So Ohio State’s trip to the West Coast for a football game turned out to be convenient for news-gathering as it happened to coincide with the first home pro start for Terrelle Pryor, the erstwhile Buckeye quarterback.
Among those Pryor talked to was Columbus Dispatch reporter Todd Jones, whom the current Oakland Raiders signal caller told, “Those guys (Ohio State) kicked me out of school after all those things I did for them.”
Then, according to Jones, a member of the Raiders staff notified reporters Ohio State was not a proper topic of discussion at that time.
Putting aside my surprise to learn a pro football team actually thinks its adult starting quarterback needs protection from potentially uncomfortable questions*, here is a reminder of some of the things did for “his school”: News Room – The Ohio State University.
While I have come over to the camp that believes some of the things Pryor did should probably be legalized or other allowances made to reduce the urge/need to cheat, the rules are the rules and breaking them can have serious consequences not only for the individual but also the team and the head coach (although that’s another story). As with the Johnny Manziel allegations, breaking them is a selfish act for a guy who often tried hard to say all the right things about his strong feelings for his teammates but never did much to show them.
Maybe Pryor felt he wasn’t getting all he was due from just his scholarship, training, meals, academic assistance and media promotion from Ohio State and its partners, but I can’t feign much sympathy there. He arrived in Columbus highly touted but still almost unimaginably raw as a quarterback. He still had a ways to go when he left, but he was still a third-round pick in the supplemental draft and received a hefty signing bonus with a six-figure salary as a rookie. Not bad for a guy with no expectations to contribute that season.
All in all, everyone has moved on and just about everyone seems to be better off, but Pryor’s perception of the situation is still kind of puzzling.
*Pryor very well could have gone on to explain he does understand why he had to be disassociated from the program, but I guess we’ll have to wait for another interview to find out. Although he had a couple of gaffes, Pryor always gave me the impression in media settings at Ohio State that he really wanted to be a good interview and cared about how he sounded, so I thought the way OSU babied him was unnecessary. I’d say the same thing about the Raiders based on Jones’ account of what happened Sunday, but of course I wasn’t there.