation and makes pocket money made legally.. What was good for Cam Newton was not go for OSU

    December 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • muhrvis

      It is definitely hypocritical for Cam Newton to get off the hook but the OSU players to get punished... But the NCAA decides what will happen. If schools don't like it, well they can start a movement to reform the NCAA or withdraw from it. No one put a gun to a school president's head or a player's head and required them to join the NCAA, they did it because it benefits them in the end. It's like joining the Army - *you* volunteer, *you* follow the rules.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JV

      Wow it took 5 seconds for someone to make it a race issue. All else fails dumb yourself down and bring out the race card. Uneducated DB...

      December 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Good call. God forbid these guys sell their OWN stuff to get cash. These "Universities" treat these athletes like slaves. If I were Pryor, I would just quit and enter the draft.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      JV – Didn't take long for you to play the ignorant redneck card, did it?

      December 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • NCAA Hater

      Amen. NCAA is equivalent to modern day slavery. The athelete gets 20,000 to 40,000 education. The school gets jersey sales, booster funds, TV millions, better recruitment, etc. In the case of a guy like Pryor, they are making millions off of him, while ownly returning a fraction of what he generated. A fraction. He can't work, accept gifts, or anything and must remain broke as a joke while the school reaps all the rewards. Who cares about a degree from a state school? Slavery. Pure and simple.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki4Au

      Why are you people still so concerned about Cam Newton. Geez.....Cam didnt take anything from Auburn because nothing was offered so leave alone already. Or should i say nothing could be proven so get over it.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • muldoon in ohio

      I agree with your comments Brown. There is something seriously wrong with the NCAA rules these kids have to live by, which are almost impossible to keep, unless they lock themselves in a dorm room. In addition to the athletic scholarship each may receive, I suggest the host schools be permitted to pay each player a monthly stipend plus a contribution into a trust fund not to exceed 500K each year they play sports. These funds may come from the school, boosters, or other school-sponsored organizations. In addition, each student should be permitted to earn up to $50,000 each year in endorsements or other authorized endeavors, as long as it abides by the school's ethics, just as the coach may do. The 500K is intended to provide the student athlete with a living after helping the school to earn millions from their sports programs, especially if they do not (or cannot) play professionally after their college career.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Cam Newton didn't make any money. Big difference.

      I agree NCAA is a joke and more or less slave drivers, but this is not a good comparison. Like Reggie Bush and these players, money or gifts were actually received.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      He won't be an NFL quarterback. The NCAA is a joke, little fiefdoms where they make billions off these athletes and don't allow them to even sell their own property. It's part of the reason I don't watch college football, BCS BS is another...the game is rigged.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Raven


      They get an EDUCATION. If they fail to earn something with that education that is not the university's fault.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC$$

      Money is all the NC$$ cares about! PERIOD! If the NC$$ can make Milllions and millions off these students then maybe at the end of their 4/5 year career there should be a trust fund set up that gives these students a cut of the monies the NC$$ brings in! As of now they get nothing and if a student gets hurt they loose everything plus their health! And get nothing in return!

      If the NC$$ didn't care about money then we would have a Playoff system for FBS!

      December 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disco

      This is absolutely dumb. Why can't a student athlete sell memorabilia but thousands of others can. Why does a student athlete wait until they are not students anymore to sell. If they didn't sell it, then there was no law broken. Also, I thought we lived in a free market based economy where supply and demand was the way goods and services were valued at. NCAA doesn't have a problem with young student football players literally risking their lives playing football and making billions of dollars but when a student wants to sell what is rightfully his legally and maybe get a few discounted services, they get pinched. Sounds like mafia to me.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poor

      These athletes have a scholarship program, which has an estimated annual value of $65,000. That is fair compensation for someone with a high school diploma. An athlete competes at the college level in hopes of making it to the professional league, exceptional athletes may make it to the pro's right out of high school. An university provides a platform for student athletes to showcase their talents. At the end college athletes get a fair deal when they get drafted into the professional league. If the athlete does not make it to the pro league He/She still can fall back on the college degree that costs at least $150,000 to attain from a division 1 school.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      The players can sell their stuff... as soon as they stop playing NCAA sports.

      If they were allowed to do so while in college, players would be going to the school that can pay them the most (in terms of monetary rewards) and we'd have half the best players in the country sitting the bench because only a handful of schools could afford to pay them.

      For anyone thinking that NCAA sports MAKE money for anything but a handful of universities, you need a reality check (and to review the reports on this) ... most sports cost the universities a ton, woman's basketball and baseball break even or make a minor profit at a few, men's football makes a profit at a larger number but still the minority of Division 1-A (or I guess that is BCS league or whatever they call it these days), and men's basketball makes a profit at a larger number but again the minority of programs. Very few of the schools break even on all sports programs let alone make any profit and some of those only do so in years when both their men's basketball and football programs make it into post season play. Sports are NOT a profit vehicle for most universities and if the athletes become professional, paid more than the billions of dollars in terms of scholarships and expenses that universities already pay out, then having sports will either become a major financial liability to most schools, diverting money away from academics, or there will be an incredibly unfair advantage in terms of recruiting to the schools that can afford to pay (and are willing to take money away from academics to do so).

      December 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • karlj324

      Before posting idiotic comments please read the NCAA rules. PLEASE

      December 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • karlj324

      Their house their rules, if you don't like them don't play college sports.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • M4GVN

      @NCAA Hater:

      Perhaps you should go back and read the definition of slavery. When an athlete accepts to play for a school, on scholarship, he or she often gets room, board, and an education all for free...how does that equate to Slavery exactly? I am pretty sure any "slave" would be furious at your inaccurate comparison.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DZ

      If they were serious about punishment, they would suspend them for the Bowl Game.....just gutless and greedy!

      December 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • harvardstreethoodlum

      our country is going bananas. these players wouldnt sell these items if the ncaa and the colleges would simply pay them. the bottom line brainiacs, none of your education would cost as what it costs now if it were not for football and basketball players, period. when was the last time a pre-med major any university a flippin dime? where as when cam, terrell and these boys suit up, millions watch, and thousdands pay. so i say hurrah terrell, im glad that you see they are robbing you (peter) to pay paul. here is the bird to the ncaa and all major universities that profit off of the talent of the swift, strong, quick and agile athlete.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kendo23

      @NCAA HATER.....Slavery??? Really?! Cry me a river puhlease!!

      December 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      So they got suspended for selling their own personal property? I don't see the problem. This wasn't about infuencing a player to choose a school to play for or to influence the outcome of a game. This was merely about maiking a money for themselves. Where is the wrong in that?

      The NCAA is full of it. College athletics is a big business. I don't see why they don't pay these guys in the first place. It's not like they are free to apply for a part-time job like other students (even a student on an academic scholarship can get a job in his free time). Why not pay them a small amount for playing? The schools make a killing off of these students (merchandising, TV, concessions, etc...). Why not pay student athletes a small stipend (say $500/month). It's not like it would put a dent in the billions student athletes generate for their schools.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. muhrvis

    It's not relevant whether college athletes "deserve" to have money right now... The rules are the rules and the players know them going in. Therefore, if they broke the rules, punishment is in order. Period. If the existing NCAA rules are unjust, then they need to be changed and they will be changed if enough significant people object. The end.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • smacky

      If everyone follwed rules unjust or not, you would still be paying a heavy tax on your tea. Hopefully these players take the NCAA to court.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disco

      You say rules are rules but that's the issue that is in question. Do you agree with and follow every rule. I this case the rules are understandable but not justifiable, especially with the punishment they received. They maybe have benefited $2000 which they were made to forfeit but now must sit out multiple games which will in the end hurt their draft status and most likely cost them Millions, YES, Millions of dollars to the athlete. So you tell me, are these rules to protect the athlete? From what? Oh I know, rules are rules, follow them because they will guide you to living life as a responsible person in our society... that's BS... What the NCAA are saying is, you have the privilege (or servitude) to be owned by the NCAA and you will not ever cross us. That's what this is saying. Total bull crap.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poor

      Small Claims Court ?

      December 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      What a very naive statement. The rules say speeding is illegal but how many people exceed the speed limit? Next time you are on your way to work follow the posted speed limit and count how many people pass you. Are all of those people wreckless evildoers intent on killing anyone who crosses their path? Of course not. The rule says one thing but the people say another thing altogether. But it won't change because our government has a financial interest in seeing that it remains the same.

      December 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Smithy

    Go OSU. I like it when we cheat. Cheating is where its at.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      spoken like your standard, uneducated ohio state buckeye

      December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Haha. Nice. Regardless they aren't professionals yet. Professionals make the bucks, when you're in college.... your still a student, not a pro-baller. If you're lucky enough to get into the NFL then you deserve the cash. Outside of that, its inappropriate.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaliBuckeye

      Well the NCAA will continue to make huge $$$$ of Jersey sales, games, adds, and everything else they promote but if a 22 year old college students needs to buy their books for the quarter or need to get rent paid on time or just needs to fill the frig for a week (oh and there must be some assumption that these kids have jobs already or parents have money growing on the money tree out back) that they can't make a few bucks selling some personal items. What a crock of crap! NCAA get real!

      December 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Asauti Samuel

    So these players never really owned those gifts... like the golden pants and the championship rings they were "given" then?

    To all the Universities and Colleges... Keep on keepin' on with putting all those college players in chains!

    I'm calling it as I see it... from the perspective of not caring... I don't buy college gear, I don't watch the sport. I don't BUY-IN... anymore.

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