I had this thought today that Terrelle Pryor could be the football version of Greg Simpson. Both entered OSU under huge amounts of hype. Both have sullied Ohio State's image either directly or underhandedly as bad influences over teammates. Neither realized their full potential in taking their programs to the next level.
The biggest difference (other than the sports in which they've played) is the strength in leadership at the head coaching position. Randy Ayers couldn't handle Greg Simpson. Simpson was a menace to the basketball program. Players were often suspended and in trouble one way or the other during Simpson's time. It was so bad that Ayers' replacement, Jim O'Brien, had to clean house upon his arrival in Columbus. Had Gary Williams stuck around or Jim O'Brien (even with his own scandals) been at the helm, Simpson would have been kept under thumb or would have never attended OSU.
Pryor is at the center of tatgate and caused more suspicion with "borrowed" cars. He seems unable to say the right things to the press. I'm beginning to wonder if the discipline among the team and focus would be better if he weren't around. Of course, Tressel being the leader that he is has been able to keep TP in check. Instead of completely dismantling the program, Pryor has been an annoyance at times, but he has produced enough to maintain OSU's stature.
Any thoughts? Is there a better comparison to Pryor's legacy? Luckily, there have been very few bad seeds in OSU's history to which to compare Terrelle Pryor.