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Pryor, Herron, 3 other OSU Buckeyes suspended for games in 2011



Published: Thu, December 23, 2010 @ 2:54 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other Buckeyes were suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of next season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards and receving improper benefits. All can still play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.

Along with Pryor, running back Daniel Herron of Warren, wide receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas must sit out and repay between $1,000 to $2,500 to charity.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called the sanctions severe and said the school will appeal the suspensions.

"While we believe sanctions should be rendered, we do believe they are severe," he said today at a news conference. "We do believe we can give mitigating circumstances for the NCAA to consider."

The NCAA said it did not suspended the players for Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl against No. 8 Arkansas because the "student-athletes did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred."


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1piak(508 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

ThOMAS53: You are right. Most of these athletes in the 1A schools are less interested in a degree and career than a gig in the NFL and the big money.

No knock against them for it; they see a chance at making a lot of money in a short time. They know they will earn every cent of it in the NFL (if they make it). The NCAA's "posture" as the guardian of the academic/athletic purity is (in my eyes), hypocritical. If it wasn't for the good football teams the 1A teams can field, their athletic programs would be in dire straits. Tell me that these student players aren't "employees" of the universities!

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2Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

-No National Championship for OSU in 2011

-Pryor should go into NFL draft and skip his senior year.

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3intheswamp(1 comment)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Newton gets of free because he "didn't know" (wink wink) his daddy was shopping him a round for $100K and gets the Heisman. These guys get slammed for "not knowing" the rules concerning selling your own stuff. What is wrong with this picture?I guess Pryor is gonna go pro.

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4dubfun(174 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

This is the most recent of questionable activities by players at OSU since Tressel became coach. It all started with the Clarett debacle. Can't he control his players? He may be a winning coach with championship under his belt (which I guess is enough to forgive his shortcomings in some circles), but when are people going to begin questioning his ability to control all phases of a big time football program? Might as well kiss a possible championship for next year goodbye. This has got to be a wake up call for the powers that be at OSU. Maybe it's time for them to start thinking about moving in a different direction as far as the football program is concerned.

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5dubfun(174 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Pryor will become as big a disappointment in the pros as he as been at OSU. A superior athlete, yes; a leader, no.

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6youngstown9256(8 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Per ESPN.com, these guys were selling their 2008 Big Ten Championship rings, too. I don't feel bad for them at all (and I am a HUGE OSU fan), but if you would sell a Championship ring that you fought all year to win, then you don't deserve to play for Championships! That's why you play, right? If they did win the National Championship, these losers would probably sell that ring, too! R.I.P. Terrelle Pryor's career. You are going NOWHERE. You were highly recruited by every major college team and what have you done? Not much of anything. Can you run really fast? Yes. Can you throw 4 TD's against Indiana? Yes. Can you win the big games? No. Have fun sittin on a porch back in Jeanette, Pa in a few years because you aren't going to even get DRAFTED in the NFL.

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7Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

"Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, not mentioned in either report, quickly responded on Twitter.
“I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks” he posted."

http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/dec/22...

Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 gold pants, a trinket given to players who are a part of a team which beats rival Michigan.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football...

I guess mementos are a thing of the past. What some college players would love to have those. Oh well. I'm sure he'll go pro, since they can't follow the rules in college, I'm sure it'll just follow in the pros.

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8Progress(58 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

"student-athletes did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred."

Then Tressel should be fired!!!! The buck stops with him. OSU is a joke of a program and a joke of a university. And people wonder why so many people around here root for other programs.

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