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Tressel expects punished players back next season



Published: Thu, December 30, 2010 @ 2:23 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ohio State players facing five-game suspensions next season would not have traveled with the team to the Sugar Bowl if they had not pledged to return in 2011, head coach Jim Tressel said on Thursday.

The five players, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, have been punished by the NCAA for selling championship rings and memorabilia and taking discounts from a tattoo parlor.

Tressel said he wanted to make sure that the players wouldn't "skirt the consequences" by playing in the Sugar Bowl, then declaring for the NFL draft and avoiding any punishment.

"We told them they would have to make the decision on the NFL prior to leaving for the bowl game," Tressel said at his first Sugar Bowl news conference. "It wouldn't be fair to not face the consequences down the road."

Tressel says their playing time against the Razorbacks will hinge only on how they practice and fit into the game plan.

The other players are tailback Dan Herron, offensive tackle Mike Adams, receiver DeVier Posey and defensive end Solomon Thomas.

Tressel said he had instructed the players not to speak about the NCAA "issue" during Sugar Bowl week because of their pending appeal of the sanctions.


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1YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

Great move by Tress, if any of them leave they will look like lying buffoons. I know that one of them will leave and they will be banished from the OSU family FOREVER!!!

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2DJ0(72 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

The buffoon in this case is Tressel, a lap dog of the NCAA. It's all about the money, if there was ever any doubt. Justice delayed is justice denied, except at Ohio State. They've just proved there is indeed an "I" in "team". They have just lost a LOT of respect. Tressel has shown his true colors, and it isn't red or white, it's green$$.

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3YSUGRAD(134 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

DJO, think what you want but the bookies in LV had a lot to do with the so called "delayed" justice you speak of. Jim is ensuring that these guys serve their punishment, worst case scenario is these guys leave for the NFL and are all considered lairs, rich lairs, but lairs nonetheless.

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4DJ0(72 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

...again I say there is no "I" in team. It's a team effort, if one player is outstanding, they all are, if one, or in this case, 5, are duds, they all pay. You do a disservice to every other team that has followed the NCAA rules when you make exceptions for bad behavior. OR... maybe its just a lifestyle of cheating that should be overlooked... even worse, condoned. Nope, NCAA is the bad guy here for whatever reason. It's all about the money. Jim can't do squat, these 5 will do as they darn well please.

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