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NCAA: Buckeye Five suspensions to remain five games

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Ohio State had held out some hope that the five players who were suspended for five games apiece to start the 2011 season for receiving impermissible benefits would at least have a game knocked off those sanctions on appeal.

Unfortunately for the Buckeyes — their offense in particular — those hopes were officially dashed Thursday evening.

In a ruling released by the NCAA, it was reaffirmed that quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Boom Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas will serve the full five-game suspensions at the start of the upcoming season.  The Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, which heard the appeal, is the final appeal opportunity for the players.

In the release, the NCAA states that “decisions [on appeals] are made based on the collective facts of the case, withholding guidelines developed by the reinstatement committee, as well as any mitigating factors presented by the university.”

“While we are disappointed that our appeal request was denied, we respect the NCAA and accept its ruling,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “The players are sorry for the disappointment they have caused, will learn from their mistakes, and will strive to earn the confidence and support of everyone associated with the university through their future conduct.”

“The university remains steadfast in its commitment to continually improve the compliance education process,” said Dr. John Bruno, faculty athletics representative to the Big Ten and NCAA and Ohio State professor of psychology. “We believe that we do a good job in educating our more than 900 student-athletes, but we strive to do better to help them make good decisions.”

As part of their reinstatement after serving the suspension, and as had previously been noted by the school in their initial release on the issue, 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.  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.

This final ruling is separate from Jim Tressel‘s two-game suspension imposed by the school, and from any additional sanctions levied in the future by the NCAA.

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2 Responses to “NCAA: Buckeye Five suspensions to remain five games”
  1. southernpatriots says: Mar 17, 2011 9:18 PM

    The NCAA appeals process was satisfied with the school imposed penalty. However, it would not appear that the NCAA would think that the time suspension given by Ohio State to Coach Tressel is anywhere appropriate. If the players who are students, and not the coach, received a five game suspension and fines to be paid, then the coach who lied on various forms reporting to the NCAA that he had no further information or knowledge about the matter, would receive a heavier weighed penalty. It may be 5 games to equal the number of games the players were penalized or even greater since he is their coach and was the one who violated the trust of the NCAA Rule 10.1. There is time to see, but that is the best wisdom from those who have observed the NCAA for years and their penalties over the past few years.

  2. edgy says: Mar 18, 2011 12:22 PM

    To be correct, spats, the NCAA was satisfied with THEIR penalties. Why would Ohio State appeal the 5-game suspension if they were self-imposed? :)

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