Pryor, 4 others at Ohio State give apologies

December 29, 2010

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four Ohio State teammates suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season apologized Tuesday for selling championship rings and memorabilia and taking discounts from a local tattoo parlor.

The NCAA will permit all five to play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas on Jan. 4.

Pryor, backup defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and starting tailback Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and offensive tackle Mike Adams said they regretted their actions, which go back as far as two years.

•A jovial Joe Paterno insisted he has no plans to stop coaching after this week's Outback Bowl. The 84-year-old Penn State coach said during a news conference he "honest to goodness" has not entertained thoughts of stepping down after 45 seasons leading the Nittany Lions.

Russell Wilson threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, leading North Carolina State past No. 22 West Virginia 23-7 in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Wilson also had 41 rushing yards.

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