Late last year Ohio State announced that quarterback Terrelle Pryor would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season. Pryor ultimately left Ohio State when it turned out that the scandal enveloping the football program was even more extensive than previously thought, and he was chosen by the Raiders in Monday’s supplemental draft. But the NFL announced before he was allowed into the league that he’d still be suspended five games.
That has some people asking: Why did Pete Carroll get to leave a scandal of his own behind when he resigned as the coach at USC, and become head coach of the Seahawks without any punishment?
One person asking that question is Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, who told 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., that whether you’re a player or a coach, you shouldn’t get a free pass to the NFL if you break NCAA rules on your way to the pros.
“I’d appreciate the NFL working with the colleges,” Beamer said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “If you’ve done something wrong in college you can’t take the next step and just walk away from it. I think the NFL is sending a message and hopefully it’ll hold up in court and we can be consistent throughout.”
Asked specifically about Carroll and whether he should have served a suspension before his NFL career could start, just as Pryor will, Beamer said that sounds good to him.
“I agree totally,” Beamer said. “I don’t think you can be somewhere, something happens and you just walk away and take the next step.”
It’s an interesting question: Why are coaches like Carroll simply allowed leave the NCAA for the NFL whenever they want, while players like Pryor have to apply for the privilege of playing in the NFL? Beamer thinks that’s an unfair double standard.