OSU Makes it Official: Pryor Not Coming Back

By 11W Staff on July 26, 2011 at 5:57p

Nothing groundbreaking, but will certainly help the quarterback's efforts to enter the supplemental draft.

Ohio State made it official on Tuesday that former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor could not have played at any time during the 2011 season and also banned him from any contact with the school's athletic program for the next five years.

Ending speculation that Pryor had not met the NFL's requirements for a supplemental draft, Pryor's lawyer sought and received a letter from Ohio State stating that he would not have been eligible even after his five-game suspension to start the season.


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Matt's picture

I was hoping that OSU would throw TP a bone like this and help him get into the supplemental draft.  Looks like he will get his shot to prove his critics wrong.

Shock-G's picture

Doesn't this speak to the likelihood of additional violations? Or is it to placate a kid who likely/largely started this avalanche?

Why wouldn't he be eligible if no new violations were found?

I wanna go back to Ohio State ... 

Jason Priestas's picture

They found no new violations, but plenty in the NOA (beyond what was released in December 2010).

Shock-G's picture

I suppose you're right in some sense. Just seems strange to me that his eligibility would be ceased and told to stay away essentially if there wasn't more to it. Including what was in the NOA and other released documents.

I'd rather have seen nothing said and eliminate further speculation regarding these past 8 months.

I wanna go back to Ohio State ... 

Matt's picture

Apparently the ban is premised on TP's refusal to speak with OSU and NCAA investigators.  Which is pretty crafty of Gene Smith, and it works out for everyone involved -- TP gets to go to the NFL, and OSU can look like they are cracking down on wrongdoers even more in the eyes of the NCAA.

The_Lurker's picture

Pryor has signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus, how could he regain eligibility?

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

/cris carter'd

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Matt's picture

Banned from the program for 5 years.  After the most heated college recruitment in NCAA-F history, who would have thunk it that things would end like this, almost three and a half years later?  

Depressing Matt is depressing:  


Prescient Jason is prescient:

"He'll join his boys Shugarts and Adams on an already great class and come to play for a guy that will take care of him."

biggy84's picture

I hope TP does well. I will not forget the victories that he helped bring to the program.

741's picture

I guess TP coming back to take that last quarter's worth of classes to finish out his degree is out of the question?

The Six Fingered Buckeye's picture

Not exactly. The letter did say that he is encouraged to come back and finish his degree, but he has to stay away from the athletic department for 5 years.


Don't know how he manages to finish his degree and stay within the "letter" of the ban, since the likliehood of him having classes with players will be inevitable.

Please, be honest. This is for science.

741's picture

Thanks for the clarification. I just read the letter (Plain Dealer). It's good he is allowed, and encouraged, to finish his degree.


NeARBuckeye's picture

He's banned from contact with the athletic program. He never did anything improper academically, and last time I checked getting free tats doesn't get you expelled. What does get you expelled is erasing a classmate's name on a paper and passing it off as your own coughcamnewtoncough.

BuckeyeChief's picture

My first thought reading this was that it was done for two reasons.

A.) To help his supplemental draft choice

B.) To further distance him from this era/mess.

A win-win.

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