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. ren s.

    Cheaters. That program sucks for cheating.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sweatervest

    Cam Newton asside, nice that the bowl game is still intact. If OSU was serious about it, they'd suspend the palyers for the $$$ bowl game too. I would like to believe that there are still some coaches who would sacrifice $$/wins to show a superior moral standing. i very much doubt that.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • alittlepiggy

      The suspensions were from the NCAA and not OSU. ESPN has a better article. The bowl game was not effected because of the year they occurred in.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sarah

    ...and what about playing in the postseason BCS game??? Talk about hypocrisy...if what they did got them suspensions for next season, I guess the 'glory' of a BCS game doesn't count!!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Corruption Hawk

    Just more NCAA Hypocrisy.

    They pay a price, but Cam Newton plays?

    NCAA = Pathetic.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DAVE

    For all those stunted minds that are commenting on the article lacking information.....this article clearly states that they were ordered to repay for improper benifits that they received as amateur college athletes. One with only a half a brain and a little common sense can come to the VERY obvious conclusion that their suspension was for violating NCAA ethics rules. So for all dumb a55es that keep slamming the writer I'm sure he was unaware of the fact that he had to dumb down his article just to spell out the obvious for you dipsh1ts. I'm glad you all enjoy sports so much cuz your too stupid to follow anything else. FUKKING IDIOTS!!!!!

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

      You Tell'em Dave. They just don't get it. College is where you LEARN something. Well at least it used to be.

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

      Did you mean "you're too stupid..."? Here is a word of advice. If you're going to call someone stupid, don't have a grammatical error in your post. That one is free. Next one will cost you.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go Bucks

      haha!!!

      December 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Darryl

    Not very smart boys, Cam Newton would have his father sell them, and then claim they he know nothing.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki4Au

      And Cam would also go on to win the Heisman and countless other awards and lead his team to the National Championship...sucks to be him!!

      December 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mfn57

    These players need to be educated. You sell your trophies and rings AFTER the university has made its millions off your talent and cast you into the street. Just because your coach is enjoying a multi million dollar contract doesn't mean you deserve a couple of thousand dollars. Just because your university is selling your number and name with no benefit to you should make you get greedy and sell your signature.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dave

    This shows how much the guy cares about winning championships and how much he likes making money. He is a freak athlete and could play any position in the NFL but he won't be my franchise QB.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. al

    What a joke! Look at the 1st 5 games next season:

    Opponent Location Time (ET) Results Media
    Sat, Sep 03 Akron Columbus, Ohio TBA

    Sat, Sep 10 Toledo Columbus, Ohio TBA

    Sat, Sep 17 Miami (Fla.) at Miami, Fla. TBA

    Sat, Sep 24 Colorado Columbus, Ohio TBA

    Sat, Oct 01 Michigan State * Columbus, Ohio TBA

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

      miami will be a tricky one and maybe michigan state MAYBE....

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

    This is why Auburn deserves the #1 ranking and a shot at national championship.
    They cover up 'activities' much better than OSU.
    Go Auburn !!!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki4Au

      I couldnt agree more!! War Eagle

      December 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Bourne Blogger

    They shouldn't be suspended at all.... They sold stuff that was given to them because of their achievements... It belonged to them... If they won a car on the Price is Right they wouldn't catch any flack for selling the car....

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

      Except for the fact that the NCAA rules, which they agree to by accepting a position on the team, state that they cannot make any personal gain based on their celebrity. You wouldnt buy gold football pants from a non-football player, and a non-player wouldnt have the championship rings to sell. They knew the rules when they broke them. Suspend them now.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris swartzentruber

    I think I'm gonna cry.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RM

    They should be suspended for the upcomig bowl game, that would be a better punishment.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cusedevil

    The NCAA is a morally bankrupt ponzi scheme who enslaves it's athletics, promising them fame and making $billions from their labor. Most of its victims are from lower income families, and only a very school proportion of the athletes actually earn viable degrees from these school/labor camps. People need to see this organization for what it truly is..slave masters!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RC Roeder

    Who cares. So the pants, the ring and award i gather were on loan and not given to that person. I guess he would have had to pay the fines if he threw the stuff away too?

    December 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
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