According to a breaking NCAA release on Thursday morning, the Ohio State University football program has been rocked by massive suspensions.
Heisman-hopeful Terrelle Pryor, star running back Dan "Boom" Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams, and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas will sit out first five games of 2011 season for exchanging autographs for tattoos (or "selling awards). They also must pay for the services, reportedly ranging in value from $1,000-2,500.
From the NCAA statement, the students must repay the monetary amounts to charity. Jordan Whiting must also sit out the first game next year, and repay $150.
Pryor had a strong season this year for Ohio State, as did Herron. Both could return for a senior season and try to win another national championship for OSU, but the suspensions could push both to declare for the NFL Draft.
All six of the impacted players will still play in Ohio State's bowl game against Arkansas. That game was pulled off every board in Las Vegas late last night when word of potential suspensions leaked.