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Terrelle Pryor’s career at Ohio State over

Ohio State University quarterback and MVP Terrelle Pryor celebrates after his team defeated the University of Arkansas during the NCAA BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl football game in New Orleans

In news that’s hardly unexpected, but mildly surprising nonetheless, Terrelle Pryor‘s playing career at Ohio State has come to an end.

In a tweet from the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Doug Lesmerises, the Buckeyes quarterback has decided to end his football career at the school. Lesmerises cited Pryor’s attorney Larry James as his source for the information.

Pryor and athletic director (for now) Gene Smith later confirmed the decision via statements.

“In the best interest of my teammates, I have decided to forego my senior year of football at the Ohio State University,” Pryor said.

“We understand Terrelle’s decision and wish him well in this next phase of his life,” Smith said. “We hope he returns to The Ohio State University one day to finish his degree.”

Pryor has come under fire of late for potential NCAA violations and is the subject of an NCAA investigation into multiple vehicles he has driven throughout his three years in Columbus.  He had already been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season following a separate investigation into impermissible benefits he had received from a Columbus tattoo parlor.

It’s unclear what his future holds, although seeking entry into the NFL’s July supplemental draft would seem to be one significant possibility.  At this point in time, however, Pryor’s undecided on the draft part of the equation.

He’ll take the next couple days to collect this thoughts,” James told the Plain Dealer. “Right now, when you reach closure, it’s very emotional.”

Interestingly, OSU interim head coach Luke Fickell’s statement on Pryor’s departure indicated that his now-former QB had already decided on a career in professional football.

“I was notified this evening that Terrelle has decided to pursue a professional career,” Fickell said. “I wish him the best in his pursuits.”

Pryor, who came to the school as the No. 1 recruit in the country in the Class of 2008, ends his stormy OSU career with a 31-4 mark as a starter, with a perfect 3-0 record against archrival Michigan, three Big Ten titles and two BcS bowl wins being his on-field legacy.  He ended up finishing five wins short Art Schlichter‘s school record for most career win’s by a QB at the school.

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  1. thomas2727 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:01 PM

    See you in the UFL.

    If the more talented Vince Young washed out in the NFL I don’t see you making it as a starter.

    Hell you are not even Pat White.

    I should have known this guy would be trouble when at his press conference he said he was going to “The University of Ohio State”

    He probably still does not know the name.

  2. rowbear says: Jun 7, 2011 6:02 PM

    Thank God. Tressel resigned/was fired and now Pryor is leaving. These are two big things that needed to happen in order for Ohio State to move forward. Would anyone be surprised at this point if Pryor went the route of Clarett at this point?

  3. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jun 7, 2011 6:04 PM

    @Thomas

    Pryor was making play on the University of Michigan, but hey, he got it right when he quit:

    “In the best interest of my teammates, I have made the decision to forego my senior year of football at The Ohio State University.”

  4. jaggedmark says: Jun 7, 2011 6:06 PM

    This is just awful news.

    bahahahahahahaahahahahahah!

  5. stairwayto7 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:06 PM

    Penn State thanks Terrelle for ruining Ohio State Suckeyes! Job well done!

  6. jaggedmark says: Jun 7, 2011 6:07 PM

    Does Pryor’s early exit mean he has to return some of his cars?

  7. goblueburnthevest says: Jun 7, 2011 6:07 PM

    LOL the hits just keep coming!! It’s a great day to be a Wolverine Fan! Thank god RR didn’t get this punk kid!

  8. katanaguy says: Jun 7, 2011 6:07 PM

    Oh well. Yawn.

  9. 78lion says: Jun 7, 2011 6:12 PM

    Time for a job in the glass factory with Sugar Daddy.

  10. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jun 7, 2011 6:20 PM

    @goblowthevest

    I can undertand your excitment. Tressel had you eight in a row and 9-1 overall. TP was on his way to being the first QB to win four consecutive games.

    RR did so well with Carr’s guys, lets see what Hoke can do with his…..

  11. goblueburnthevest says: Jun 7, 2011 6:27 PM

    @angelsucksbuckeyes

    How games would you of won if Tressel didn’t cheat! Troy Smith, Clarrett, do I need to go on? I will give you the RR era but no way you guys would of won the games against Carr if Tressel didn’t cheat. Tressel doting the I in Liar! U$C and O$U seems very much alike LOL

  12. bonerchamp says: Jun 7, 2011 6:33 PM

    Is it possible that Pryor has a fan left on this planet?

  13. canetic says: Jun 7, 2011 6:40 PM

    Who will come to his rescue first — Warren Moon or Tony Dungy?

  14. Deb says: Jun 7, 2011 6:40 PM

    @goburnthevest …

    What? I must have missed the part where OSU cheated on the field. I’ve always hated Ohio State as a football powerhouse, but they earned their reputation as much as Michigan did. The people celebrating couldn’t beat them on the field and think a tattoo scandal makes their teams’ pitiful performances look better in retrospect.

    Doesn’t work that way.

  15. Justin says: Jun 7, 2011 6:43 PM

    Not necessarily a supplemental pick. Depending on how the lockout and antitrust lawsuit shakes out he could jump right into free agency. Seems like a long shot but is a real possibility. (http://minnesporta.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/pryors-exit-is-gophers-gain/)

  16. mrklutch says: Jun 7, 2011 6:49 PM

    Hope he gets a job making minimum wage and realizing how he screwed up in life. I mean, we all know he didn’t attend classes at O$U.

  17. ccad05 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:52 PM

    He’d be a good fit for the arena league considering it’s only half a field

  18. rashardmendenballs says: Jun 7, 2011 6:58 PM

    The Wolverines would like to thank TP for ruining The Suckeyes….Outstanding Job TP!!

  19. goblueburnthevest says: Jun 7, 2011 6:58 PM

    @Deb

    Are you joking? You can’t be that naive, he cheated in every aspect of Collage football, rigged raffles for top recruits to win, turned a blind eye to his top players getting money,cars hid stuff from the NCAA so his players could play. O$U is going to get hammered hard on this and its going to take years for them to come back. Remember U of M basketball and Weber? It’s going to be the same way for O$U. U of M is going to pillage Ohio of its great players for the next 4 years because they will not want to go to O$U and the postseason bans they are going to get LOL

  20. corvusrex96 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:04 PM

    “We hope he returns to The Ohio State University one day to finish his degree.”

    That is a good idea , I mean it would be a shame to to never get a degree when you only have 4 years to go until you earn it.

  21. southyank7 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:10 PM

    better call all the ARENA league teams….
    you aren’t NFL material anyways…

  22. dolfan66r says: Jun 7, 2011 7:23 PM

    Oh and he and his teammates got to play in the Sugar Bowl after promising to return. Tressel lied about that as well as everything else in his coaching career. He used to rig raffles at the football camps so certain coveted recruits would win the prizes.

  23. Deb says: Jun 7, 2011 7:24 PM

    @goburnthevest …

    First, I’m a one-sport girl, so you have to give me football references. Weber has no meaning for me. Second, I’m a diehard Bama fan and can’t stand Ohio State, so it’s not personal. I just feel for fans when people pile on their teams during troubled times. Third, is this or is this not still under investigation? My understanding is that the only things confirmed so far are the minor infractions of the so-called Tat5 and Tressel’s idiotic decisions to repeatedly lie about them. I didn’t think the car allegations had been proved yet.

    The only kinds of infractions that interest me are recruiting violations, pay for play, and gambling. The tattoo stuff is penny-ante to me–though of course I believe Tressel lying to the NCAA was a major violation, but he’s been fired. If they can prove the kids were getting free cars or free use of new cars, then they’ll have my attention. But so far, I’m just hearing speculation. Unless I’ve missed it, the NCAA haven’t confirmed anything to bring down those kinds of sanctions–have they?

  24. jmb795 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:31 PM

    Expensive tats all ’round.

  25. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 7, 2011 7:37 PM

    bonerchamp says:
    Jun 7, 2011 6:33 PM
    Is it possible that Pryor has a fan left on this planet?

    **************************************

    I love the guy. He is giving JoePa a few shots at a Big10(11)(12) Title game for the next few years.

  26. ihateannouncers says: Jun 7, 2011 7:37 PM

    No surprise. Will be interesting to see where he ends up in the NFL, and at what position. He is not ready to be an NFL qb, but alot of experts are saying the same about Cam Newton.

    Even with a new coach and qb, TOSU should be able to beat michigan.

  27. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jun 7, 2011 7:39 PM

    @ corvusrex96

    Umm, Pryor was an academic All-American, so once again an ignorant know-nothing chimes in. Shocking.

    @goblowthevest

    I bet you thought Weiner was rally hacked too, huh?

  28. Slim Charles says: Jun 7, 2011 7:52 PM

    I don’t understand how so many OSU fans still support Tressel, but Pryor is basically being vilified for doing the same stuff all of the players were doing. Like, Tressel was an enabler for this stuff going back two decades! Oh yeah I guess Tressel likes to pray and stuff so he’s fine, my bad.

  29. corvusrex96 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:52 PM

    @angelheartsbuckeyes

    He was an “OSU” academic All-American. It has a different exchange rate than the rest of the country.

    Geez it was a joke lighten up , can’t we have a little fun with this??

  30. caneincanada says: Jun 7, 2011 7:53 PM

    Does anyone know who has his rights for the CFL?

  31. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 7, 2011 7:54 PM

    Umm, Pryor was an academic All-American, so once again an ignorant know-nothing chimes in. Shocking.

    *******************************************

    Its easy to get good grades when tutors are taking the tests for you.

  32. royalsfaninfargo says: Jun 7, 2011 8:16 PM

    Im sure ESPN will hire him to do whatever it is they call college football coverage

  33. BrownsTown says: Jun 7, 2011 8:22 PM

    I still don’t understand why OSU fans give this guy a disproportionate share of grief. Yeah, he made mistakes. Apparently, several others did as well. He would have paid his penalty.

    Let it go.

    Best of luck to the kid. He needs to mature, but he’s a better QB than the blind narrative-swallowing parrots across the country will give him credit for. Here’s hoping he outperforms the other QB that took illegal benefits.

  34. laxer37 says: Jun 7, 2011 8:31 PM

    I’ll bet business is booming in Columbus for the car dealer that ruined the Buckeyes. Let this be a lesson to the rest of the jock sniffers out there.

  35. gatorprof says: Jun 7, 2011 8:36 PM

    Two things:

    1) Rules are rules, even dumb ones. It is not a right to play football, but a privilege. If you break the rules, you may be penalized.

    2) The cover up in this case is worse than the crime.

  36. dutchman1350 says: Jun 7, 2011 8:48 PM

    In a few years Terrelle Pryor will look in the mirror and blame everyone else for his life choices.

  37. joerevs300 says: Jun 7, 2011 8:49 PM

    I believe they call this “tucking tail and running” before the real **** hits the fan.

    Why else would he leave, unless he KNOWS it is all about to come out?

    They don’t care about that in the NFL. (Just ask Michael Vick). If you can PLAY, they’ll overlook pretty much anything.

    Ah…there is the rub. Is anyone stupid enough to try and make him a franchise QB? What, exactly did he win at OSU except a bunch of weak Big 10 games?

    Terrell Pryor=Akili Smith. Except Smith didn’t have the rap sheet Pryor will.

  38. huskersrock1 says: Jun 7, 2011 9:04 PM

    Umm, Pryor was an academic All-American, so once again an ignorant know-nothing chimes in. Shocking.

    That “academic All-American” wasn’t capable a graduating in 4 years?

  39. ernestbynershands says: Jun 7, 2011 9:06 PM

    I’ll bet that Art Schlister is sleeping easier. now that Pryor is gone, Art’s record is intact.
    As for Pryor…if I were a betting man….

  40. ernestbynershands says: Jun 7, 2011 9:09 PM

    Who holds Pryor’s rights in the CFL?
    Is that the Convict Football League?

    This kid’s such a joke we should call him Richard Pryor, not Terrelle.

  41. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: Jun 7, 2011 9:12 PM

    huskersrock1

    this year is the end of pryors 3rd year, next year would have been his 4th……….

  42. Slim Charles says: Jun 7, 2011 9:18 PM

    So, where did the whole convict narrative come from? Pryor has never been arrested, traffic citations don’t count. If we’re calling a dude like pryor a “thug” ZOMG HE TRADED A SIGNED JERSEY FOR TATTOOS CALL SEAL TEAM SIX Tressel must be somewhere up with Jeffery Dahmer in evil status.

  43. polegojim says: Jun 7, 2011 9:26 PM

    How about finishing what he started and proving the critics wrong? Not

    Pryor is quiting, period.

  44. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 7, 2011 9:45 PM

    JT – no call for the above post is there?

  45. Ben Kercheval says: Jun 7, 2011 10:39 PM

    I took care of it, thanks

  46. mddare007 says: Jun 7, 2011 10:42 PM

    O-H Canada!

  47. thomas2727 says: Jun 7, 2011 10:51 PM

    Glad to see the post with the “N Word” got deleted.

    I am all for everybody stating their opinions. This is America after all.

    But going to that word is not stating an argument. It’s stating that person is an idiot.

  48. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 7, 2011 10:57 PM

    Hey, JT. Want to test your memory on something since I know you usually read comments. I seem to recall something in the fallout before the Sugar Bowl that the reason the Tat-5 were allowed to play is because they all promised to come back their next year and serve their 5 game suspensions. Now, I have no idea how enforceable that is, but is it possible Pryor inadvertently opened Pandora’s box and might force tOSU to vacate their Sugar Bowl victory sooner rather than later (and thus resetting them to 0 for SEC in bowl games)?

  49. joerevs300 says: Jun 7, 2011 11:15 PM

    Oh and speaking of what I said before…from ESPN.com:

    Terrelle Pryor signings netted thousands

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6637444

    COLUMBUS — Terrelle Pryor, who announced through his attorney Tuesday that he would bypass his senior season at Ohio State, made thousands of dollars autographing memorabilia in 2009-10, a former friend who says he witnessed the transactions has told “Outside the Lines.”

    The signings for cash, which would be a violation of NCAA rules, occurred a minimum of 35 to 40 times, netting Pryor anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 that year, the former friend says. The source spoke to ESPN under the condition that his face not be aired on TV and that his name not be published.

    Um, yeah. I think that explains the sudden “change of heart” playing for tOSU.

  50. goblueburnthevest says: Jun 7, 2011 11:46 PM

    joerevs300 says: “Oh and speaking of what I said before…from ESPN.com:

    Terrelle Pryor signings netted thousands

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6637444

    COLUMBUS — Terrelle Pryor, who announced through his attorney Tuesday that he would bypass his senior season at Ohio State, made thousands of dollars autographing memorabilia in 2009-10, a former friend who says he witnessed the transactions has told “Outside the Lines.”

    The signings for cash, which would be a violation of NCAA rules, occurred a minimum of 35 to 40 times, netting Pryor anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 that year, the former friend says. The source spoke to ESPN under the condition that his face not be aired on TV and that his name not be published.

    Um, yeah. I think that explains the sudden “change of heart” playing for tOSU”

    LOL and the hits keep coming, Pryor and Tre$$el the 2 people that ruins Ohio $tate. Thank you from a big Michigan Fan :)

  51. inconsonance says: Jun 7, 2011 11:50 PM

    I was in complete agreement until that last word, and even then it’s hard to disagree. If you don’t want to be referred to by racial slurs, don’t live a life that completely reinforces the stereotype.

  52. John Taylor says: Jun 8, 2011 12:17 AM

    Hey, myopinionisrighterthanyours, there is no chance that tOSU will be forced to vacate that win based on a reneging as the NCAA declared the six players eligible for that game. Additionally, the “promise” to return was made to Tressel and the university, a promise that allowed them to play in the game from a school standpoint; had and has absolutely nothing to do with the NCAA and the Sugar Bowl.

    Now, could OSU be forced to vacate that win over Arkansas because new information subsequently surfaced? Absolutely. I think.

    Excellent question, and one that I’ll look into.

  53. alan3008 says: Jun 8, 2011 2:17 AM

    If Pryor was smart (and he isn’t), he would sign with another school and play his senior year, even if it meant he had to sit out a year. He won’t make it as a pro. He’s not ready. He desperately needs one more year in college ball to mature. Then I would give him a 50-50 chance as a pro. Right now I would give him less than a 10% chance in the pros if he goes that route today.

  54. alan3008 says: Jun 8, 2011 2:20 AM

    Oh, and they will still kick Michigans’ ass.

  55. Slim Charles says: Jun 8, 2011 7:42 AM

    If you don’t want to be referred to by racial slurs, don’t live a life that completely reinforces the stereotype.”

    This is one of the stupidest comments I have ever read on this site. Congratulations.

  56. edgy says: Jun 8, 2011 7:49 AM

    If the Outside The Lines report is true then tOSU is in B1G, B1G trouble. Pryor’s misdeeds go beyond a few tattoos and it may even include more Buckeyes. Ohio State better start voluntarily cleaning up now because if they try to do what Garrett did then they can expect sanctions that are as bad or even worse. This could get very ugly and if they don’t shed 3 to 5 scholarships and give themselves a year ban, they could end up looking as arrogant as USC did.

  57. dickroy says: Jun 8, 2011 7:52 AM

    @Deb
    @goblueburnthevest

    I am not an Ohio St fan either. I’m glad you are smart enough to know what will happen to Ohio St. before all the facts are in. I guess you are able to do that because you hate them so much and as Deb says can’t beat them.
    Deb makes perfect sense with her post above. She is far from naive on this subject.
    We are both one sport SEC fans and even though she is a die hard Alabama gal and I am a die hard Vols fan I still love her.

  58. edgy says: Jun 8, 2011 8:40 AM

    John, I can feel your pain because it’s going to get bad before it gets better. I hope that Gee and Smith do the smart thing and get ahead of the NCAA. What made me laugh about USC is that while Garrett imposed sanctions on the basketball and tennis programs and the NCAA accepted them and stopped there, all he did was disassociate the school with Bush and nothing else with the football program and they stuck it to the school for their arrogance. Hell, all he gave up was a few wins, some money and a scholarship and the NCAA said “Ok, that’s good enough” but he couldn’t even bring himself to take away any wins or give up a scholarship with the football team. Not one thing to mitigate what the NCAA would pile on and people think that the NCAA was being too hard on USC. Had Garrett made just a few admissions of guilty was some minor sanctions like they did with the basketball program, they’d have avoided all the big sanctions but they didn’t. I hope the tOSU is smarter but you never know what a school that hopes that it’s coach doesn’t fire its president will do.

  59. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 8, 2011 10:16 AM

    JT, thank you for the clarification. I figured it was probably nothing that could be enforced, at best. Keep up the great work on the site.

  60. thomas2727 says: Jun 8, 2011 10:37 AM

    Who really cares if OSU has to vacate the Arkansas win?

    Pretty much nobody.

    Nobody cares about 2004 USC vacating, nobody cares about the Fab 5 getting stripped of wins.

    As bad as things are in baseball they realize that once the games are played it’s too late to change the results.

    What happens if Arkansas is found to have a violation in a few years. Does that mean the 2011 Sugar Bowl was never played?

  61. wakiash says: Jun 8, 2011 11:10 AM

    Ohio State, USC and others who look the other way when cheating and illegal actions are so obvious should suffer the death penalty, and these penalties should follow all coachs involved!

  62. southbeachtalent says: Jun 8, 2011 12:11 PM

    Wow lots of hate going on in here, way to kick a progam while it’s down. I’m a diehard Cane fan but I hate to see things like this happen. Regardless of who’s right or wrong the college football scene just lost two great reasons to watch on Saturday’s. Tressell was a great coach, I would have loved to have him in Miami. Same goes for Pryor.

    As for all of you fans of other big programs, don’t think for a second that your program isn’t tainted one way or another. I’m sure Bama, Penn State, Michigan, Florida, Miami, Florida St., Oregon, Auburn, Texas, etc… all have skeleton’s in the closet.

  63. edgy says: Jun 8, 2011 1:49 PM

    southbeachtalent says:

    *****************

    If you had spent any time here, you’d understand that the holier-than-thous from tOSU here brought this on themselves by their continued jabs at the SEC. Had they not been so hypocritical, they wouldn’t have gotten 1/1000 of the flak that they have.

  64. rickb56 says: Jun 10, 2011 2:57 PM

    Pryor, Reggie Bush, Cam Newton..3 punk kids that think rules don’t apply….because they have…and I quote….”skills”?

    Someone explain this to me.

  65. boisestatewhodat says: Jun 11, 2011 10:07 PM

    I sure am glad the ‘little sisters of the poor’ don’t represent college football like these disgraceful goons…LOL!!

  66. southernpatriots says: Jun 14, 2011 4:19 PM

    From the ‘sperts who follow this more intently than do we, say that Tyrell’s manager/agent should encourage him to convert to receiver because he has little chance of making it in the NFL as a quarterback. His progress toward being a NFL caliber QB the past 3 years has definitely been lacking. His statistics are far from those signal callers who do make it in the pros. Maybe a lesser league with lesser expectations of performance and character would be fitting?

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