The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Terrelle Pryor — who was already suspended from the first five games due to an NCAA violation — has decided to forego his senior season at Ohio State.
The story is based on an interview with Pryor’s attorney, who read a statement from the Ohio State quarterback. The attorney quoted the statement as saying: “In the best interest of my teammates, I have decided to forego my senior year of football at the Ohio State University.” It is not clear at this point whether the University has confirmed Pryor’s decision.
If Pryor does in fact leave the Ohio State program, it will simply be the latest domino to topple in the memorabilia sales/tattoo scandal that has brought down Coach Jim Tressel and given the University a tremendous black eye. Pryor would leave with a checkered career that began with his status as a much-heralded recruit, saw him lead Ohio State to victory over Michigan and to some other big wins, but also saw him unable to deliver the National Championship that some Ohio State fans thought might be won with Pryor under center. His on-field successes, of course, will be forever tarred by his role in the ongoing scandal.
How the wheel of fate has turned since Ohio State fans celebrated Pryor’s decision to commit to Ohio State!