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Ohio State pays the price

107209736_display_image ---Ohio State will be whole for the Sugar Bowl, but its prospects for the 2011 season now are in question after the NCAA suspended Terrelle Pryor and five other players. Pryor, pictured left, sold his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and 2008 gold pants. He has to repay $2,500. Pat Forde writes how the NCAA's decision defies common sense, while the prospect of a suspension lasting through as many as the first five games of the 2011 regular season certainly changed the discussion about the NFL futures of the Ohio State juniors.

---USC's hearing before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee will take place Jan. 22 in Indianapolis . The Trojans are appealing sanctions handed down last summer that included a two-year bowl ban and the reduction of 30 scholarships over three years.

---No matter how many carries Oregon's LaMichael James got, no matter how many thunderous tackles he absorbed, he always got back off the turf and was ready for more.

---ESPN’s documentary “The Best That Never Was,” about Marcus Dupree’s abbreviated career did more than revive the legend of Marcus Dupree. It restored his connection to Oklahoma.

---Central Michigan's Dan Enos has a unique approach to recruiting.

---No MAC title game for Toledo, but the Rockets reached Ford Field anyway.

---Brady Hoke's coaching profile is on the rise.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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