So turns out something definitely did happen involving Ohio State. It’s being reported that five players are being suspended the first five games of 2011 for NCAA rules violations occurring in 2009. Apparently the players in question sold personal items, school gifts and merchandise, and received improper benefits. The five players involved are Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, Mike Adams, Devier Posey, and Solomon Thomas.
The five players must also repay the improper benefits, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. The payments will be made to charity. A sixth player, Jordan Whiting, must also sit out the first game next season and repay $150 for improper benefits.
According to ESPN the violations are as follows:
“Adams must repay $1,000 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring and 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, while 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.
Solomon 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.”
That’s definitely a big blow that’s for sure. In addition this all but guarantees the Sugar Bowl will be Terrelle Pryor’s final game as a Buckeye. There’s no way he can possibly return for five games his senior year and believe it will be enough to improve his draft stock. If I were Pryor, I’d start looking for an agent and analyzing my draft status right now.