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Terrelle Pryor leaves Ohio State

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Last week, there was plenty of discussion regarding the hypothetical possibility that quarterback Terrelle Pryor will leave Ohio State, given the forced resignation of coach Jim Tressel.

The “hypothetical” can now be removed.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Pryor is indeed leaving Ohio State.  The next question becomes where he’ll go next.

In theory, he could transfer to an FCS-level school and play right away, dominating Randy Moss-style before heading to the NFL.  But if the NCAA will continue to cram a microscope into an area of Pryor’s body where microscopes don’t naturally go, Pryor may decide to play pro football.

With the lockout still in place, the question becomes whether he’ll try to enter the supplemental draft, and whether there can even be a supplemental draft.  The NFL believes that the expired labor deal permits a supplemental draft, we don’t, and the NFLPA* has yet to take a position on the subject.

With the NFL arguably no longer shielded from antitrust liability, Pryor also could pull a Maurice Clarett and file a lawsuit challenging the draft.

This one can go a lot of different ways.  Regardless of how it turns out, it puts the NFL in a potentially awkward position.

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52 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor leaves Ohio State”
  1. nyctexan says: Jun 7, 2011 5:58 PM

    Wow. What a disaster.

  2. jm11890 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:04 PM

    this guy has no future. he will be selling cars for the rest of his life.

  3. jaggedmark says: Jun 7, 2011 6:08 PM

    Be prepared, Pryor.

    The NFL isn’t so easy.

    You have to pay for your own cars.

  4. tommyf15 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:16 PM

    In theory, he could transfer to an FCS-level school and play right away, dominating Randy Moss-style before heading to the NFL.

    Even a D-1A school would hesitate to sign Pryor. If he’s ruled ineligible the NCAA will retroactively forfeit all of the games he played in.

  5. icewalker946 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:24 PM

    jm11890 says:
    Jun 7, 2011 6:04 PM
    this guy has no future. he will be selling cars for the rest of his life.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    If he can throw the deep out or can read a defense like Cam Newton he has a future indeed.

    Wait….ummm….

  6. footballfanatic3431 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:26 PM

    Lack of good character or a good work ethic. He’ll be out of the NFL for good in 5 years.

  7. duanethomas says: Jun 7, 2011 6:26 PM

    His feeling were hurt so he left?

    Moot point probably, the NCAA was going to suspend him for the year.

    Why did the BCS let him and the others play in the Sugar Bowl?

    The NFL doesnt cuddle people, he will have to earn his way.

    Go to Canada.

  8. ccad05 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:27 PM

    What was his major?

  9. markeyh says: Jun 7, 2011 6:29 PM

    Well if he gets a contract he would be able to afford to pay for his car.

  10. schmitty2 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:32 PM

    Cam Newton Part II

  11. Wisconsin77 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:33 PM

    The big question, will Pryor beat Clarrett’s time to jail from leaving college. There should be a prop on that in Vegas.

  12. downsouth49er says: Jun 7, 2011 6:38 PM

    I knew he was an arrogant piece of crap from the very moment he wanted to be the last to decide on a school so all the attention could be on him. Well he has all the attention on him, but I bet he isn’t enjoying it.

  13. mtnoll says: Jun 7, 2011 6:40 PM

    I wonder if in the future we will see high school players bypassing college and playing in semi-pro or Arena/UFL type leagues until they are NFL draft eligible? As the NCAA continues to prove itself to be completely out of touch, it only makes sense for players to consider that option. There’s already precedent in basketball. Players have found they can make money, get equal or better coaching, and prepare themselves for the next level without having to deal with things like NCAA rules and going to class.

  14. Wisconsin77 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:52 PM

    I loved when he cried that College football players barely get enough money to live on, yet he has over $5000 of tattoos up and down his arms.

  15. ispysomething7 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:53 PM

    He’ll be at Youngstown State with Tressell next year!

  16. stixzidinia says: Jun 7, 2011 6:54 PM

    Pryor sucks anyway.

  17. semperfi24 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:57 PM

    Let me check my facts:

    Character issues, check

    Throws the ball well, check (needs some work, but has the tools)

    Runs fast, check

    Poor work ethic, check

    To summarize, welcome to Oakland JaWalrus 2.0

  18. My Last Victim Escaped says: Jun 7, 2011 7:01 PM

    Terrelle Pryor before you make more mistakes… go have a talk with Adrian McPherson. He’ll let you know about making the wrong choices.

  19. upperdecker19 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:13 PM

    Great move Terrelle. I think you’re on your way to a long and prosperous professional football career.

    Regards,
    JaMarcus Russell

  20. jiggamanooooo says: Jun 7, 2011 7:29 PM

    I completely agree with mtnoll, why should these schools be allowed to make millions off of these college players while simultaneously enforcing silly rules that can ruin their futures? It’s ridiculous.

  21. phillyhouse222 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:37 PM

    Please stop with the “Cam Newton 2″ nonsense.
    Pryor is a much worse pro prospect than Cam. Pryor is not even half as good as Troy Smith. I wouldn’t draft a Buckeye. They are the Duke of football when it comes to producing busts.

  22. yeti47 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:39 PM

    I wouldnt mind seeing him in OMAHA NIGHTHAWK BLACK of the UFL!

  23. tommyf15 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:44 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Cam Newton Part II

    EXACTLY! Terrelle is about to carry his team to the National Championship, win the Heisman, and go #1 overall in the NFL Draft.

    Sarcasm off.

    Pryor was a very good college QB. Like so many of the good collegiate QBs, he doesn’t have the skill set to play QB in the NFL. So for everyposter that says “go play in Canada”, that’s likely where he was headed anyway. And if he does he’ll likely be a superstar there.

  24. savvybynature says: Jun 7, 2011 7:45 PM

    But Tressel had his “word” that he wouldn’t leave school early, remember?

    Gee, I guess we know what his word and Tressel’s are worth now.

    And oh the NCAA let him play in the Sugar Bowl instead of punishing him. Was that b/c it was the right thing to do, or so they could make money from the TV ratings?

    I think all 3 — Tressel, Pryor, and especially the NCAA — are making themselves look like big turds.

    At least Pryor lived up to the school mascot — they are both useless nuts, haha.

  25. southsidebears says: Jun 7, 2011 7:48 PM

    I would love to see Pryor play WR. Maybe he should go to an FCS-level school and play WR for a year. I think his value would go through the roof. He is 6’6 and a ridiculously good athlete; I just don’t think he will be much of an NFl QB.

  26. 1buckeye76 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:50 PM

    @jiggamanooooo – ridiculous as it may be, they know the consequences for getting caught…

    bye terrelle. you weren’t even close to being worth the trouble.

  27. tommyf15 says: Jun 7, 2011 8:01 PM

    savvybynature says:
    But Tressel had his “word” that he wouldn’t leave school early, remember?

    Gee, I guess we know what his word and Tressel’s are worth now.

    Stop being ridiculous. Pryor had no chance of being allowed to play for Ohio State this year.

  28. goombar2 says: Jun 7, 2011 8:08 PM

    I remember when this guy was in HS and was the 5 star recruit. He had everything you look for in an elite QB at the age of what 18?

    But to tell you the truth, I never saw the growth out of this guy that you’d expect. He still has all those tools though. Problem is, it’s attached to that head.

    I kinda wonder if he wouldn’t be a guy the Pack wouldn’t waste a 3rd or 4th in a supplemental on him (if they have it). He wouldn’t cost much, Flynn is leaving after the season and Harrell… I dunno, kind of a weak arm.

    Guy like Rodgers might show a kid like this what it’s like to be a pro. McCarthy did wonder with Aaron Brooks. Then in a couple years we could trade Pryor for a high pick if we can turn him around.

    Eh, just a thought.

  29. imneverwrong says: Jun 7, 2011 8:23 PM

    He could go to an NAIA school and probably play right away. Someone will eventually take him in the NFL

    Are you telling me that you think Cam Newton is that much superior to Pryor? I don’t think so from what I saw out of them. If Cam can go #1 surely someone takes Pryor.

  30. notoriousjebus says: Jun 7, 2011 9:20 PM

    I don’t really follow college football, so I am not really sure what this guy did. Did he just trade memorabilia, or was he getting paid to play?

  31. tommyf15 says: Jun 7, 2011 9:22 PM

    imneverwrong says:
    Are you telling me that you think Cam Newton is that much superior to Pryor? I don’t think so from what I saw out of them. If Cam can go #1 surely someone takes Pryor.

    Had Pryor declared for the 2011 NFL Draft he would have projected as a 4th – 6th rounder. He may have gone in the 3rd to a team that figured if he fails at QB they can always try him at WR or TE.

  32. tommyf15 says: Jun 7, 2011 9:24 PM

    notoriousjebus says:
    I don’t really follow college football, so I am not really sure what this guy did. Did he just trade memorabilia, or was he getting paid to play?

    He definitely sole memorabilia, and was under investigation for receiving improper benefits. Footage recently surfaced of Pryor driving an expensive sports car.

  33. 1bigtex says: Jun 7, 2011 9:33 PM

    As if he had a choice!

  34. jjpack says: Jun 7, 2011 9:44 PM

    I just have to wonder what this guys future would have been if he went to play for JoePa at Penn State – My guess, quite different outcome to his 15 minutes of fame. Another sad story of potential talent wasted and never realized.

  35. We'reFineThere says: Jun 7, 2011 9:54 PM

    Should have stayed home. I gotta believe things would have been different under JoePa.

  36. rajbais says: Jun 7, 2011 9:58 PM

    My advice:
    (1) Get a trainer that will keep you in great physical condition.
    (2) Find a quality QB guru.
    (3) Admit everything you did with any team that wants to talk to you.
    (4) Be with people (including the trainer and QB guru) that will help you mature dramatically!!!

  37. rajbais says: Jun 7, 2011 10:08 PM

    Usually Supplemental Draft prospects have 1st Round value in an April draft. Teams aren’t coughing up high round draft picks these days because of other teams’ past futility with it.

    After checking with three different scouts, Pryor entering the Supplemental Draft would be a bad idea. Here are the critics’ takes:

    Rob Rang: 2nd or 3rd Rd pick without underclassmen.
    Wes Bunting: late round developmental pick that isn’t great at processing information quickly.
    Dave Razzano: Pryor needs to mature and wouldn’t be touched by Razzano with a 10-foot pole.

  38. psuravens19 says: Jun 7, 2011 10:09 PM

    Now I see why he didn’t go to Penn State. Thank God!

  39. zpfeifer7mn says: Jun 7, 2011 10:36 PM

    Hope he goes to another school and takes his game to another level

  40. jjpack says: Jun 7, 2011 10:38 PM

    My advice:
    (1) Get a trainer that will keep you in great physical condition.
    (2) Find a quality QB guru.
    (3) Admit everything you did with any team that wants to talk to you.
    (4) Be with people (including the trainer and QB guru) that will help you mature dramatically!!!

    —————————————————–

    In other words, grow up, be an adult, and accountable for being a F— up!

  41. rajbais says: Jun 7, 2011 10:52 PM

    Also, Dave Razzano says Pryor is not meant to be a signal caller in the pros.

    On his Twitter page he said
    “@mfacch17 Pryor not NFL QB. Lx accuracy, consistency, mental make-up.”

  42. MVQB7 says: Jun 7, 2011 10:53 PM

    He will be in Maurice Clarett Suite of the Franklin County someday where can get all the free jail tats his little heart desires. I would not be surprised if he ends up with more tats then career nfl td passes.

  43. garkeith says: Jun 8, 2011 12:02 AM

    You have to wonder how different life would have been for this kid if RichRod had stayed at WVU and he had come there like he originally planned. In a smaller market I think it might have been different for this kid. It is a waste.

  44. southyank7 says: Jun 8, 2011 12:04 AM

    1st stop on TP tour…. arena league…

  45. descendency says: Jun 8, 2011 1:23 AM

    I guess you are reporting on this because this is PFT and he was clearly a pro at tOSU.

    (Yes, I get that he is headed for the NFL… but please take a moment to laugh at my joking tOSU for “paying players”)

  46. upperdecker19 says: Jun 8, 2011 2:46 AM

    (2) Find a quality QB guru.

    Paging Warren Moon? If you don’t draft Terrelle……you’re a racist!

  47. SmurfJuice says: Jun 8, 2011 3:50 AM

    garkeith says: Jun 8, 2011 12:02 AM

    You have to wonder how different life would have been for this kid if RichRod had stayed at WVU and he had come there like he originally planned. In a smaller market I think it might have been different for this kid. It is a waste.
    *******************************************

    You’re joking, right? If RichRod stayed at WVU, and Pryor had gone there, he’d be the latest in an increasing line of Mountaineer immature players. Adam Jones. Chris Henry. Terrelle Pryor.

  48. shrike58 says: Jun 8, 2011 7:01 AM

    Son, hope you have plans for life after football because that portion of your life just started.

  49. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jun 8, 2011 8:45 AM

    1buckeye76 says:
    Jun 7, 2011 7:50 PM
    @jiggamanooooo – ridiculous as it may be, they know the consequences for getting caught…

    bye terrelle. you weren’t even close to being worth the trouble.
    ——————————–
    Perfectly put.

  50. eaglescouch says: Jun 8, 2011 9:04 AM

    Say hello to the Redskins next quarterbacking debacle.

  51. hatesycophants says: Jun 8, 2011 12:10 PM

    You self-righteous pukes are hilarious! Even if all the accusations made against him are true, how on earth does this behavior compare in anyway to Maurice Clarett? It doesn’t. Pryor is already more successful than all of you and he will be wealthy beyond your dreams in a few months or a year. Is that what really bothers you?

    I am a Wisconsin Badgers fan, so anything bad that happens at any other Big Ten school is fine by me. However, if you can’t see the hypcrisy here, you’re too dumb to watch football.

    To the poster who wrote “… he sole memorobilia…” you are an ignorant wretch, who gives all sports fans a bad name.

  52. hobartbaker says: Jun 8, 2011 10:18 PM

    I would take Pryor before Newton, any day. Terrelle had about the same passing stats last season, and it was his third year as a D1 starter. He was bigger than Newton coming out of high school, (before Newt went heavy on the PEDs), faster, and had a much higher GPA, which would probably indicate he is smarter. Plus he never did anything on the lowlife scum level of stealing another kid’s computer with all his course work on it. A dorm mate, no less, who wasn’t there on a full ride scholarship.

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