This is getting messy. Or maybe we should say messier. Terrelle Pryor and the word violation seem to be going hand in hand these days. And his issues are holding up the NFL's Supplemental draft.
Word comes today, courtesy of Chris Mortensen of ESPN that Pryor and Ohio State are in a bit of a...well...disagreement. Pryor (or at least his attorney since he doesn't speak to media) claims he told the NCAA in May that his so-called mentor Ted Sarniak gave his mother money and took care of his car payments. Which by the way, would explain more than a few things. He also adds (his attorney does), the NCAA was aware of this and told Sarniak to stop.
Ohio State however says no he didn't.
Read Mort's story which summarizes it all RIGHT HERE
I don't know about you, but we smell a rat here. We get the impression this is another ploy to convince the NFL Pryor would be in trouble and thusly be eligible for the Supplemental Draft. Something we might add that many so-called "NFL Experts" say he should be allowed to participate in.
We say no. We say this is a blatant attempt at manipulating the system. We don't have anything against guys who flunk out or get in legal trouble trying to get a shot at the pros. But Pryor's case is different. Yes, he would miss half this season if he stayed at Ohio State, but he CHOSE to leave. He didn't have to. He wasn't, at least on the surface, in-eligible in any way, shape or form other than the "Tattoo Issue". He would have had the opportunity to finish his degree and play the second half of the season.
No, this is a blatant attempt to cash in now and not face the damage he left behind. Plain and simple. And no, we don't think he'll be a success in the pros. He's not head and shoulders above the guys he'd be playing with in the NFL. And he's in for a shock when he realizes it. It's not like the "Little Sisters of the Poor" schedule Ohio State plays in their first 5 games. It's "Big Boy" football. If you are "that" good Mr. Pryor, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to prove it....next spring.