Tag:Larry James
Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 7:26 pm

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

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.


Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:38 pm

Pryor doesn't want to be a Roughrider

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Yesterday we posted about a report that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor could wind up playing in the UFL next season, along with the possibility of playing in the CFL rather than the NFL, where teams aren't sure he's ready for the league. Well, shortly after posting that story here, news broke that the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders had won negotiating rights to Pryor and had expressed their interest to the former Buckeye.

An interest which was not returned in kind. When he wasn't going nuts on the radio on Thursday morning, Pryor's lawyer Larry James was taking the time to let everyone know his client wasn't interested in heading north of the border right now.
"He doesn't need a reason (to talk to them). He's no longer a student-athlete," said James, who added that Pryor doesn't feel he owes the NCAA any answers. "They're not going to give him or any other student-athlete any due process rights to speak of, so he's moved on."

Asked if Pryor gave him a reason for his lack of interest in the Roughriders, James said, "He did not go into discussion. He just said he's not interested in the Canadian Football League. Obviously the offer was not sufficient to whet his taste buds."
I can see why James would be Pryor's lawyer. Instead of just saying that Pryor appreciated the offer and wasn't interested, he had to imply that the Canadian Football League wasn't good enough for him with that "not sufficient to whet his taste buds" comment. I wonder if he'll still have the same attitude should he find out that Pryor isn't sufficient enought to whet the NFL's taste buds.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 6:26 pm

BREAKING: Pryor done at Ohio State

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

For the past few weeks, the rumor has been that the NCAA investigation into the Ohio State improper benefits scandal would eventually claim the last season of eligibility of Buckeye star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Thought still not official, those rumors seem dramatically more substantial this afternoon as Pryor's lawyer, Columbus attorney Larry James, has announced his client has elected to end his Ohio State career. As first reported by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Doug Lesmerises:

James read the following statement to the Plain-Dealeron behalf of Pryor:
"In the best interest of my team, I have decided to forego my senior year of football at the Ohio State University" ...
James also spoke about the "emotion" of the decision:
"We've talked about the emotional roller coaster that he is going through," James told the Plain Dealer, "and even if he was cleared 100 percent it was going to be difficult."
The "if" in James's statement and his assertion that Pryor will not "necessarily" face further sanctions will, unfortunately, only fuel the fire that Pryor has come to the decision in the face of potential eligibility issues.

As for what's next for Pryor, James said he "thinks" his client will apply for the NFL's supplemental draft (though the lockout may cancel the event altogether), but left the door open for an unlikely year spent on campus as a student only.

Via the Ohio State blog Eleven Warriors, acting head coach Luke Fickell released the following statement which would seem to support the supplemental draft plan:

OU athletic director Gene Smith added that the department "wish[es Pryor] well in the next phase of his life." No other comment is expected tonight.

Eye on CFB
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