31-4 record with 2 BCS bowl victories in 3 year OSU career
According to Cleveland.com, Terrelle Pryor has left the OSU football team. Some commentary…
The 2011 Sugar Bowl MVP threw for 6,177 yards, 57 TD’s, 26 picks, completed 60.7% of his attempts in three years as a starter and never lost to Michigan.
The move wasn’t a surprise amid all the drama enveloping the program and comes a week and a day after head coach Jim Tressel resigned. Pryor was suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season after it was found he traded jerseys and other memorabilia for tattoos. There are allegations Pryor made between 20 and 40k signing autographs. The NCAA also opened up an investigation regarding cars Pryor used during his time on campus. Ohio State must now start from scratch and fast track Braxton Miller. Miller is either in the most unluckiest of positions or the bright future contrary. The eyes will now shine on him but obviously there are tremendous holes in the program.
A National Championship coach and one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks of all time are both…gone…but the specter of the NCAA remains.
This is probably a good move for all. Pryor is expected to enter the NFL via supplemental draft. The Rebirth of Sick, as I call him, never won the Heisman as I and others predicted but his career achievement as a Buckeye can’t be denied. That some were coming after a kid when Tressel has ran through hell rockin’ a Scarlet and grey gasoline vest is ludicrous.
Pryor’s case like Reggie Bush’s and many others will undoubtedly be the basis for discussions all over the sports world whether college athletes should be compensated.
Doesn’t have to be anything crazy but to say athletes getting a free education is enough despite the millions made by universities is naive and dismissive. These are different times. In the Gene Smith interview, I learned in 2006 that Ohio State has the biggest budget in collegiate sports.
Can you really blame a kid for not taking money? Be realistic. Some families are better off and as a result, their sons/daughters won’t fall for the ubiquitous temptation of gifts and benefits, but others not so fortunate see their athletic prowess as a meal ticket…and should.
Kids work hard academically and athletically to put themselves in a position to become collegiate athletes. This should not be diminished and these words are not absolving any athlete from impropriety…because some simply do stupid things…but it’s that time to open the NCAA vault. Period. There are fat rats from Lansing to Baton Rouge…every point surrounding and in between.
If boosters are so much of a problem, let them foot the bill. Then we’ll see who is real and who is not.
How money will be potentially divided from tennis to football remains to be seen but the NCAA with all it’s hypocritical practices, would be smart at this juncture to get the ball rolling asap.
How will Terrelle Pryor pan out? I spoke to LeBron James about him with hopes he would offer the young fella some advice:
MT: When I look at Terrelle Pryor and his development in football, I see the same athlete you are in basketball.
LeBron gives me the C’mon man look. Then we share a laugh.
MT: Obviously not at this point bruh.
LBJ: He played basketball in high school too.
MT: Yeah, I’m not talking about basketball. I’m speaking of the athlete he is now compared to the athlete you were at that same stage physically.
LBJ: Right, right, right. I see what you are saying. You are definitely right about that.
MT: Are you two cool like what’s being reported?
LBJ: Not like that. I’ve been down there a few times and met him but I don’t have him on speed dial or nothing like that. I’m an open guy though. Somebody needs help? If Terrelle is one of those guys who may need help one day? I have no problem giving advice.
If Pryor does in fact enter the supplemental draft, he will have to work as hard as ever to keep playing quarterback (which is crazy to even fathom considering his obvious skill set). He’s a superior athlete, has a great arm, can run like the wind and has won big gams guiding one of the premier college football programs. He needs (just like any other young qb) to get in the film room and study his butt off or he will become the latest Black quarterback to be forced out from center. Maturity is the priority Terrelle and if you’re smart the piece I linked above spells it all out (the movie Juice is the metaphor below):
When you enter the league there will be no quarterback that has ever played in the NFL with your physical skills.
Raheem didn’t die for nothin’…
so don’t let Bishop prohibit your GQ from working on his brain.
Make your family proud son…all that other bs can wait. It has to be said you were to blame just as anyone else. Now get out there and get your game and your name right.