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Surprise! Buckeye Five to return for 2011 season

DeVier Posey,left, Mike Adams, Boom Herron, Terrelle Pryor, Solomon Thomas

It was, in the immediacy of the stunning announcement that five Ohio State players had been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, widely assumed that most of the quintet of juniors would take their leave of Columbus and head to the NFL.

Apparently, that will not be the case.  For any of the players.

In a press conference Thursday morning, head coach Jim Tressel said that all five players — quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Boom Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas — have pledged to return to the football program in 2011.  Otherwise, the coach said, they would not have made the trip with the team to the Sugar Bowl.

Tressel said he told the five they “have to make any decision based on the future and (leaving early for the) NFL prior to us leaving for our bowl game. … It wouldn’t be fair if someone was able to participate” and then leave.

With that prerequisite, the pledge of allegiance was unanimous, Tressel said. …

“I’m excited to say that all of the guys who were involved, knowing perhaps they had some options like playing in this game and then leaving (the program) … and maybe another option would be to take themselves out of this game hoping to the appeal for the future (suspension) would be softened … none of them want to do that,” Tressel said.

“They are going into this opportunity their eyes open knowing they have significant sanctions for their senior year. … They know they have to live with those.”

Of course, there’s literally nothing preventing the players from filing their paperwork for the NFL draft after the bowl game.  Any combination of the five could tell the school, the coaching staff anything they want to hear right now, and then burn that bridge at some point between the end of the game Jan. 4 and the Jan. 15 deadline for declaring.  For now, though, and taking the players and Tressel at their collective word, it appears all five players will return for the 2011 season and sit out the first five games as penance.  Pending an appeal that could reduce their sentence by a game or two, of course.

As for the Sugar Bowl itself, there have been rumblings that the players would be punished by the school by being forced to sit a quarter or a half of the Arkansas game.  Tressel heavily intimated that will not be the case.

“The guys will play as to what they deserve to play from a football standpoint,” Tressel said. “They will be evaluated football related.”

In other words, the Buckeyes will be at full strength for the Sugar Bowl from start to finish.  Well played, Mr. Hoolahan.  Well played.

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22 Responses to “Surprise! Buckeye Five to return for 2011 season”
  1. 1historian says: Dec 30, 2010 11:29 AM

    They should NOT be playing in the Sugar Bowl.

    Right NOW they say they are going to stay but let’s see how that plays out as decision time for the draft looms, and 5 years from now let’s see how many eventually graduated, and what those who didn’t make it in the NFL are doing.

  2. buckeye044 says: Dec 30, 2010 11:46 AM

    historian,

    I and many Buckeye fans are with you on this one. I still have a hard time believing anything that comes out of Pryor’s mouth, so we’ll see what happens.

    That said, the NCAA caved to pressure from the Sugar Bowl to let them play so they will play.

  3. henryd3rd says: Dec 30, 2010 11:54 AM

    Does Tressel still believe in the “tooth Fairy or Santa Claus? The chances of all those palyera coming back back are Slim and None and I saw those dudes making airline and hotel reservations to be in NY next spring. Is Radio City still the site of the NFL draft?

  4. dkhhuey says: Dec 30, 2010 12:27 PM

    Excellent! Hopefully the NCAA will reduce the suspension to only a few games and we can get back to playing football!

  5. smokehouse56 says: Dec 30, 2010 1:03 PM

    Tressel is a big joke like the 5 players whose butts he kissed.

  6. hookermctitties says: Dec 30, 2010 1:04 PM

    They shouldn’t be playing but at least it is against an SEC team and we ALL know how that works out for OSU in a bowl game. And since there probably won’t be an NFL season next year OF COURSE THEY AREN’T LEAVING EARLY.

    NCAA is such a joke.

  7. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 30, 2010 1:29 PM

    I.love.your.username!

  8. brownstown2 says: Dec 30, 2010 1:43 PM

    I believe that none of them will leave, largely because they’d be middle round picks at best anyway. Maybe they could bump up into the 2nd round with good workouts, but they have a lot to gain by coming back and showing improvement. The last few years have seen several players leave early, only to end up as middle round picks in less-than-ideal situations.

    I hope this is Pryor’s REAL grow-up moment. He’s got the physical skills, but needs some work upstairs.

    To (many of) the rest of you, what has two thumbs and doesn’t care what you think about Tressel?

  9. Deb says: Dec 30, 2010 3:34 PM

    Let’s see …

    Some Ohio State players made a little cash and a few noses grew in the Midwest. The kids will be punished next year so the Sugar Bowl won’t lose any $$$ this year. The usually honorable Coach Tressel is going along because the not-so-honorable players have given their solemn oath they’ll stay in college and take their punishment like men.

    Of course, they can always play in the Sugar Bowl, then screw their coach, skip their punishment, and jump to the NFL … where BrownsTown tells us they’ll be so-so draft picks making so-so money.

    Meanwhile

    Auburn likely paid Cam Newton six figures, yet the NCAA broke its own rules to let him play in the National Championship, after which he’ll definitely head to the NFL where he’ll make megabucks never having gotten so much as a dirty look let alone a credible suspension.

    Gee … somehow I just can’t get worked up over Tatoogate.

  10. steelers6pack says: Dec 30, 2010 3:46 PM

    Pryor was ready to go to Michigan or Penn State then changed his mind! He will go pro once Tressell leaves or OSU gets probation like they should!

  11. brownstown2 says: Dec 30, 2010 4:30 PM

    steeler6pack,

    Revisionist history is fun. Pryor never gave PSU serious consideration and only gave them a visit to appease his old man.

    It came down to UM and OSU, with Florida and Oregon on the periphery. He chose OSU because he wanted to play in a pro style offense.

    Tressel has a contract that runs through 2014. THAT is when he’ll finish as coach. Enjoy four more years of playing second fiddle or below.

    It’s a shame that you want to slam Tressel. He’s one of the few gentleman left in this game. Once Tressel, JoePa, Mack Brown, etc leave the game, it’ll only get even MORE sleezy.

  12. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 4:42 PM

    Funny how on one thread, the OSU backers swore up and down that Tressel would do something to restore honor, like (guffaw) sitting them down for a quarter but NOW, he’s made it clear that he won’t and those same people are strangely silent. H-Y-P…

  13. gotta keep my mouth shut says: Dec 30, 2010 5:16 PM

    edgy are you delusional or do you just not read

    please tell me where anyone at all wanted tressel to bench these players for 6 games for selling their own property?

    illegal, yes
    on par with a parent solliciting funds from an institution (otherwise known as extortion) , no

    I, and any other self resepecting fan on here, would realize no “integrity” is lost by doing what the NCAA says

    should auburn have been penalized by the NCAA, yes, but they were not, and the NCAA is law of the land, so bitch, cry, complain, moan, insult, all you want, but it will change nothing

  14. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 5:35 PM

    I didn’t say that they were talking about benching them for 6 games or can’t you read? Re-read what I wrote and if you still can’t understand it then I suggest that you re-read it one more time. After that, I can’t help you.

  15. laffers says: Dec 30, 2010 5:46 PM

    Two things scream out for attention here.1) Tressel violated NCAA rules by making this deal that probably isn’t enforceable anyway 2) These kids will play and declare for the draft anyway. Does Tressel truly believe that kids that have already dishonored themselves would have a problem going back on their words?

  16. gotta keep my mouth shut says: Dec 30, 2010 6:11 PM

    ok edgy, then explain why something that is unrelated to football or academics should warrant a sitting for a quarter or more

    scam newton didn’t get one, so why should these boys

  17. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 7:42 PM

    Ok, at what point do you think that I’m one of the hypocrites that believe that these two cancel out? Sorry but I believe that they both deserved to be sitting and unlike you, I don’t believe that just because Newton didn’t sit that these guys should get a pass.

    As for the stupid sitting for a quarter bull crap, that’s what a few of the Ohio State people here said that Tressel would do to restore honor to the program and he crapped on their words and just like the true gray Buckeye hypocrites that they are, they’ve chosen to keep their mouth shut about that fact (Thank you, sir, may I have another).

    As for sitting out the game, what gives the coach the right to suspend a player that beats the crap out of his girlfriend? It’s not related to academics or football, right? Get real.

  18. florida727 says: Dec 30, 2010 8:10 PM

    Hey Deb. Do you bother actually reading news stories before you post, or are you just an idiot with an opinion?

    a) Auburn didn’t pay Newton anything. The allegations were with respect to a demand of Mississippi State. Auburn wasn’t even part of the investigation.

    b) Tattoogate? The players are being suspended for selling merchandise, NOT getting tattoos.

    Try being informed before you post.

  19. edgy says: Dec 30, 2010 8:46 PM

    They wouldn’t have been caught if the police hadn’t raided a — gasp — tattoo parlor. BTW, many places are calling it that because of the police raid, so I guess Deb is right.

    As for Auburn not paying anyone, that remains to be seen. There is STILL an investigation underway and so far, the ONLY reason why the NCAA did not rule him ineligible is because they said that that his dad, without his knowledge, solicited money but so far, they’re unable to determine whether he got any and if he did, it would most certainly affect Newton’s past and future eligibility.

  20. Deb says: Dec 30, 2010 10:50 PM

    Why thanks, edge.

    @florida727 …

    Oh my … apparently you are just an idiot with an opinion–an uninformed opinion.

    As edgy pointed out, the Ohio State scandal began in a tattoo parlor … thus, the Tattoogate reference. What a pity you didn’t bother to read a news story before you posted.

    As for Auburn … we know Cam Newton’s daddy tried to sell him for six figures to Mississippi State University, but was willing to give Dan Mullen a $20,000 discount because of their longstanding relationship. Then, with no prior relationship at all, out of the goodness of his heart, he sent Cam to Auburn–only a couple of weeks after his one and only meeting with the school. Now you just can’t believe that stuff about Cam telling Miss State he was sorry but the money Auburn offered was just too good to pass up. Why no! Again, we know Daddy Cecil was pimping out young Cam for six figures to his friends at Mississippi State, but after only one brief meeting, he let Cam go to Auburn for free.

    Uh-huh.

    I’m just sure that’s what all the Auburn boosters now pleading guilty in the FBI’s probe of political corruption and gambling in Alabama are telling investigators who’ve said there’s a link between these rapscallions and Auburn’s recruiting practices.

    By the way … did it hurt when you fell off the turnip truck yesterday?

  21. phelbin says: Dec 31, 2010 2:18 AM

    Deb, I could not have said that better myself. Cam Newton is a cheater and a thief who is conveniently eligible when the SEC has a title shot on the line. Ok…sure. And of course it never occurred to him ask why he was going to Auburn instead…ya know, cause the players aren’t usually involved in deciding where they go to school. Right?

  22. cowboys4life says: Dec 31, 2010 9:53 AM

    Arkansas will hang 50 on this pathetic excuse of a football team, Big Ten is a joke along with Ohio State..Wooooooooo Pig Souie!!!!!

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