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OSU Players Need to Leave
December 27, 2010 - Seth Staskey
I've spent much of the last few days reading different takes on the OSU players' scandal of selling their merchandise and getting discounts on tattoos, which led to the NCAA coming down on Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Soloman Thomas with five-game suspensions for next season.
Each person seems to have a different take on it. Whether it involves allowing the players to play in the Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl or how many games they were suspended, there are different tweets and opinions everywhere about it. Personally, I look at it as the players should have known better. They should value the possessions in which they earned as being part of one of the nation's premier programs, but at the same time, the possessions in which they sold were theirs. If someone gave you a Christmas present last week, it's yours. You can do whatever you wish with it. By that, I mean you can use it, enjoy it, sell it, take it back, throw it in the trash or whatever you wish. It's yours.
However, the NCAA doesn't allow you to sell that merchandise until you've exhausted all of your eligibility, so therefore, the players were wrong and now, like the rest of society, must deal with the consequences of their actions. Seeing that all of the five players listed above are juniors, I believe all of them should enter the NFL Draft regardless of what their pre-draft grade card indicated. I think for the good of the entire program and remaining players, it's the best move and best way to move on.
I came to this rationale by looking ahead at the future. It seems to me that it will be much simpler going into spring ball and then into pre-season camp next August without these distractions. More of the talk will be about who's not there for a while rather than who will be making the plays for the first five games of the 2011 season. Ohio State University football has been one of the nation's best programs long before these five players arrived in Columbus and will continue to be long after these guys are officially gone.
The program has garnered a black-eye, but it will recover. It has before and will again. The healing process begins Jan. 4 against Arkansas.
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