Tag:Jordan Whiting
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:04 pm

Jordan Whiting transferring to Louisville

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Linebacker Jordan Whiting is going home.

The Ohio State linebacker announced via Twitter on Thursday morning that he would be transferring from Ohio State to Louisville to finish his college career. Whiting is from Louisville.

Whiting, a sophomore, only had 1 tackle for Ohio State in 2011 and found himself buried on the depth chart at linebacker. Obviously, given this recent development, he doesn't foresee those circumstances changing under the new regime in Columbus.

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Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:42 pm

OSU seniors consider benching suspended players

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?
Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:13 pm

Ohio State players suspended for 5 games in 2011

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's the good news for Ohio State: none of the players involved in the NCAA violations the school was investigating will be suspended for the Sugar Bowl.  The bad news is that Ohio State's chances at getting back to a BCS bowl in 2011 took quite a hit on Thursday, as according to an NCAA release, five players have been suspended for five games in 2011.

Including quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  The other four players suspended are RB Dan Herron, WR DeVier Posey, OT Mike Adams and DE Solomon Thomas.

The reports first surfaced earlier this week saying that the players had received free tattoos in exchange for autographs, but it seems the players went a bit further than that.  They did pay for the tattoos, it's just they apparently sold trophies and rings to get them.  According to the release, Pryor has to repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, his 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and 2008 gold pants.

Dan Herron must pay back $1,150 for selling his jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving $150 in "discounted services."  Posey owes $1,250 for selling his 2008 Big Ten ring for $1,200 and another $50 for those "discounted services."

All the payments will be made to charities.

“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,” said athletic director Gene Smith in the release. “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.” 

Another player, Jordan Whiting, was also suspended next season, but only for a game and he must repay $150 to charity.
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