Interestingly enough, it was former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor who indicated at the tail end of last year that he would be staying at Ohio State while simultaneously questioning whether the other four Buckeyes involved in “Tattoo-gate” would do the same.
Fast forward five months and it’s Pryor who has hired an agent, thus making himself ineligible for the 2011 season, while the other four players — offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Boom Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas — have decided to stick it out one more (half) year in Columbus.
And, in an interview with the Warren Tribune Chronicle, Herron says the decision to stay was based on some unfinished business.
“You live and learn from the mistakes you make when you’re a younger child. No one is perfect in this world. I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve made,” Herron said. “Those five weeks I’ll be out, I’ll just be getting better and trying to lead my team the best way I can, on and off the field. That’s all I can do.
“I still have the same mindset I had right after the bowl game – just come back, work hard and try to win a national championship. We still have a great coaching staff. Losing coach Tressel is a big thing, but I think we can can all pull together and do this.”
Speaking of Jim Tressel, Herron says he’s confident Ohio State won’t have a dropoff with new interim coach Luke Fickell.
“He’s doing his best to keep us going,” Herron said. “I think he’s doing a great job. He’s going to be a great coach for us.
“Coach Tressel is still a great person to me. He’s been a great person to me,” Herron added. “I still love him and I still respect him. Nothing has changed the way I think of the great man he is. He’s still a great man to me. He’s been a mentor to me and he’s done great things for me. I still support him and I’ll still back him in everything he does.”
Herron is definitely saying the right things now, but it will be paramount that he and other senior Buckeyes follow through on that leadership come this fall when the program needs it most.