The Sugar Bowl was played five months ago but that doesn’t mean University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino has gotten over the fact that five suspended Ohio State players were allowed to face the Razorbacks. The Buckeyes beat Petrino’s team 31-26 with starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas in their lineup after seeing their penalties pushed to the start of the 2011 season.
“There’s no question that I don’t understand how they were eligible to play in the game,” Petrino said Tuesday. “I just don’t, and I never will. They (the NCAA) kind of changed the rules for that bowl game.”
As a competitor Petrino said he was fine with Arkansas facing the best Ohio State players in the game even though it certainly was detrimental to his team.
For once The Ohio State Buckeyes might actually be doing something right when head coach Jim Tressel has asked that his two game suspension be bumped up to five games, the same that was handed out to his five players right before the Sugar Bowl. On the same night that the NCAA announced that it upheld the five game suspension for the players for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits, Tressel requested to the university he do the same amount of time.
Ohio State had suspended him for the first two games and fined him $250,000 after he failed to inform the university of potential major violations and signed NCAA paperwork saying that he knew nothing about those violations.
“I spoke with Athletics Director Gene Smith, and our student-athletes involved, and told them that my mistakes need to share the same game sanctions,” Tressel said in a statement. “Like my players, I am very sorry for the mistakes I made. I request of the university that my sanctions now include five games so that the players and I can handle this adversity together.”
The first two games are projected as easy victories against University of Akron Zips and University of Toledo Rockets, but the Buckeyes then face University of Miami Hurricanes, and University of Colorado Buffaloes and Michigan State University Spartans at home. The five players suspended are quarterback Terrelle Pryor, tailback Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, left tackle Mike Adams and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended.