Tressel: Suspended Buckeyes To Return In 2011

The Ohio State Buckeyes have arrived in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl but few people wanted to talk about the game.  The main topic of conversation is 'tattoo-gate', involving five Buckeyes players including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  The five players have already been suspended for the first five games of 2011 but many feel the NCAA did the Buckeyes a favor by allowing Pryor and others to play in the Sugar Bowl.  Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel addressed those concerns today:

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"We told them they would have to make the decision on the NFL prior to leaving for the bowl game," Tressel said at his first Sugar Bowl news conference. "It wouldn't be fair to not face the consequences down the road."

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The implication is that all five stated their intention to return to Ohio State for their senior seasons instead of playing Tuesday night and heading for the NFL.  In all honesty that could still happen anyway.  Nothing can keep Pryor, or any of the players - tailback Dan Herron, offensive tackle Mike Adams, receiver DeVier Posey and defensive end Solomon Thomas - from heading to the NFL this spring anyway.

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