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Ohio State football players sanctioned. (sports.espn.go.com)


    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Five Ohio State football players, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, must sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for accepting improper benefits, the NCAA ruled Thursday.

    A sixth football player must sit out the first game in 2011 for receiving discounted services in violation of NCAA rules.

    All of the players be eligible for the Jan. 4 Allstate Sugar Bowl, however.

    Five players were found to have sold awards, gifts and university apparel, plus receive improper benefits in 2009. In addition to missing five games next season, Pryor, Mike Adams, Daniel Herron, Devier Posey and Solomon Thomas must repay money and benefits ranging in value from $1,000 to $2,500. The repayments must be made to a charity.

    Jordan Whiting must sit out the first game next year and pay $150 to a charity for the value of services that were discounted because of his status as a student-athlete.

    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 announced the suspensions Thursday, shortly before Smith and head coach Jim Tressel were to meet with reporters to discuss the university's investigation of players trading autographs for tattoos.

    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.

    Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university for players on a team which beat arch-rival Michigan.

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

    Posey must repay $1,250 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200 and receiving discounted services worth $50.

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

    Thomas must repay $1,505 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155.





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Pretty silly of the NCAA to not suspend them for the bowl game. I think the reasonsing they gave was something about the rules not having been properly or fully explained to them when this occurred.

Uh, so? Why does that mean they can play a bowl game but sit five games next year?

Oh, right, cause it's a BCS game and is higher profile.

Been really happy to see the NCAA cracking down on this stuff lately but this and the Cam ruling both stunk.
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Does Ohio State have any tough nonconference games on the slate next season or just the usual Ohio, Youngstown State, etc?

Edit: After looking it up they have Toledo, Akron, Miami FL, Colorado, and Michigan State the first five. Who knows what to expect from Miami in the first year with a new coach, but the only one that looks really tough to me is Michigan State.

(edited by MUTigermask on 23.12.10 1141)
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    Originally posted by MUTigermask
    Does Ohio State have any tough nonconference games on the slate next season or just the usual Ohio, Youngstown State, etc?


Says here the first 5 of 2011 are: Akron, Toledo, @ The U, Colorado, Michigan State.

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    Originally posted by MUTigermask
    Does Ohio State have any tough nonconference games on the slate next season or just the usual Ohio, Youngstown State, etc?

    Edit: After looking it up they have Toledo, Akron, Miami FL, Colorado, and Michigan State the first five. Who knows what to expect from Miami in the first year with a new coach, but the only one that looks really tough to me is Michigan State.

    (edited by MUTigermask on 23.12.10 1141)


I'd agree with that. Miami has some talent from Randy's first class, but since then....eh. Last year's class was horrid by Miami standards and this year, a month from signing day, they have four commits. Four. So talented upperclassmen, but no depth at all right now. Gonna be more of a rebuilding project than people realize.

That said, even with the suspensions and players graduating, Ohio State can still win those five games. But I never thought Pryor was great to begin with so I don't see it being a bad thing for them that he's out.
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If the penalty holds, losing a starting QB for almost half the season is a pretty stiff penalty. Now, I'm guessing he bolts to the pros and never serves any of the penalty. Still, it could derail a national title bid. Funny how the NCAA has the players pay the money to charity. Ah, where are they going to get the money to pay to charity? I doubt they kept whatever they made in a little cigar box under the bed in order to make payment should the NCAA catch them.
Remember, if you do anything illegal with the NCAA, just say it was your parents behind it. Thus, nothing bad happens to you.

(edited by redsoxnation on 23.12.10 1648)
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It seems the NCAA has given up screwing around with the BCS and the SEC. As much I love watching Cam play and he is the rightful Heisman trophy winner, his ruling is going to lead to more problems then its worth. NCAA after being somewhat embarrassed by the ruling is going to come down hard on everybody else.

I do think five games is a bit much for this considering its only $1,000 to $2,500 per person. In effect, all those guys can enter the draft, so the suspension could end their college football careers. If they suspended them for the bowl game and the first two games of the season then it wouldn't be as terrible for OSU since this game is meaningless expect for the BCS event staff and the first two are typical OSU cupcakes. Ohio State is still going to get the BCS money regardless of Pryor players. If I were the Ohio St. AD, I would have begged for that instead of the first five which even one loss is going to kill their title hopes. Speaking of the OSU AD, that has to be the poorest excuse ever for an appeal. We went less games due to us not explaining things well to our players even though its common fucking knowledge through out college football not to sell shit.
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http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/bowls10/sugar/news/story?id=5970169




How much do I want to see all 5 of them at the post-game press conference say: Sorry coach, we changed our minds.
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It's funny that players get all kinds of crazy swag for playing in a bowl game, but if they want to sell some of it...



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