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OSU Players Make Pledge for Next Season

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

in 2011.

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.

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