The Ohio State Way

In the wake of Tattoogate, the NCAA came down on Terrell Pryor.

Pryor was hit with a five-year ban from all Ohio State athletic facilities when he discontinued cooperation with the NCAA during its probe of the football program in 2011. That investigation ultimately led to a bowl ban, reduction of scholarships for three years, forced resignation of coach Jim Tressel and the vacating of wins from the 2010 season. There is still a year left on the penalty to Pryor, who left school in spring 2011 and was taken by Oakland in a supplemental NFL draft.

Pryor is now a proud member of the Cleveland Browns, a team that is preparing to hold an August scrimmage in Ohio Stadium, presumably with Ohio State’s former favorite son in tow.  Problem?

Nah.  Gene Smith picked up the phone and explained the situation to the NCAA.  And the NCAA doesn’t care.

But OSU athletic director Gene Smith said on Tuesday it was his understanding that the ban would not be in force for the scrimmage since Pryor would be taking part in an activity of the Cleveland Browns, who will be renting the stadium that afternoon. The NCAA agreed.

“He should be allowed to participate as a member of the Cleveland Browns when they are on campus at Ohio State in August, if he is a member of the team,” the NCAA statement said. “His participation should be identical to that of all team members, with no special accommodations provided to him due to his Ohio State affiliation.”

If Pryor had played for Georgia and this situation were to occur in Athens, McGarity would ban Pryor from setting foot on campus and turn Georgia in to the NCAA for a rules violation.  And then probably petition the SEC for a conference rule on it.

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11 responses to “The Ohio State Way

  1. After Red Panties left and was subsequently banned from Victoria Secrets by his wife we all looked forward to an Athens’ son returning to his alma mater. Great things were going to happen at Georgia. What happened to him? Did Adams turn him into his boy toy and lead him to the dark side?

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    • Mad Mike

      He was probably just Foley’s penny pinching naysayer all along, and nobody up here realized it until it was too late.

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  2. Jack Klompus

    And then do an interview with Mark Bradley

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  3. TennesseeDawg

    Interesting. What happened with the Gumps right after the Ohio State loss. LOL
    http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/06/this_is_what_happened_to_pornh.html#incart_most-read_business_article

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  4. DawgFaithful

    “If Pryor had played for Georgia and this situation were to occur in Athens, McGarity would ban Pryor from setting foot on campus and turn Georgia in to the NCAA for a rules violation. And then probably petition the SEC for a conference rule on it.”

    Lol. You jest but this is probably not far from the truth.

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  5. GL

    And suspend Nick Chubb for 2 games

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  6. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    So if Gurley had signed those autographs in a rental car it would have been OK?

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  7. Cousin Eddie

    And Pryor, another great spread style QB, will be trying out at WR for the Browns not QB.

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  8. I never understood the NCAA on this. “Y’all can play in the bowl game but you have to comeback next year to serve your suspension.”

    The response in my head starts 7 seconds into this:

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