5 Ohio St. Players Suspended for Selling Rings, Jerseys
But they can still play in this year's Sugar Bowl
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2010 12:50 PM CST
Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

(Newser) – And there was much joy in Michigan: Five Ohio State Buckeyes—including star QB Terrelle Pryor—have been suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of next season for selling rings, jerseys, and other goodies to make a buck, reports the Columbus Dispatch. They will, however, be able to play in this year's Sugar Bowl. The school plans to appeal.

Some of the players also received what the NCAA deemed improper discounts from a tattoo parlor. All have to give between 1,000 to $2,500 to charity to make up for their profits. Pryor sold his 2008 Big Ten championship ring and his 2008 "gold pants," which the AP describes as "a trinket" given to players on a team that beats Michigan.

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Dec 24, 2010 10:48 AM CST
Stay classy Ohio!
Dec 24, 2010 8:21 AM CST
When do you suppose that we in America are going to get our priorities in line? Sorry, I don't feel sorry for anyone that gets a "free" ride and given, yes given a college degree when doctors have to spent a minimum of eight years in school and then 10 additional years paying back their loans. These athletes most of whom can't spell, write, or speak good English get paid huge sums of money for doing what? Being able to run, jump, and catch a stupid ball. Sorry, I don't feel sorry for any of them. Let's just get them the hell out of the schools and call college sports what it truly is - the minor leagues for the pros. The NCAA is just as responsible because it is all about the money. Why allow them to play in a bowl game? Because it would cost them money. I wonder if anyone ever looks at this situation and compares it with why the U.S. is sinking in education around the world? We are raising our kids to idolize these morons while the remainder of the are raising smart kids. Yes, we are becoming the next "Banana Republic.
Dec 23, 2010 8:38 PM CST
Please excuse my rant as I am a loyal Michigan fan: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Everyone does this and yet these idiots manage to get caught? Suspend them for the Rose Game. Why wait until next year?