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OSU seniors consider benching suspended players

Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:42 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's been a bit of confusion and anger over the NCAA's decision to suspend six Ohio State players for five games next season for selling memorabilia and accepting discounted tattoos, but not to suspend them for the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.  Well, it seems there's still a chance that none of the suspended players will play in the Sugar Bowl, though it's not the NCAA's decision.

The team met for the first time since the suspension was announced on Sunday, and according to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the suspended players apologized to their teammates at the meeting.  According to the same report, the Ohio State seniors also got together to discuss whether or not they wanted the players suspended by the team for the bowl game as well.
According to sources, the suspended players are scheduled to travel with the team to New Orleans, but the final decision on what happens to quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, left tackle Mike Adams, backup defensive end Solomon Thomas and backup linebacker Jordan Whiting obviously lies with Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. One source said one scenario could include the sanctioned Buckeyes playing in the Sugar Bowl, but perhaps not starting.

If I had to guess, I don't think Tressel will sit any of the players for the Sugar Bowl.  If anything, he'll choose the option to not start them, though I don't even expect that to be the case.  Personally, while I understand why people are angry that none of the players were suspended for the bowl game, I tend to feel that suspending them for five games next season hurts Ohio State more than forcing them to sit out the Sugar Bowl would.

Let's be real, here, while the Sugar Bowl is a big deal, it doesn't actually mean anything in the big picture.  It's not like the winner of the game has a chance to be the national champion.  The only thing on the line in the game is Ohio State's pride as they face another SEC team in a BCS bowl game.

Suspending the players for next season, however, likely costs the Buckeyes a shot at a national title in 2011 and possibly a Big Ten title as well.  Even if players like Terrelle Pryor decide to leave school early rather than sit out nearly half the season, that still means the Buckeyes won't have them next year, which will have an impact on the team's performance.

Though, had the NCAA just decided to suspend the players for six games, including the bowl game, that would have kept everybody off its back, but since when does the NCAA ever do anything in which it doesn't leave itself open to criticism?
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:38 pm
 

OSU seniors consider benching suspended players

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:46 pm
 

OSU seniors consider benching suspended players

With all due respect to Tom Fornelli...he doesn't know what he is talking about! The purpose of a suspension is to punish players for breaking rules. Usually if rules are broken then suspensions are handed down and are effective immediately. Because the college football season is "over" the NCAA has said that the suspension will carry over into next season which Fornelli says makes sense because it would hurt OSU next year. He is correct. But he is incorrect in that the Buckeyes still have one more game left this season so why not suspend the players for that game as many astute people here have said. The reason is money and lots of it. Sure OSU might get a bit more money if it wins the bowl game than lose it, but the real deciding factor is ratings! Would I watch OSU without Terrell Pryor. I would probably not! Because his backup is probably not going to help the team win. So in order for the NCAA to maximize its earnings it has to put the best product possible. Everyone knows it, but will not say it truthfully. Jim Tressel and the AD should have said "while we are clearly disappointed by the actions of a few players we will do our best to focus on the bowl game because a victory not only gives great pride for our players, university and fans it also means that our conference will get a heck of alot more money if we showcase Terrell Pryor on national television. We would be crazy not to."



Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:39 pm
 

OSU seniors consider benching suspended players

The seniors on the OSU team are showing the moral fiber that the NCAA committee lacks.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:36 pm
 

OSU seniors consider benching suspended players



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Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:17 pm
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Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:26 pm
 

OSU seniors consider benching suspended players

I am a fan and alum of OSU and I think it's a joke these players are being suspended five games, however I think it's even a bigger joke that it doesn't include the Sugar Bowl.  It's all about the $$$$. The NC Double A-holes do not want to do anything to jeopardize potential TV revenue by putting OSU's second team on the field for one of it's showcase games. OSU took the cowards way out on this one. They knew it was going to be EXTREMELY difficult to beat Arkansas at full stength and they would get ran off the field without those guys, which hurts recruiting, future BCS invites, etc...  I am willing to bet the farm that if OSU would have countered the 5 games next year with the Sugar Bowl and 2 games next year the NCAA would have agreed. I hope they all go pro anyways. Adams, known pot head who has been underwhelming and would not have been the starter had Marcus Hall been healthy. Herron, I like Boom alot but he will not be missed with the stable of young backs waiting for their turn. Posey, this is the biggest loss to me and thats only because Sanzenbacher is a Sr. and it doesn't look like Duron Carter is coming back. If those two where back next year losing Posey, who has been a huge letdown IMHO, wouldn't even be a blip on the radar. Pryor, I'm ready to close the book on this guy. To me he is Cam Newton without  toughness, football IQ, the ability to make people miss, and throwing ability. Which makes him an average QB that can never win you NC.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:09 pm
 

OSU seniors consider benching suspended players

first of all isnt his dad accussed of taking money from miss state and not auburn? second kids make kistakes, it happens they are young kids. i have more of a problem with the suspension that ncaa choose then the kid himself making a mistake, u are going to suspend them but not til next year, thats a crock. even put out now or do nothing at all, thats my point!!


evturner1
Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:07 pm
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Gipper10
Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:00 pm
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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:15 pm
 

OSU seniors consider benching suspended players

kgerb, how do you know newton's dad took any money at all?  throughout this whole ordeal there has not been one shred of evidence that anyone took any money.  just a bunch of people from other universities claiming that cam's dad requested money.  no recordings of phone calls, no bank transactions, nothing of proof.     


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