Earlier today, the NCAA reported that Terrelle Pryor, Mike Adams, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey and Solomon Thomas received a five game suspension for selling merchandise and receiving discounted services. While all are eligible for the Sugar Bowl, these sanctions will have a profound impact on Ohio State going forward.
First, let’s start with the Sugar Bowl in what may be the last game for some if not all of the five. Clearly, this news is a distraction and it will be interesting to see how the team handles this. Another development will be how Jim Tressel handles this. Tressel could bench these players and send a statement that he will not tolerate this behavior. He could also let this go. We’ll see on January 4 what he plans to do with this.
Another effect it will have is how the Buckeyes handle the off-season. Five games is a significant amount of time to miss, especially at the beginning of the season. If Pryor returns, it could throw a monkey wrench into how the offense prepares for next season. Terrelle will likely have to split reps with one if not multiple quarterbacks and this could affect the development of the offense.
Here is a look at the first five games next year:
- At Miami (Fl)
- Michigan State
If some of the five return, their first game would be in Lincoln. It’s not the ideal setting for your first start.
Finally, how will Buckeye Nation handle this news? If Pryor takes the field on January 4, will you stand behind him knowing everything you do now?
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