Five Ohio State football players have been suspended for the first give games of the 2011 season. Terrelle Pryor is obviously the biggest name involved here, with the other four being Devier Posey, Solomon Thomas, Daniel Herron, and Mike Adams. The official reason for the suspensions, according to a statement released by the NCAA, is that the students violated the NCAA’s preferential treatment bylaws.
Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs, said, “These are significant penalties based on findings and information provided by the university.”
The full breakdown of what the student sold, and the amounts they will have to pay back in addition to the suspensions is outlined in a statement from the NCAA:
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.
The five student-athletes will be allowed to participate in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 4th.