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Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 7:26 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Any lingering uncertainty there may have been to Terrelle Pryor's status with Ohio State -- and there was some, as far as the NFL was concerned -- has been put to rest, as Ohio State has dropped the hammer on its former quarterback.

Here's the latest news on Pryor from the Ohio State RapidReports feed:

The QB's attorney, Larry James, received a letter from AD Gene Smith on Tuesday stating Pryor would have been ineligible for the 2011 season and that he’s barred from having any contact with the program for five years.

This is good news for Pryor (seriously!). As of yesterday, Pryor still technically had eligibility remaining with Ohio State, and his situation didn't fit the NFL's definition of the "extenuating circumstances" that would allow a player to be taken in the supplemental draft. That, clearly, has changed now.

Of course, the down side is the punishment itself; Pryor is now a pariah of sorts, and being disallowed from contact with his old program for five years pretty much stinks for him. At the same time, there's still a lingering, often nasty resentment among Buckeye fans of Pryor for his role in Jim Tressel's departure, so Pryor might feel more welcome somewhere else for the next few years anyway.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:41 pm

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

How convenient!

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:39 pm

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

Pryor and associates would like to thank the Ohio State University for helping him in his time of need.  He has helped their coach lose his job, top recruits jump ship to their archrival, and whatever else the NCAA can still do to them.  However we will make you ineligible so that you can go on with your life and make money playing football.  He might be taking a pay cut from what he was getting from the benefits he had at OSU but now he can play in the NFL.

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:08 pm

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

He's also following the not-so-safe assumption that he would be drafted in said supplemental draft.  My guess is that this guy ends up in the UFL or somewhere in Canada.  Teams in the NFL will either fill their QB need in the next couple days (via trade or FA) or wait until 2012 draft with a very good crop of QB's in the wings. 

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