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  Ten years ago, their lives were about to crash. And it was all because of NCAA violations involving actions that soon will become permissible and even encouraged. So it's no surprise that Mike Adams, Daniel "Boom" Herron, DeVier Posey and Solomon Thomas have watched the NCAA change its stance on allowing college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness (NIL) with more than a passing interest. Those four, along with star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were the Ohio State football players involved in the tattoo-and-memorabilia scandal that led to Jim Tressel's forced exit as coach in May 2011. For selling memorabilia and/or receiving free tattoos, the players were suspended for five games by the NCAA, essentially ruining Ohio State's 2011 season and causing sanctions that kept the undefeated 2012 team from playing for the national title. Pryor never again played for the Buckeyes.

Whenever new NIL rules are established after what promises to be a contentious process, college athletes will be able to earn money doing what the OSU players did. It's not hard to see the irony. "Scandal is the new normal," Herron told The Dispatch with a chuckle. Adams said the players still refer to themselves as the "Tat 5." They believe the NIL change is long overdue. "I think it's awesome," Adams said. "I love it." Posey jokingly called himself and the other four as "pioneers" for NIL, not that it was their intention. But they did see themselves as exploited athletes who saw everyone else but them monetarily profit off their labor. - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#5 OT) Sr/2012 OT Mike AdamsOhio State
News Source: Columbus Dispatch



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