So according to Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, the five players suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season will return next fall as seniors.
Otherwise, they wouldn't have been allowed to travel to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl, in which they're allowed to play. If the players didn't pledge to return, they'd be getting around their punishment, The Vest said.
Do you believe Tressel? Better yet: Do you believe what the players are telling Tressel about their future plans?
Receiver DeVier Posey was the only member of the suspended group to say he'll return to Ohio State in 2011 during Tuesday's public apology in Columbus. Running back Dan Herron hinted at it, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor, tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas didn't address their future.
Tressel also said the players' status for the Sugar Bowl will be based solely on "football issues." It sounds like they won't face much of a playing-time penalty, but we'll see.
Tressel also dismissed the report he would be stepping down as Ohio State coach after the bowl game.
"This world is ever-evolving with wastes of time," he said.
Couldn't agree more.
As for the players, I don't buy the statement that all will be back in 2011. Things change after bowl games and after NFL draft evaluations come in.
While I see where Tressel is going with his decision, I don't think you can base it on what the players are saying now.