Tag:Ohio State
Posted on: December 23, 2010 7:22 pm

VIDEO: Five Buckeyes Suspended for Part of 2011

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's my appearance with Adam Aizer to discuss the Ohio State suspensions handed down today. 

NOTE: That's a cross-section of a wheat germ on the left edge of the screen. I'm not weird enough to have anatomical diagrams in my office. Let's not focus on that. 

One aspect we didn't get to during the segment that I'd have liked to address further is these players' pro prospects. Everyone assumes this means Terrelle Pryor is now going to declare for the NFL draft, but there are two 2010 First Team All-Big Ten players facing this five-game suspension, and Pryor isn't one of them; that'd be RB Boom Herron and tackle Mike Adams. For those two players, it'd be hard to imagine what there is left to accomplish on the college stage regardless of how many games they're allowed to play in 2011. A five-game suspension awaiting them may just be another argument for a decision they were going to make anyway. Same might even go for DeVier Posey , though his numbers weren't terrific this season.

So if that's the case and some of these guys declare for the draft, then they're not really suspended for the first five games anymore -- especially if they had NFL dreams to act on anyway. It doesn't necessarily change the personnel for the first five games, but at the very least their replacements can spend the entire offseason preparing with the first team rather than splitting reps with the suspended players. That's primarily why I expressed some uncertainty as to how many players would be suspended for the Michigan State game; if they're off in the NFL instead, then they're not missing. That's all.

Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:37 pm

Get your Gold Pants on eBay

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier today it was announced that five Ohio State players had been suspended for selling awards and receiving discounts on tattoos.  The players, including Terrelle Pryor, have been suspended for five games in the 2011 season.  Some of the things Pryor sold included his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, his 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and the Gold Pants he received in 2008.

Gold Pants are an award given to Ohio State players by the school for beating Michigan.  Of course, as it turns out, Pryor isn't the only former Buckeye trying to trade that gold in for some cash.  Why, if you want you're own pair, all you have to do is hit up eBay.

Now, obviously, these are from 1967.  But, still, you can buy them.  I don't think this particular player will be suspended or told to give the proceeds to charity.  So buy without guilt!
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.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:20 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 11:15 am

Ohio State looking into possible NCAA violations

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It appears some new ink could possibly end up costing a few Ohio State players the chance to play in the Sugar Bowl. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the school is now looking into some possible NCAA violations of several Ohio State players who may have received free tattoos in exchange for autographs.
Sources indicate that some sort of discipline is likely to be handed down, but it is unclear when, or to what extent. It is possible that some players may not be available for the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4, but it's also possible that any discipline could get pushed back to the start of the 2011 regular season.
Athletic director Gene Smith has not returned multiple messages.

It's against NCAA rules for any student-athlete to use their status to receive anything not normally offered to the general public.

Obviously, if any Ohio State players were to be suspended for the Sugar Bowl, depending on who they are, it would have a serious impact on the game. As of now we don't know which players may or may not be involved, but let's say this: I don't think a third string freshman safety is getting free tattoos in exchange for an autograph.

So, while I have no idea who any of the players are, I wouldn't be shocked to find out if some are starters.  And Jim Tressel .  You know the reason Tressel always wears that sweatervest and long sleeves is to hide the hundreds of tattoos on his arms.

UPDATE: Well, it seems we know at least one player who received tattoos: Terrelle Pryor , who announced on his Twitter page tonight, "I paid for my tattoos. Go Bucks."

According to the Cleveland Leader , other players involved reportedly include Dan Herron , DeVier Posey , Travis Howard , Jonathan Newsome , Jordan Hall , Chris Fields and Michael Brewster .
Posted on: December 21, 2010 12:25 pm

Michigan State won't have top WR for Cap One Bowl

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's a part of me that feels sorry for Michigan State this season.  Like Ohio State and Wisconsin, the Spartans went 11-1 this season and picked up a share of the Big Ten title.  Unlike Ohio State and Wisconsin, the Spartans aren't going to a BCS bowl game this season thanks to a big loss against an Iowa team that stumbled down the stretch.

Instead they'll be going to the Capital One Bowl where they get to face Alabama.  Not that it's anything to be ashamed of, but when you win a share of the Big Ten title, you expect a bit more.  Unfortunately for the Spartans, the hits keep on coming now that the regular season is over.  The team's leading receiver B.J. Cunningham broke his foot during practice on Saturday and won't be able to play in the game.

"B.J. Cunningham is a great competitor and he's extremely disappointed to be out for the Capital One Bowl game against Alabama," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a release from the school.

"B.J. had another outstanding season, and I know that he'll work hard during his rehab and set himself up for a big senior year."

Cunningham had 50 catches and 9 touchdowns this season, both of which led the Spartans.  The good news for Michigan State is that they have a couple of talented receivers behind Cunningham in Mark Dell and Keshawn Martin, but when you're going against a defense like Alabama's, you want as much talent on your side as you can get.

So not having Cunningham available will only make a tall task that much taller.
Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:25 am

Kent State to hire Ohio State's Hazell

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As the old saying goes: if you can't beat 'em, hire 'em away.

So with the rest of Ohio now 0-for-the-last-89-years against the neighborhood bully in Columbus, it's no surprise that Kent State (out of Kent, Ohio, natch) has looked to the staff of Ohio State for their next head coach, Buckeye receivers coach and assistant head coach Darrell Hazell. Hazell is due to be announced as the new coach of the Golden Flashes at a press conference set for 3 p.m. EST later today, having won the job over co-finalists Curt Cignetti, the Alabama wide receivers coach, and Bobby Kennedy, the Texas receivers coach. (One way or another, safe to say the Golden Flashes were going to get some high-quality receiving coaching next year.)

With Hazell installed at Kent, Pete Lembo at Ball State, and Dave Doeren at Northern Illinois, only Temple and Miami (OH) are still looking for coaches following what might be called the Great MAC Coaching Upheaval of 2010.

Hazell comes to Kent having been with Jim Tressel's Buckeyes since 2004 and with experience as the assistant head coach at both Ohio State and his previous stop at Rutgers. But the likely decisive factor in his hire is his knowledge of the rich Ohio recruiting scene, honed not only from his years under Tressel but his three-year stint as the Oberlin College offensive coordinator from 1989-1991.

And what team just-so-happens to be that last Ohio team to beat Ohio State? Oberlin, by a 7-6 score back in 1921 . If Hazell can reproduce anything remotely like that kind of magic, he won't be at Kent for long.

Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:52 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2010 6:24 pm

Big Ten updates logo, annouces division names

Posted by Adam Jacobi

With the Big Ten adding Nebraska to the fold earlier this year, the old Big Ten logo with the subtle "11" embedded was suddenly rendered obsolete. The Big Ten's response? A Big Ten logo with a subtle "10" embedded. Here's the new logo unveiled by commissioner Jim Delany on the Big Ten Network today:

As for the division names, yes, they're "Legends" and "Leaders." The announcement was made after a five-minute presentation about alumni of each and every school doing good things, and as the image above indicates, the split is like this:


  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Northwestern


  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Purdue
  • Wisconsin

There'll be a time and place for editorializing about the new branding, but for now, here's what it all is. Reactions go in the comment section below.

Posted on: December 9, 2010 12:20 pm

Terrelle Pryor could dominate, prefers winning

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Terrelle Pryor hasn't made much of a secret of the fact he's felt a bit disrespected this season.  He started the season as a Heisman contender, but quickly fell off the radar thanks to guys like fellow quarterbacks Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore.  Heck, Pryor wasn't even named to the Big Ten All Conference teams, instead being passed over for guys like Denard Robinson, Scott Tolzien and Dan Persa.  Which was something he's already voiced his displeasure over via Twitter.

It's obvious that this all bothers Pryor, whether he wants to admit it or not, because it seems like every chance he gets to tell somebody that he's better he takes it.  This time Pryor was talking to the Chicago Tribune when the topic of those other quarterbacks came up, and he made sure to point out that if he was in a different type of offense than the one they run at Ohio State, he'd be dominating college football.

"I'll put it like this: You put me in any of their offenses — any of them — and I'd dominate," Pryor said. "I'd dominate the nation. What those guys do, that's what they're supposed to do in their offense.

"They carry the ball 30 times a game. I carry the ball maybe five times. There are times I didn't even run the ball in a game. You put me in any of their offenses, where I can run the ball and have a choice to throw, I would dominate college football."

This is where I point out to Pryor that he could have been in one of those offenses had he chose to.  After all, he was being recruited at Michigan too, but chose Ohio State.  Which Pryor is fully aware of, but at the end of the day he makes sure to point out that while he may not receive all the accolades that the others do, there's only one thing he really cares about.

"People get into the statistical thing, and at the end of the day, what's the statistic that really matters?" Pryor said.

"We could have done better, but I'm 30-4. I want nothing else but to win. If I was having a lot of stats and I was losing, I would really be kind of mad. My competitive nature wants just to win, by any means. By any means, win. That's all I really care about, to tell you the truth, man."

Which is nice to hear, but it's obviously not the whole truth.  I'm sure Pryor cares a lot about winning, but if it's the only thing he cares about, why is he spending so much time complaining about everything else?
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