Here's my appearance with Adam Aizer to discuss the Ohio State suspensions handed down today.
NOTE: That's a cross-section of a wheat germ on the left edge of the screen. I'm not weird enough to have anatomical diagrams in my office. Let's not focus on that.
One aspect we didn't get to during the segment that I'd have liked to address further is these players' pro prospects. Everyone assumes this means Terrelle Pryor is now going to declare for the NFL draft, but there are two 2010 First Team All-Big Ten players facing this five-game suspension, and Pryor isn't one of them; that'd be RB Boom Herron and tackle Mike Adams. For those two players, it'd be hard to imagine what there is left to accomplish on the college stage regardless of how many games they're allowed to play in 2011. A five-game suspension awaiting them may just be another argument for a decision they were going to make anyway. Same might even go for DeVier Posey , though his numbers weren't terrific this season.
So if that's the case and some of these guys declare for the draft, then they're not really suspended for the first five games anymore -- especially if they had NFL dreams to act on anyway. It doesn't necessarily change the personnel for the first five games, but at the very least their replacements can spend the entire offseason preparing with the first team rather than splitting reps with the suspended players. That's primarily why I expressed some uncertainty as to how many players would be suspended for the Michigan State game; if they're off in the NFL instead, then they're not missing. That's all.