Today we got word that Terrelle Pryor and his Ohio State teammates Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas and Jordan Whiting were afforded an extended vacation from football in 2011 by the NCAA.
That those players are eligible for the Sugar Bowl defies logic but we’re way past the point of holding the NCAA or its member institutions accountable for anything.
Another part of this saga that might be upside-down to some is the fact that the majority of Ohio State fans I’ve been tracking since today’s suspension announcement also want Pryor to be benched for the Sugar Bowl.
If you’ve never lived in Columbus, that might come as a surprise, but if you know anything about the innumerable, mind-numbing traditions of Ohio State football you understand why Buckeye fans are more upset with Pryor than other charged Buckeye stars like Posey and Herron.
Pryor broke a golden Buckeye rule by selling his gold pants, which is a charm given only to OSU football players who are members of Buckeye teams that beat Michigan.
Pryor hawking his Big 10 Championship Ring is also a dagger in the scarlet heart of Buckeye faithful, but the gold pants are viewed as nothing short of priceless by all devotees to the poisonous nut, including Jim Tressel.
Three weeks ago Tressel talked about the gold pants thusly:
UNDEFEATED VS. UM: Ohio State’s seniors have never lost to Michigan. Some of them were redshirted as true freshmen, so they have five sets of the gold pants all Ohio State players get when the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines. In addition, those seniors won or shared the Big Ten Conference title in each of their seasons.
“Well, we’ve got probably half the senior class that has five - will have five Big Ten rings and five pairs of gold pants, which is a big deal,” Tressel said. “It won’t do anything for us in a bowl game. It will do something for us in our dresser drawer or wherever you keep your stuff, but it’s just a feeling of accomplishment.”
Such treasured mementos appear on eBay in excessively small quantities. Today, the only pair of 2008 gold pants currently on the auction site was sold for $695.00 one hour after Ohio State announced the NCAA-mandated suspension of Pryor.
Can’t say the same though for the “starting player’s” 2008 Big Ten Championship ring on another auction site. The $2,900.00 asking price probably has something to do with that, and the fact that the identity of the original owner of the ring hasn’t been made available by the seller. (Not that it probably matters at this point.)
Per the NCAA announcement, Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a his 2008 Gold Pants and a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award.
Based on the asking price of the merch online, that sounds about right.
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