Happy 84th birthday to Joe Paterno!! :blow
Happy 84th birthday to Joe Paterno!! :blow
Five members of the OSU football team including Pryor have been selling memorabilia to a local tattoo parlor owner and receiving free tattoos also. They have been suspended for the first 5 games of next season. The feeling here in Columbus is that they should also be made to sit our the Sugar Bowl. I totally agree. Pryor even tweeted yesterday that he paid for his tattoos. With what, the money you got for your 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award you sold? Yep, that's exactly the type of behavior one would expect from someone who won the sportsmanship award. :ohno
Pryor, four other Ohio State football players receive five-game suspensions in 2011 | BuckeyeXtra
By Tim May
The Columbus Dispatch
Terrelle Pryor and four of his Ohio State teammates will be suspended from the first five games of the 2011 season because of NCAA violations, the school and NCAA announced today. All five will be eligible to play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.
Not that it made the news that much more palatable, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said.
"There is a gut-wrenching feeling when you lose a game, and then there is one that goes beyond when you don't feel as if you did what you should do as people," Tressel said. "So whatever the next step of gut-wrenching is, that's the way you feel, and we feel a responsibility for our kids on and off the field. Obviously, it's painful."
The other four involved in the five-game suspension next season are wide receiver DeVier Posey, running back Dan Herron, left tackle Mike Adams and backup defensive end Solomon Thomas. The five were sanctioned for first accepting discounted rates on tattoos and then letting that escalate into selling personal OSU memorabilia to the owner of a local tattoo parlor for thousands of dollars over a period starting in 2009. Also, backup linebacker Jordan Whiting will miss one game.
But all six will be eligible to play in the Sugar, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs said in the NCAA news release announcing the sanctions. There are allowances for that, he said.
"The policy for suspending withholding conditions (suspensions) for bowl games of NCAA championship competition recognizes the unique opportunity these events provide at the end of a season, and they are evaluated differently from a withholding perspective," Lennon said. "In this instance, the facts are consistent with the established policy."
The problems came to light as a result of a federal probe into the affairs of the tattoo parlor owner. Smith said the U.S. Attorney's office notified OSU officials on Dec. 7 that during the searches related to the probe, a stash of OSU memorabilia signed by the players in question was discovered.
The subsequent investigation by the OSU compliance office led to interviews with the players and then the suspensions. This is what each of them will have to repay to regain elibility next season:
* Adams must repay $1,000 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring
* Herron must repay $1,150 to a charity for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving discounted services worth $150
* Posey must repay $1,250 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200 and receiving discounted services worth $50
* Pryor must repay $2,500 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university
* Thomas must repay $1,505 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155
* Whiting must pay $150 to a charity for receiving discounted services.
"We will appeal the game suspensions," Smith said at a press conference today, but he also praised the NCAA for reacting quickly to the situation.
Smith went on to say that the U.S. Attorney's office assured them that as far as the players' involvement was concerned, "this is not a criminal case. ... And it is not an agent of booster case."
Isn't it sad that something that they supposedly worked so hard for was really only worth one more tattoo.
Here is the NCAA news release on the subject.
NCAA news release on Ohio State violations | BuckeyeXtra
This is the full text of the NCAA news release today about its investigation of Ohio State football players:
NCAA Requires Loss of Contests for Six Ohio State Football Student-Athletes
For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 23, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS--- Five football student-athletes from The Ohio State University must sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and university apparel and receiving improper benefits in 2009, the NCAA has determined.
A sixth football student-athlete must sit out the first game in 2011 for receiving discounted services in violation of NCAA rules.
The violations fall under the NCAA's preferential treatment bylaws.
In addition to missing five games next season, student-athletes Mike Adams, Daniel Herron, Devier Posey, Terrelle Pryor 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.
Student-athlete 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.
"These are significant penalties based on findings and information provided by the university," said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs.
The decision from the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff does not include a withholding condition for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The withholding condition was suspended and the student-athletes will be eligible to play in the bowl game Jan. 4 based on several factors.
These include the acknowledgment the student-athletes did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred, Lennon said.
NCAA policy allows suspending withholding penalties for a championship or bowl game if it was reasonable at the time the student-athletes were not aware they were committing violations, along with considering the specific circumstances of each situation. In addition, there must not be any competitive advantage related to the violations, and the student-athletes must have eligibility remaining.
The policy for suspending withholding conditions for bowl games or NCAA championship competition recognizes the unique opportunity these events provide at the end of a season, and they are evaluated differently from a withholding perspective. In this instance, the facts are consistent with the established policy, Lennon said.
Gene Smith, associate vice president and director of athletics at Ohio State, said the university will "further enhance" its rules education in the future based on this situation.
"We were not as explicit with our student-athlete education as we should have been in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years regarding the sale of apparel, awards and gifts issued by the athletics department," Smith said. "We began to significantly improve our education in November of 2009 to address these issues. After going through this experience, we will further enhance our education for all our student-athletes as we move forward."
The standard withholding condition in cases like these involving the five student-athletes is four games, or 30 percent of a season. A fifth game was added to the penalty because these student-athletes did not immediately disclose the violations when presented with the appropriate rules education, Lennon said.
"Once a student-athlete understands a violation has occurred, they must immediately come forward to report it," he said. "That did not happen, so the additional one-game penalty was imposed."
The university declared the student-athletes ineligible on Monday (Dec. 20) and requested reinstatement from the NCAA.
As part of their reinstatement:
* Adams must repay $1,000 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring
* 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
* Solomon (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.
During the reinstatement process, each case is evaluated based on the specific facts of the particular case by NCAA staff. Prior to reaching a decision, staff considers any guidelines established by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, a student-athlete's responsibility for the violation, as well as any mitigating factors presented by the institution.
The university can appeal the decision to the Division I NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, an independent committee comprised of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences. This committee can reduce or remove the condition, but it cannot increase the staff-imposed conditions.
Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete's involvement are determined. The reinstatement process is likely to conclude prior to the close of an enforcement investigation. It is NCAA policy not to comment on current, pending or potential investigations.
Well, the rumor around here is that the Outback Bowl is going to be Joe Paterno's last game. I guess he's had a few "mini strokes" over the past few months and at the senior banquet he was speaking incoherently about things. I also heard he was diagnosed with cancer, but I'm not sure how true that is. A large amount of his family is flying down for the bowl game. I've heard he's going to announce his retirement after the bowl.
I have it on good authority that Tony Dungy is in town checking out the Penn State campus.
I hope Tress does the right thing and benches the dumb asses for the Sugar Bowl. :pissedoffQuote:
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Tressel says Pryor, other sanctioned juniors pledge to return for senior season | BuckeyeXtra
Right :ohno Rumor has it the team movie the night before the game is "Liar Liar" starring
Terrelle PryorJim Carrey. :lol
NEW ORLEANS -- Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said this morning that the five junior players who are scheduled to serve a five-game suspension at the start of next season, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, had to pledge they would return for their senior season before being included on this Sugar Bowl trip to play Arkansas on Tuesday night.
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, Tressell said. They came from Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, left tackle Mike Adams and backup defensive end Solomon Thomas, who are facing five-game suspensions to start the 2011 season after it was discovered they sold personal awards and memorabilia before their eligibility was done, a violation of NCAA rules. Reserve linebacker Jordan Whiting will be suspended one game next year because of his transgression.
"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."
The Buckeyes thus will begin practice in the Superdome this afternoon with all hands on deck. And all hands will be at their assigned positions, Tressel said, indicating there will be no sanctions against the affected five in terms of starting spot or playing time.
"The guys will play as to what they deserve to play from a football standpoint," Tressel said. "They will be evaluated football related."
Washington creamed Nebraska 19 to 7 ! GO HUSKIES !!!!!
Congrats to a Pac 10 team! :yayQuote:
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:riiight Very disappointing. :sadQuote:
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