Posted September 16, 2013

Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor blasts Buckeyes over 2011 exit

Ohio State Buckeyes, Terrelle Pryor
In his final game with Ohio State, Terrelle Pryor led the Buckeyes to a Sugar Bowl victory.

In his final game for Ohio State, Terrelle Pryor led the Buckeyes to a Sugar Bowl victory. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, now the starter for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, left the Buckeyes program prematurely under a cloud of NCAA troubles in 2011. Now, as the university fails to embrace its former star, it seems Pryor is in no hurry to embrace Ohio State, either.

After notching his first victory as an NFL starter in Sunday’s 19-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pryor told the Columbus Dispatch that he has no real relationship with Ohio State at the moment.

“That’s my school, but they don’t really accept me,” Pryor said. “I’ve moved on to what I have now, and that’s just football.”

The quarterback’s college career ended earlier than expected soon after the he was suspended for the first five games of his final season in 2011 for accepting improper benefits from a tattoo parlor, allegations that later caused then-coach Jim Tressel his job. Pryor opted to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL’s supplemental draft that year, where he was selected in the third round by the Raiders. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Pryor for the first five games of his pro career for what he called “deliberate manipulation of our eligibility rules.”

On the field, Pryor’s career with the Buckeyes was prolific. He went 31-4 as a starter and led the school to three Big Ten titles, including three victories over Michigan. On Saturday, Pryor watched the first half of Ohio State’s win over Cal, and he was asked about his former school after the Raiders’ win Sunday.

Even if he had time to attend the OSU-Cal game, Pryor couldn’t have accepted free tickets from OSU players, coaches or alumni. That stipulation is part of a five-year ban the university placed on him in 2011 stemming from the scandal.

“Those guys kicked me out of school after all those things I did for them,” Pryor said.

The indignation in his voice spurred a Raiders official to step in and cut off a question from a Dispatch reporter.

“Guy, we’re not going to talk about Ohio State right now,” said the Oakland official, sending Pryor out the locker-room door.

51 comments
AlexanderBeal
AlexanderBeal

Prior  continues to amaze me with his stupidity and self centered attitudes.  He humiliates OSU by breaking the rules, causes a team a chance to go to a bowl game, costs OSU millions of dollars and he whines that they just don't love him.  Prior, you are and will always be an utter loser.

BuckeyeFan77
BuckeyeFan77

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor did know the rules as well as Coach Jim Tressel and they have no one to blame but themselves. The Ohio State University didn't deserve this from those players and coach. I do think that the NCAA picks and chooses what type of punishment they give certain schools. Look at the Thug duck butts of oregon who only got a slight slap on their web toes. With Oregon the NCAA ruling shows who has the real power in college football; 1.)TV & 2.) n*ke. I find it amazing how a business can pay off  football player arrest's so that they can play. Remember when Jeremiah Masoli and teammate Garrett Embry got caught stealing laptops and other things from someone's home; LaMachael James charged with domestic violence; Oregon players involved in two campus brawls in which left kicker Rob Beard cited for misdemeanor assault; Linebacker Kiko Alonso with a duii; receiver Jamere Holland dismissied from team;  Cliff Harris late to court for charges of domestic harassment got a speeding ticket going 62 in a 45 zone; Josh Huff  was arrested by Eugene police in the early hours of Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence, as well as driving without a license and speeding; former RB RB LaMichael James has been arrested for assault charges (by his girlfriend) and has recently pleaded not guilty to these accusations; LeGarrette Blount was suspended for all remaining games on Friday for punching Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the jaw following the 16th-ranked Ducks' 19-8 loss to the 14th-ranked Broncos the night before. All THUGS SHOULDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO PLAY FOOTBALL. Why does the NCAA & Professional Football allow this? Young kids are seeing this and think that it's ok to behave like this. Now look at Oklahoma State and the problems that have come to light. We have these boys who are given a diploma and and wouldn't be able to get a job because someone else took the exams for them. What a country.


Rick81
Rick81

He never even "BLASTS" OSU at all...Such a BS storyline. I am so Happy he is now in the NFL playing the game he loves. And to all of you Pryor haters.....I hope he and The Raiders BEAT DOWN your NFL team for your crap talking!!!

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Pryor has no one to blame but himself for his outcome at OSU. He knew the rule. It may be a dumb rule but he knew it and knew there would be trouble if he broke it.  

Ryan1
Ryan1

Not really OSU's fault, they are simply reacting, this is an NCAA issue. The larger universities should just leave the antiquated NCAA behind. They do nothing for these large sports and simply are an administrative burden.

I am looking at First Take right now, and if a college football player can have his image plastered all over ESPN and be the head line, than he isn't really an amateur anymore. Celebrity without the money really is unfair, to put any of these college students under that kind of microscope and scrutiny and maintain this expectation that they shouldn't get paid.

D. M
D. M

It should be noted that SI left out part of interview where Pryor was asked if he was bitter toward OSU and he said, "No, not at all. I hope they win the championship this year". Great reporting SI from the headline to leaving out part of the story.

rodp236
rodp236

MVP POS............................................

likedoohan
likedoohan

Ohio State didn't have much choice in distancing itself. The real irony is that he was allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl, and it took so long to fire Tressel. Pryor has no reason to be mad at Ohio State, but should direct his ire at the absurd NCAA rules.

D. M
D. M

Anyone who blames Pryor for Tessel's downfall is simply wrong. Pryor, like many kids, violated an NCAA rule(s) and that was it. He did NOTHING to bring Tressel down. Tressel did that on his own, and I loved the guy as our head coach. He was a grown man who made a decision to lie to the NCAA, which he KNEW was a big no no. That is why he paid the price, not because of Pryor.

Blinker
Blinker

Bottom line....  considering what the ncaa is doing to other teams/players for flagrant violations these days, OSU and the players that were affected by the punishment handed down should be PISSED!!!!!!!!  Ban the ncaa.  The organization now serves almost no purpose!!!!!!!!!!! 

SqueekEron
SqueekEron

Headline is so wrong.  OSU fans like TP, they just hate that he got caught up in that stupid trinkets for tattoos scandal.  It got blown all out of proportion and the school paid a big price for it.

RaidLakeDodge
RaidLakeDodge

I hope he can just move on.  He is a professional football player. Which means can make money off of his name now too!  I'm happy to have him in the silver and black!

BillyfromOhio
BillyfromOhio

...and you f*&^%$ Tressel out of a head coaching career because he was stupid enough to feel loyalty to this piece of crap, along with his other piece of crap rule breaking players.  Jerk!

MarkCleary
MarkCleary

Pryor is a piece of crap.  TOSU is a pile of crap.  Thus, they are bound together, now and forever, regardless of Pryor's feelings in the matter.

Although I would agree he is the perfect fit for the Raiders.


DarrellSwain
DarrellSwain

Free tickets?????  The dudes a millionaire........give free tickets to a needy family!


WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

boo hoo. ANOTHER black guy blaming others for his own failure.  When will these people learn

me1
me1

You broke the rules...rules simple enough for my 12 yr old to follow...yet too difficult for you to follow. Don't blame OSU for your inability to be an adult.

GregSamick
GregSamick

Arrogant, self centered, egotistical......................................

What did OSU do for you? Gave you a career. Treated you like a celebrity.

Because of "your" rules infractions, which you were well aware of, you crapped on your School and head coach. It cost your head coach his job and you are still going on with your career.

But, it's everyone else's fault but yours?  IDIOT!!!!!

j7apple
j7apple

I can only imagine what OSU made off this kid while he was at their school. 

riley8
riley8

Translation:  Rules don't apply to me.  I play fooshball.

GeorgeE
GeorgeE

Pryor's comments as quoted were fair and polite.  He expressed disappointment at the way THE OSU treated him.  I understand that my alma mater was trying to placate the NCAA, but they should have stood up for the players.  One can see how bothered NCAA was when Johnny Manziel profited -- not very much at all.  Who knows why they went after OSU with so much punishment.  But we have moved on, most of us, anyway.  Time for OSU to show its apology to Pryor and give him the celebration he deserves.

JakeUdell1
JakeUdell1

As a buckeye fan im happy for TP but the headline is completely misleading in no way is he blasting the buckeyes

Robert145
Robert145

Pryor is not a bad kid. He traded HIS own jersey for a tattoo. The rule is stupid and shame on those that want to make Pryor the bad guy. Every person that thinks they would comply with every NCAA rule and be happy and completely grateful as a supposed student/athlete is lying to themselves. Get real people.

chibucks
chibucks

“That’s my school, but they don’t really accept me,” Pryor said. “I’ve moved on to what I have now, and that’s just football.”

 i don't think any part of what he said is untrue...  some fans hold it against him still and he did get kicked out; albeit, he was partially at fault (and the administration did a horrible job as well).  i'm glad he's moved on and he was and will still be a buckeye in my eyes.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

“Those guys kicked me out of school after all those things I did for them,” Pryor said.

After all HE did for OSU … typical self-important, over-entitled athlete-speak. How about after all the University did FOR you, Terrelle? I mean, gave you a shot at a college degree — 100% free of charge — while also setting you up with everything you could ever possibly need for success on the field.  And yet it's THEIR fault you got tossed for violating NCAA rules? 

You are still an idiot, Terrelle, so why am I not the least bot surprised you're a Raider?  The perfect fit, IMO … 


jdane
jdane

How did they 'kick him out'?   He's the one who received improper benefits--it's the coach who was kicked out because of it.

JerryCummings
JerryCummings

Who cares about Pryor in the Buckeye Nation??? No one. 

CJ - Be the Ball
CJ - Be the Ball

Didn't this joker get to play in Ohio State's bowl game because he committed to coming back for the next season and taking a 5-game suspension?  Then he went back on his word and joined the NFL while OSU ended up with NCAA sanctions.  I doubt any university would want to have anything to do with him under those circumstances.

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

OSU gave him free cars, grades, and whatever else he needed for "all of the things he did for them."  Pryor went off the reservation and accepted the free tattoos.  OSU can't condone outside cheating, only internally controlled cheating.  

tonybot3
tonybot3

Its not THEIR fault they punished him... He's the one who opted out...   That said, i'm an OSU fan, and i'm a Terrelle Pryor fan too.  I'm really happy he's getting this opportunity to start.

tomjones44
tomjones44

Every football player has tats and I'm willing to bet 90% of them are freebies.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@NoQNoSuperBowl Oh, really? Just like Johnny Football knew the rules and got a half game suspension? Oh that's right - he really, really didn't break any rules... not really, you know...

Buckeye1ab
Buckeye1ab

@D. M I agree...  Tressel made his own bed...  his downfall was that he is too nice of a guy...  he got too close to Pryor, and instead of acting like a Head Coach or a Father figure, which is what Head Coaches are supposed to replicate; Tressel thought so highly of Pryor, that he tried to cover for his mistakes instead of sitting him down and giving it too him straight...  Also, there was no Leadership in the Junior Class on that Team to keep Pryor in line...  which is also why, then next year when they became Seniors, the team went 6-7...  Luke Fickell had no chance when he took over as Head Coach..  Also, Pryor also made his own bed as well...  his lack of a relationship with the University is nobodies fault but his own...  And that is a shame, because Pryor was a special talent...  Had he and Tressel not taken the University into NCAA's Doghouse, and cost last year's Team a chance to win it all...  Of course, Gene Smith (Athletic Director) also had a part in that as well...

likedoohan
likedoohan

Tressel was fired because he made bald-faced lies to the NCAA and played guys he knew were ineligible because he put his own career and winning games above all ethics, despite portraying himself as a paragon of virtue. Whom do you really blame, a kid getting free tats or a grown man making millions who covered up violations and signed his name to blatant lies?

Bad1v
Bad1v

@WHO*IS*ESPN Another racist comment from our resident racist.  Don't you have a sheet to wash?

maniacmcgoo
maniacmcgoo

@me1 Apparently it's not simple enough for a 12 year old to follow because half of alabama's team can't seem to follow them. Add Cam Newton, Ok. St., Johnny "sign my football" Manziel, and the rest of the SEC and you really have to ask, why did Pryor get hammered when the scum in the SEC get a free pass? 


Oh yeah, the SEC has a contract with ESPN, and god forbid ESPN not make all of the money.

Doug1
Doug1

Actually he didn't own that jersey, he traded away Ohio State's property.  And they did NOT kick him out of school, he CHOSE to leave early to avoid the 5 game suspension the next year.  Just like he CHOSE to break the rules and trade stuff for tattoos, which he knew was wrong.


That being said, once the 5 year ban is done, I am sure he'll be invited back for the reunion tours.

bnceo
bnceo

@Robert145 I wonder about this.  If he good at trading, could he get in trouble?  Like if he bought an iPhone, then got an iPad.  Then got a guitar.  After a few more trades, got a motorcycle and sold it, is that bad?  He did that work on his own.  The NCAA rules are so off and constricting. 

ChanceArmstrong
ChanceArmstrong

@Jules de la Zazette They didn't kick the other players who did the exact same thing out though. They got a 5 game suspension and remained on the team. Why shouldn't he be bitter.

Paaven
Paaven

@JerryCummings That's the point he's making. Buckeye nation views 18 year old kids as disposable commodities. The proper emotion now would be shame.