Everybody Loses

By Jason Priestas on December 24, 2010 at 3:03a
"Pryor’s legacy at Ohio State – which was hanging in the balance to begin with – will be tarnished forever." (Svoboda/BSB)

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Poe McKnoe's picture

No doubt.

For some reason, after all the "We should have beat Wisconsin talk", "What about my awards", "Fake Buckeye", throwing water bottlers and the like, I was starting to come to the decision that was really hard to make: I don't really like Terrelle Pryor.

Thankfully, all this made that decision a whole lot easier.

Irricoir's picture

I was discussing TP with some folks last week. The only rebuttal I heard on his behalf was he's only lost 4 games. Then I got The whole he's better than Smith because he is a leader off The field and never tarnished Ohio States image. Well now what do we have to say to defend him? I still appreciate the years of service he has given us but why can't he find The maturity and leadership qualities inside him? It would be ice if he had Todd Beokman's selflesness. I am judging his character like it or not. Ive spent my life under such scrutiny but not under the same magnification. Now we know why he was never selected as a Captain. If he does stay, Im not sure Id entrust him with that responsibility. Im curious about how that would poll? I know he isn't The sole offender here but he's the one previously casting stones on various subjects in recent history.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Buckeye Black's picture

I'll be his advocate. Pryor is the only one of the bunch that didn't abuse his status. He didn't sign autographs for tats, he didn't sell his jersey, he sold his own things. He is the most innocent in the group. If they truly didn't know they weren't allowed to s.ell their own things, how is he at fault. He sold one of his 3 rings, one of his 3 pants, and a joke reward from a game we all would like to forget the end.

Matt's picture

The OSU compliance office's motto is, "if you don't know, ask."  If these players were uncertain as to whether they could sell their gear, they should have talked with OSU compliance first.  The fact that they did not indicates that they knew what they were doing was wrong, wanted to hide their actions from OSU compliance, and would have succeeded but for a fluke criminal investigation into a seedy tatoo parlor owner.  And, at least in the case of TP, I don't buy the starving family story.  TP drives a brand new, all black, pimped out Dodge Charger.  That is not a cheap car.  He wears designer suits and clothes.  These are all luxuries, and if his family was truly struggling then he wouldn't indulge in these things and in the next breathe complain about his plight. 


Of course, TP sold these items nearly two years ago, so his situation may have changed in the interim.  But a solid number of players on any team struggle financially, and they didn't make the same decision as did TP.  TP and the others screwed up and got caught.  If they declare for the draft, their personal failings will brand their legacy forever.  And the promise of the Brew Crew recruiting class will go out not with a bang, but with a whimper.

Poe McKnoe's picture

so his situation may have changed in the interim.

Please rephrase that lol.  The problem with Terrelle Pryor (and the NCAA's timing) is that he doesn't have a whole lot of time to endear himself to Buckeyes.  People loved Troy Smith.  When he went in for Zwick, he was like a gift.  He wasn't perfect, but he was hope.  Then he went and accepted cash and got hung out to dry.  Luckily, he had almost 2 seasons to lead Buckeyenation to the title game.  Sure that title game sucked, but he redeemed himself and had time to redeem himself.  Terrelle's got maybe 8-9 games.  I'm being reasonable.  The only way Buckeye Nation accept Terrelle Pryor as a hero again is if he comes back and the Buckeyes win the National Championship.  It sucks, but it is what it is.  He's got no time for anything else.