Tattooed: Five Ohio State players suspended for five games for selling rings, jerseys, awards

All can play in Sugar against Arkansas

COLUMBUS, Ohio — 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 receiving improper benefits from a tattoo parlor. All can still play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.

Along with Pryor, running back Daniel Herron, 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.

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.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the school will appeal the suspensions.

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

The NCAA did not suspend the players for Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl against the eighth-ranked Razorbacks because the “student-athletes did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred.”

“These are significant penalties based on findings and information provided by the university,” Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs, said in the release.

Lennon said a game was added on to the usual four-game penalty “because these student-athletes did not immediately disclose the violations when presented with the appropriate rules education.”

Ohio State’s first five games next season are: Akron, Toledo, at Miami, Colorado, and Michigan State.

Pryor is the team’s star, while Herron is the leading rusher and Posey is the second-leading receiver. Adams is a starter at left tackle and Thomas a top sub on the defensive line. All are juniors, skilled enough to at least consider skipping their abbreviated senior seasons and trying to play professionally.

Coach Jim Tressel said at least one of the players had filed paperwork to have his NFL draft status assessed, but didn’t not specify which.

A sixth player, freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting must sit out the first game of the 2011 season and pay $150 to a charity for the value of services that were discounted by the tattoo artist because he was a Buckeyes player.

“We as coaches feel the buck stops here,” Tressel said. “We’re the ones who need to make things even more crystal clear.”

Smith said Ohio State was not “explicit” in instructing players about the sale of apparel, awards and gifts.

Adams must repay $1,000 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring.

Herron must repay $1,150 for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving discount services worth $150.

Posey sold his 2008 Big Ten ring for $1,200 and also received discount services.

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SavTnVol writes:

Of course they won't make them set out the Sugar Bowl..Hell, this is the best chance Ohio State has had in many years to be able to beat the SEC in a bowl game..The NCAA is watching out for their money maker in the Big 10 or whatever they are gonna be called..

josharelli writes:

No bowl game, eh? Sounds like the almighty dollar reigns supreme for the NCAA again. Go Razorbacks, beat them down anyways.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

The NCAA is on a roll isn't it? They look severely at some teams...........ignore others.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Good thing it wasn't a cookout, or a facebook post. Then the NCAA would be doing something about it!

dgcarter43 writes:

Is it time the NCAA sets a policy that the schools can give these athletes an allowance or stipend to prevent these problems? A lot of these kids come from families that can't help them with spending money so the temptation is great to get money any way they can. The NCAA needs to get their act together.

CoverOrange writes:

Is there a timeline for paying up? If all 5 of the juniors declare for the draft in January couldn't they in effect give the NCAA the finger as they walk out the door?

CoverOrange writes:

And how do 5 players make it through 3 years without getting the "adequate rules education?"

Make it a mandatory class with 4 hours of credit toward whatever degree every player must take each year. Enough of this "I didn't know" stuff I get from my 6 year old.

volmania97 writes:

in response to back2z1:

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Learn how to spell before you post anything...what a goob.

texasvol73 writes:

Listen, I am the first person to clap loudly when Ohio State loses - can't stand them. But, this is getting ridiculous! These kids come from poor families - some VERY poor. They have nothing when they get to campus. They are not allowed to go get a job and earn money, and even if they did, their college football team is their "job" year round. The universities make MILLIONS off these players. The coaches make MILLIONS, and these kids get nothing. Where are they supposed to get money to buy clothes, go to a movie, take a girl on a date? Until the NCAA gets a clue, and begins paying student athletes a monthly stipend - $300.00 to $400.00 per month (all equal no matter who you are), then this type of garbage will go on and on and on. I can't stand the way the NCAA makes these kids sound like criminals. I hope OSU wins their appeal and these kids can play.

texasvol73 writes:

in response to dgcarter43:

Is it time the NCAA sets a policy that the schools can give these athletes an allowance or stipend to prevent these problems? A lot of these kids come from families that can't help them with spending money so the temptation is great to get money any way they can. The NCAA needs to get their act together.

Bingo! You are absolutely correct..

SEC1 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

The NCAA is on a roll isn't it? They look severely at some teams...........ignore others.

Lying pearl and the outlaw bar brawling football team is NEXT IN LINE TO FEEL THE "WRATH" of the NCAA

QB_10 (Inactive) writes:

in response to texasvol73:

Listen, I am the first person to clap loudly when Ohio State loses - can't stand them. But, this is getting ridiculous! These kids come from poor families - some VERY poor. They have nothing when they get to campus. They are not allowed to go get a job and earn money, and even if they did, their college football team is their "job" year round. The universities make MILLIONS off these players. The coaches make MILLIONS, and these kids get nothing. Where are they supposed to get money to buy clothes, go to a movie, take a girl on a date? Until the NCAA gets a clue, and begins paying student athletes a monthly stipend - $300.00 to $400.00 per month (all equal no matter who you are), then this type of garbage will go on and on and on. I can't stand the way the NCAA makes these kids sound like criminals. I hope OSU wins their appeal and these kids can play.

I differ on point, I love Ohio State--it doesnt matter, if it is a tattoo or a VIP into the Knox Bar---the only way the NCAA can make it work is give the $300-$400---It doesnt matter if Pryor stays we just recruited a QB that is better than him and can actually make a 10 yard pass...Braxton Miller

UTbassdrummer writes:

in response to back2z1:

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Gosh, I know. I can't imagine how much
your Gatorzz will make by selling their
SEC champ rings from this ye.....uh, last
yea........uh, I mean.....hmmm... or at least
the Jerseys they wore this year when they
beat Florida Sta.....oh. ok, well, there's
always next year, as long as your coaches
don't all run...away....like the building's on
.......fire.

volmania97 writes:

in response to back2z1:

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I guess the pan handle of Florida is better? If you hate Tennessee, why get on this page?

baldingalum writes:

Tats and payola... I'm hoping this latest incident takes the ridiculous antecedent away. "THE Ohio State."

volistic writes:

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Tropies?? Isn't that a disease people get in the tropics? Tebow was supposed to have caught it once, and it ruined his panties. But you're right, we don't have that in Tennessee.

Ironcity writes:

in response to texasvol73:

Listen, I am the first person to clap loudly when Ohio State loses - can't stand them. But, this is getting ridiculous! These kids come from poor families - some VERY poor. They have nothing when they get to campus. They are not allowed to go get a job and earn money, and even if they did, their college football team is their "job" year round. The universities make MILLIONS off these players. The coaches make MILLIONS, and these kids get nothing. Where are they supposed to get money to buy clothes, go to a movie, take a girl on a date? Until the NCAA gets a clue, and begins paying student athletes a monthly stipend - $300.00 to $400.00 per month (all equal no matter who you are), then this type of garbage will go on and on and on. I can't stand the way the NCAA makes these kids sound like criminals. I hope OSU wins their appeal and these kids can play.

These kids don't have to have 15 tatoos. They could have say one or two. That would save them a couple grand.

malcolmvolfan writes:

in response to back2z1:

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Talk about spelling its trophies you idiot.

TommyJack writes:

in response to back2z1:

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You should know...straight from the KNS cubicle.

gavolfan81 writes:

I agree the NCAA needs to do something about the spending money issue. Bob Davie made this very point during half-time of one of this year's games. However, the NCAA needs to be consistent. They nailed UGA's AJ Green for 4 games for selling a bowl game jersey and look what it did to UGA's season. This is going to be next to nothing for OSU since I am sure some will not bolt. If they really wanted to penalize them, have them sit out the bowl game. It smacks straight up at favoring some over others. I am not a Petrino fan but I do hope UA clobbers OSU this year and keeps the SEC string alive.

JCJ1986 writes:

The NCAA is ridiculous! The previous poster was spot-on, these guys aren't allowed to have jobs, shouldn't they have an opportunity to earn an income just like any other student? If you're going to say no, then why shouldn't they be allowed to sell their OWN property that they worked to earn. Shouldn't these guys have money to go on Spring Break, or go see a movie?

IdahoVol writes:

Cam didn't know his dad was pimping him out. OSU players didn't know they couldn't sell their rings, jerseys, etc. Unbelievable. And since OSU is going to appeal, go ahead and reduce their suspension from 5 games to 1 - the Sugar Bowl. What a joke to suspend AFTER their next game.
Oh, and I remember being a student. I didn't have an extra $1000 or 1,500 laying around. Where are these kids going to get the money to pay back? They are supposed to all be from poor families. I guess they can just say they didn't know it was against the rules to use money from boosters for that.

Jesus1Family2Career3Vols4 writes:

Oh, brother! Here we go again. At Auburn Rev. Cecil Newton pimps his son's services. No penalty from the SEC or NCAA. These THE OHIO STATE players are guilty as sin and they get to sit the first 4 games next year. Let me see, they play Arkansas next so that would be out of the question for The Bucks to sit their sorry butts. And if OSU has a typical Big Ten schedule for next year they will probably play Akron, Toledo, Miami (Of Ohio)and perhaps Eastern Michigan in their first four games. That way suspending these knuckle heads will have no impact because we all ready know that if OSU beats The Hogs in the Sugar Bowl all the Talking Einsteins on ESPN and ABC will have them #1 in the pre-season polls. The NCAA allows certain schools to get away with murder. Then other schools are punished for minor infractions. No fairness in the way punishment is meted out!

Go Vols!!!!!

tnsportsman writes:

in response to JCJ1986:

The NCAA is ridiculous! The previous poster was spot-on, these guys aren't allowed to have jobs, shouldn't they have an opportunity to earn an income just like any other student? If you're going to say no, then why shouldn't they be allowed to sell their OWN property that they worked to earn. Shouldn't these guys have money to go on Spring Break, or go see a movie?

The KGB/NCAA needs to be fired by D1 University Presidents, period! And its coming after January with a grass roots campaign by donors, alum and ticket holders from many schools coming together!

The KGB/NCAA should be for lower level divisions only or gone completely. D1 Sports are bigger than the NCAA now! The NCAA is completely 'out of touch' and they could CARE LESS about the Athletes, Fans or Universities! Sweeping rules changes needs to happen in a New Association designed for Athletes and the D1 Sports! These young Athletes need compensation for expenses and allowed to have a jobs anywhere they want! All the recruiting rules need to be changed to reflect 24/7 contact and social networking in 2010!

FIRE THE NCAA Presidents or face loss donations!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

Ironcity writes:

in response to FLVOL79:

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I think all the fans even the trolls can agree with that.

LiveFaith writes:

in response to dgcarter43:

Is it time the NCAA sets a policy that the schools can give these athletes an allowance or stipend to prevent these problems? A lot of these kids come from families that can't help them with spending money so the temptation is great to get money any way they can. The NCAA needs to get their act together.

Ingenious! Give them a little money and then they will not have a desire for any more and this will all become a mute point. Sounds like a fix for human nature to me. NOT!

LiveFaith writes:

in response to allVolinGA:

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Yeah. It is hilarious that the NCAA is a governing body who actually attempted to explain this nonsense as legitimate. The logic involved totally escapes me.

Let's see ... if your taught the rules properly then your punishment begins after judgment is handed down. If your not taught properly, then we'll skip punishing you for a pending game and do it 9 months after judgment is handed down.

The connection is just obvious to me. :-0

huntined#565710 writes:

Come on man at least Ohio State didn't have a bar-b-Que.. ALL THEY DID WAS SELL SOME STUFF!! Now if they lied about the tattoo (which would be hard to do) then they would be in big trouble.. NCAA has different rules for different things and having a Bar-B-Que is right up there at the top of violations!!!

westennvol writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

The NCAA is on a roll isn't it? They look severely at some teams...........ignore others.

It's their calling card... Go Hogs! PIG SOOOEEE!!

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

The NCAA is FOS! Go Hogs beat the Buckeyes!

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

Vol fans, I BEG you not to respond to zz and all the other trolls directly, we have to see their posts over and over. Please do it in a separate post and say whatever you like!

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and a Merry Christmas to all!

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Let's see when I was in college what did I get paid? and what would I have appreciated.

1. Free meals
2. Instant popularity on campus, with women of course
3. Free books, those dang books are pretty expensive.
4. Free classes (I think that student loan is still due).
5. Did I mention fame recognition on t.v. and oh yeah women.
6. Travel per diem, and food per diem. Oh that's right, you did not know that most athletes get a check for expenses, generally a lot more than what they use.
7. Free clothes and athletic gear.
8. Free state of the art gym membership with all the perks and doctors to help me.

I'm not sure, most the guys have it pretty good, don't get me wrong the Universities are raking in the dough, but to say a player at a major university is hurting is a bit of a stretch also. I also think there are plenty of poor students working their way through college with sick or poor families, so that's not a viable excuse to say they deserve some sort of monetary recognition.

GerryOP writes:

Really, if the NCAA was going to take the role of big bad meany and never hold back from swinging their terrible swift sword, I wouldn't really care too much. But with the Newton comedy and now this fiasco (they're guilty but not until the '11 season) it's pretty clear what their real interest is ... money, publicity, and just proving they are the biggest bully on the block and can do whatever they want.

Somebody needs to explain. If they're delaying the penalty is due to improper educating by the university, what is the penalty to the university? And why delay the penalty until the beginning of the '11 program?

james#216392 writes:

in response to texasvol73:

Listen, I am the first person to clap loudly when Ohio State loses - can't stand them. But, this is getting ridiculous! These kids come from poor families - some VERY poor. They have nothing when they get to campus. They are not allowed to go get a job and earn money, and even if they did, their college football team is their "job" year round. The universities make MILLIONS off these players. The coaches make MILLIONS, and these kids get nothing. Where are they supposed to get money to buy clothes, go to a movie, take a girl on a date? Until the NCAA gets a clue, and begins paying student athletes a monthly stipend - $300.00 to $400.00 per month (all equal no matter who you are), then this type of garbage will go on and on and on. I can't stand the way the NCAA makes these kids sound like criminals. I hope OSU wins their appeal and these kids can play.

These players get more money under the table than you or I make in a year. A friend of mine played at a very major school and Alum's line up every game to shake players hands- with $100('s) bills. Watch after games to see what these guys are driving. Why do they not have to sit out the bowl game? It happened this year, not next year. If they go pro, this get no penalty.

abnermc writes:

Fla. has 26 arrests & counting but no penalty for that.

bnakk#240693 writes:

I guess the NCAA figured this was their best chance of ever beating an SEC team in a bowl game and acted accordingly because they are THE OHIO STATE SUCKEYES!

Hobby writes:

Had this been players from one of the lesser bowls and not one of the money making BCS bowls the NCAA would have suspended them now not next year when they are not even playing college ball. It is all about the almighty dollar.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to back2z1:

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You are one big liar.You hate anything Tennessee,your wife ,your kids and most of all you hate yourself.If that were not true,you would not post your stupid posts.You are very insecure and need medical help real bad.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to malcolmvolfan:

Talk about spelling its trophies you idiot.

Talk about spelling.It's instead of its.
Sorry, but I just couldn't help myself.

tnsportsman writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

Let's see when I was in college what did I get paid? and what would I have appreciated.

1. Free meals
2. Instant popularity on campus, with women of course
3. Free books, those dang books are pretty expensive.
4. Free classes (I think that student loan is still due).
5. Did I mention fame recognition on t.v. and oh yeah women.
6. Travel per diem, and food per diem. Oh that's right, you did not know that most athletes get a check for expenses, generally a lot more than what they use.
7. Free clothes and athletic gear.
8. Free state of the art gym membership with all the perks and doctors to help me.

I'm not sure, most the guys have it pretty good, don't get me wrong the Universities are raking in the dough, but to say a player at a major university is hurting is a bit of a stretch also. I also think there are plenty of poor students working their way through college with sick or poor families, so that's not a viable excuse to say they deserve some sort of monetary recognition.

Dude you have to be rich to even think like what you posted. At least those regular poor students can work anywhere at anytime and sale their personal property for any amount they want too!

D1 Athletes civil rights are being violated by the NCAA and their JOKE rules!

TIME FOR A CHANGE and real soon!

mercuryvol writes:

Personally, I'm glad they aren't suspended for the bowl.That way when UA whoops 'em they won't have an excuse.

UT-fan-in-New-Mexico writes:

in response to back2z1:

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Maybe the Gators can sell the jerseys from their undefeated season? OH phooey!

allenf1#223463 writes:

Too bad the NCAA doesn't have the gonads to be upfront and say "We aren't suspending them for the Sugar Bowl because we know the ratings would go down the toilet and people would possibly not attend the game, thus cutting our revenues." What an amazing world this would be if people actually told the truth (catch my drift Bruce?). Man, I'm getting cynical in my old age. Go Big Orange!

osunut2#223683 writes:

in response to Jesus1Family2Career3Vols4:

Oh, brother! Here we go again. At Auburn Rev. Cecil Newton pimps his son's services. No penalty from the SEC or NCAA. These THE OHIO STATE players are guilty as sin and they get to sit the first 4 games next year. Let me see, they play Arkansas next so that would be out of the question for The Bucks to sit their sorry butts. And if OSU has a typical Big Ten schedule for next year they will probably play Akron, Toledo, Miami (Of Ohio)and perhaps Eastern Michigan in their first four games. That way suspending these knuckle heads will have no impact because we all ready know that if OSU beats The Hogs in the Sugar Bowl all the Talking Einsteins on ESPN and ABC will have them #1 in the pre-season polls. The NCAA allows certain schools to get away with murder. Then other schools are punished for minor infractions. No fairness in the way punishment is meted out!

Go Vols!!!!!

I'm an OSU alum from Knoxville, and I don't agree with the NCAA's decision to allow these players to play in the Sugar Bowl. They broke a clear-cut rule, so why keep them eligible for the bowl game? However, I don't agree with Mark May's tirade at all. How can anyone say that certain conferences - the Big Ten/Pac-10 specifically - get preferential treatment concerning these types of legal matters? Just ask those familiar with the Cam Newton case. The NCAA doesn't favor certain conferences; instead, there isn't any consistency in how they apply judgment and punishment.

They were suspended for the first 5 games (not 4) next season, which includes a road game at Miami, Florida (not Ohio) and a conference opener against Big Ten Co-champ Michigan State. Don't act like they are playing 5 cupcakes to open the 2011 season. I guess I'm still trying to figure out how this is going to have "no impact" on Ohio State. Losing that caliber of offensive talent for nearly half of the season next year is huge, especially for a team that was going to contend for a national title next season. I think Ohio State got the hammer dropped on them (with the exception of the bowl game), and I don't know how anyone can argue that.

At this point, don't be surprised if Pryor, Herron, Posey, and Adams give the NCAA the finger and decide to go pro. All four of them had submitted paperwork to the NFL already, so it was already a possibility.

volstokke writes:

Mark May said it best on ESPN about the NCAA. Any SEC team makes this mistake or any other conference the players miss the bowl game. This is a way for the NCAA to hype up the newly re-allinged Big 10 or 12. Ohio St. is 0-9 in bowls against the SEC and this is probably their best chance to win. Not b/c Arkansas is not better but b/c of their style of play doesnt match up well. I hope Ark. lights it up. Look @ it this way we get to see Mallett against OSU like we first thought to see each year.

GreerVol22 writes:

For all you liberal, civil rights pushin', "pay these poor practly homeless athletes"......please move to california, raise your rainbow flags, and learn to speak Chinese. You people make me sick thinking these pampered, self centered guys need an income. So many athletes do it the right way and never expose themselves to these temptations because they know its wrong and against the rules.

They should thank God every day for the physical gifts they have been given, thank the boosters for paying for their education, and use this opportunity to make the place they came from better. All the gold chains and tatoos in the world will not make their past go away.

ddayvolsfan#238252 writes:

Where is Slive when we need him? All five of these players are elligible to enter the NFL draft. All five got lots of money from outside sources. All five get to play in another BCS bowl game. All five and the school gets a slap on the wrist. The SEC HQ is in Birmingham so Tennessee gets slammed and the NCAA HQ is in Indiana (Big 10 and ND) country so Ohio State gets a slap on the wrist....something smells here!

Mommasboy writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

For all you liberal, civil rights pushin', "pay these poor practly homeless athletes"......please move to california, raise your rainbow flags, and learn to speak Chinese. You people make me sick thinking these pampered, self centered guys need an income. So many athletes do it the right way and never expose themselves to these temptations because they know its wrong and against the rules.

They should thank God every day for the physical gifts they have been given, thank the boosters for paying for their education, and use this opportunity to make the place they came from better. All the gold chains and tatoos in the world will not make their past go away.

COLLEGE ATHLETES DO GET PAID LEGALLY, it's called the Pell Grant. It is given on a needs basis and is offered up to $2000 a semester. My sister played D-1 basketball in the ACC and she received $900 a semester from the school for whatever the want on top of free room and food. She didn't need the money, so she went shopping with it. Most of her friends who played on the football team were getting $2000 tax free a semester from the Pell Grant. They were from rougher backgrounds and didn't have mommy and daddy sending them monthly checks.

Mommasboy writes:

in response to dgcarter43:

Is it time the NCAA sets a policy that the schools can give these athletes an allowance or stipend to prevent these problems? A lot of these kids come from families that can't help them with spending money so the temptation is great to get money any way they can. The NCAA needs to get their act together.

COLLEGE ATHLETES DO GET PAID LEGALLY, it's called the Pell Grant. It is given on a needs basis and is offered up to $2000 a semester. My sister played D-1 basketball in the ACC and she received $900 a semester from the school for whatever she wanted on top of free room and food. She didn't need the money, so she went shopping with it. Most of her friends who played on the football team were getting $2000 tax free a semester from the Pell Grant. They were from rougher backgrounds and didn't have mommy and daddy sending them monthly checks

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