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

(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.

Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
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