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Terrelle Pryor on Ohio State: 'They don't really accept me'

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Terrelle Pryor is not bitter about his split from Ohio State, but says he has moved on. (USATSI)
Terrelle Pryor is not bitter about his split from Ohio State, but says he has moved on. (USATSI)

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor recorded his first win as a NFL starter Sunday, leading Oakland to a 19-9 victory over Jacksonville. The game wasn't pretty -- the Raiders scored a touchdown on their first possession, but failed to reach the end zone again -- but it was a win nonetheless.

After the game, a Columbus Dispatch reporter in Oakland asked Pryor about his relationship with Ohio State. The former Buckeyes quarterback was at the center of the tattoo scandal that resulted in NCAA violations and sanctions for the school. Part of those sanctions include a ruling from the NCAA that Ohio State must disassociate itself from Pryor for a period of five years.

"That's my school, but they don't really accept me," Pryor said. "I've moved on to what I have now, and that's just football."

According to the Dispatch, Pryor said that he watched some of the Buckeyes' Saturday night contest down the road at Cal. Those sanctions, however, limit Pryor's ability to support the team. But judging from Pryor's next comment, I'm not sure he is the first former Buckeye fans should expect on the sideline.

"Those guys kicked me out of school after all those things I did for them," Pryor said.

At that point, an Oakland Raiders team official stepped in to tell reporters that "we're not going to talk about Ohio State right now."

Pryor led Ohio State to three Big Ten titles, wins in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl -- earning MVP honors in both games -- and three wins over Michigan. Despite the disassociation and earlier comments, Pryor later clarified that he is "not at all" bitter about the way things unfolded, and he hopes the 2013 Buckeyes "win the championship."

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