NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ohio State coach Jim Tressel says the players
facing five-game suspensions next season would not have traveled
with the team to the Sugar Bowl if they had not pledged to return
The five players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor,
have been punished by the NCAA for selling championship rings and
memorabilia and taking discounts from a tattoo parlor.
Tressel says he wanted to make sure that the players wouldn't
"skirt the consequences" by playing in the Sugar Bowl, then
declaring for the NFL draft and avoiding any punishment.
The sixth-ranked Buckeyes will face No. 8 Arkansas in New
Orleans on Tuesday.