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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.

 

Comments

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

Ohio State woke up when it was learned that the only way Pryor could get into the NFL supplemental draft was to be ineligible for the 2011 season. I thought hat once an athlete signed with a pro sport agent that made him not eligible to play college sports ever again in the sport in which he has an agent.

Was he the only one of the  group that was caught cheating deemed not eligible to play in the 2011 season? What happened to the other guys they are still eligible as long as they don’t get an agent and honor their 5 game suspension?

Since some of his former teammates of the Ohio States program, does this mean he cannot speak to them for the next five years or just as long as they remain members of the program.

We all know that he might speak to his former coach as he is no longer a part of the program.

The letter Ohio State prepared and issued in a sham and reflects negatively on the sports program. Why are they writing a letter to or for a person that no longer has ties to the program, that was in evidence when he signed a contract with a sports agent. He did not  need a letter from Ohio State to prove that fact. This is covered by NCAA rules after a player sign with a sports agent.

 
“ONE MAN’S OPINION”  





Since: Dec 31, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

OSU had no choice to rule Pryor ineligible after he refused to meet with with OSU compliance and NCAA compliance departments.  After Tressel was forced to resign Pryor couldn't handle the backlash and wanted out...It appears TP had a very smart attorney. 



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

And really, what did Terrel Pryor do.  He is a 21 year old kid for Christ sakes.
He made the university 64 million dollars last year and got paid with a second rate education and a meal plan?


At 21 years old, he is a man, not a kid.  I see 18 year olds go to prison as a result of their actions regularly.  They are called consequences.  And no, he did not make the university 64 million dollars last year.  He cheated other young men and their universities out of a chance to earn a portion of that money for their universities.  He also got the expert training of professional coaches, the guidance of professional trainers, the help of tutors, a place to live, etc.  These are not forced labor situations.  These are privileged internships.  He put himself ahead of the rules, his teammates, and the fans of that program.  So cry me a river.  I'm not feeling sorry for this guy who will make way more money than most in life.



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:51 am
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

bob the fan and chris1816, 

A quick search confirms that Pryor's attorney did request the letter BUT, what you fail to understand (or "get it" as you say,) is why did tOSU feel compelled to honor it?  So the question before the house is, Why does Ohio State owe Mr. Pryor anything?  

Whatever Pryor did or didn't do between the selling of stuff, cars, tats or whatever, he did it on his own, and I believe, with full knowledge of right and wrong. No one can defend Ohio State for this action by painting Pryor as an innocent victim, deserving of sympathy.




The way OSU handled the departure of Tressell and now granting the ineligibility of Pryor, they just rewarded two of the people that put them in this deep mess. Makes you wonder who is making these decisions. If it is the beloved Pres and AD, they just failed greatly. 



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:51 am
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

bob the fan and chris1816,

A quick search confirms that Pryor's attorney did request the letter BUT, what you fail to understand (or "get it" as you say,) is why did tOSU feel compelled to honor it?  So the question before the house is, Why does Ohio State owe Mr. Pryor anything?  

Whatever Pryor did or didn't do between the selling of stuff, cars, tats or whatever, he did it on his own, and I believe, with full knowledge of right and wrong. No one can defend Ohio State for this action by painting Pryor as an innocent victim, deserving of sympathy.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:12 am
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

PhillyFan (and others, who don't "get it"): This 5-year deal is NOT a "punishment" of Pryor...quite the OPPOSITE, in fact.  He ASKED tOSU to ban him so that he would be eligible for the supplemental draft.  Further example of tOSU covering for, and taking care of their own (Pryor, in this case).  The other players involved have not been banned, because they have not ASKED to be banned, as Pryor did.  I think they are all still at tOSU.



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

Seems like there is alot of anger about Pryor being banned from OSU.  Remember this, OSU and Director of Athletics Gene Smith DID NOT write the letter to ban Pryor of his own free will.  The letter in question was REQUESTED by Pryor and his legal counsel so that Pryor would be eligible to participate in the NFL supplemental draft.  Without the letter Pryor could not enter the draft.  As for the rest of the players they decided to man-up and take their punishment.  Five years is the NCAA required time to be banned from a program when a letter like this is REQUESTED.  High price to pay but it is the path Pryor chose to take.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

And really, what did Terrel Pryor do.  He is a 21 year old kid for Christ sakes.
He made the university 64 million dollars last year and got paid with a second rate education and a meal plan?

I am a lifelong Buckeye fan.  This whole episode will go down as a giant slave operation.
Pitting the hopes and dreams of high school student athletes, against the money that the University receives.

Does anyone care that Tyrell Pryor is the winningest Quarterback in Ohio State history.

Does it matter that his likeness is being used by EA sports in the 2011 NCAA video game without compensation.

Do all you knuckleheads see the work and dedication of the student athletes, and what do they receive?

Manhattan was sold for 24 dollars in trinkets to the native americans. 

Quarterbacks and players get 4 years, a jersey some rings and a swift kick out the door.

FIRE GENE SMITH

Falconbuck,

You have to seriously be kidding me!?!?!  NO ONE forces these kids to accept a scholarship to play football!!  When you do -- you have RULES you have to follow.  It is beat into your head as soon as you step foot onto campus at the freshman symposium by the compliance department.  It is not like these are obscure rules they broke -- AJ Green had JUST been suspended for doing the EXACT same thing.

Also -- 2nd rate education and a meal plan??  I truly question the intelligence of the OSU fan base.  Not only are they getting a scholarship from a major university -- they get all their meals paid for as well as lodging.  This doesn't include -- jerseys, pants, helmets, shoulder pads, cleats, tshirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants, warmup outifts, etc etc etc.  Let's not forget state of the art facilities - indoor and outdoor to practice on, state of the art workout rooms, the best coaches money can buy, trainers, dieticians, strength coaches, etc etc etc.  Now take that and multiply by 25 scholarships a year.  Let's not forget the 6 or 7 away games a year where the school foots the bills for 100+ people for each -- that is food, lodging, etc.

You make it out like these schools are non-profit organizations -- they are a business.  They give these players the best of the best athletic wise and the chance for a free education if football doesn't work out.  Can OSU ask them for a salary kickback from the degree they received at OSU each year after they graduate???  Explain why athletes deserve a dime if a college makes money from athletics?  Also -- what happens with the schools who LOSE MONEY -- should the players who are on scholarship have to pony up money to cover what the athletic department lost????

 



Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

Pryor has been used by OSU to drive their football program and now when OSU gets the pressure from outside Columbus and they dump the kid as fast as they can - the ex coach isn't banned from the campus he is worshiped. He's the liar, he's the cheater - Pryor is a 21 year old kid - come on man



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Pryor ineligible, gets 5-year campus ban from OSU

What about the other players involved?  Did they not do the exact same thing as Pryor?  Are they banned as well?  Just curious.


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