In an era where every little thing a college athlete does is taken and looked at under the microscope, yet another major program has been hit just two days before Christmas.
This time, the NCAA grinch found that at least five players were in violation for accepting improper benefits. The allegations include selling championship rings and jerseys and accepting improper gifts.The actual kicker may be that this was an investigation by OSU that they turned over to the NCAA, probably to avoid major sanctions.
Among the top names is Mr. Buckeye himself Terrelle Pryor, who allegedly sold his Big 10 title ring, a pair of gold pants that were given to him from the Ohio State University, and his 2009 Fiesta Bowl Sportsmanship award.
Also named in the violation are Dan "Boom" Herron, Mike Adams, Devier Posey, and Solomon Thomas. Many of the allegations against them are similar in nature to those against Pryor, as many decided to sell rings and apparel for their own profit.
So what will the penalty against them be?
All are suspended for five games next year. Not this year. Not in a big money BCS game against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.
So why are they being allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl, despite the five game suspension?
Here is what Kevin Lennon, the NCAA Vice President of Academic and Membership Affairs had to say:
Should the 5 Buckeye players be allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl?
"The players are eligible for the bowl game because the NCAA determined they did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred."
That sounds great on paper, but the bottom line is the NCAA doesn't want a high profile BCS match-up to lose any of its luster, especially one that may not have the drawing power nationally, with respect to Ohio and Arkansas markets.
Pryor and his band of eBay thugs should have to start their suspensions immediately. There is no reason that they should be allowed to play in the bowl game. Five games means five games, and it shouldn't have to wait until the multi-million dollar bowl game is over.
So which games will these guys miss?
Normally, I would go easily to a few Michigan directional schools and some MAC sisters of the week, but this is not entirely the case.
Toledo, Akron, Miami of Florida, Colorado and Michigan State are the first five to feast on the Pryor-less Buckeyes.
But the bottom line is two things:
One, is selling your personal belongings, or gifts from the university, a crime or violation in the first place?
I say it is tacky at best, and I know from my days back in school that the NCAA gives these guys absolutely jack to live on while they are playing.
Two, is it fair that they can play in their precious money maker of a bowl game in New Orleans?
I say no! The suspensions should start now.
While I personally think that what they did isn't really all that bad, rules are rules, and a five game suspension means five games starting now.
So what do you think?
Did the Buckeye E-bayers do anything wrong in the first place?
Should they be able to play in the Bowl game?
Is five games way too much?