August 18th, 2011 – By Bryan Cross
Former Ohio State Buckeyes’ quarterback Terrelle Pryor was declared to be eligible for the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, which was pushed back and will now be held on this upcoming Monday, Aug. 23.
However, there is a catch.
The league felt that Pryor did not go about the process of the Supplemental Draft the correct way, and as such, sent a league memo to all 32 teams that the quarterback will be eligible to take and play in preseason games, but he cannot practice or play in a regular season game until after Week 5 of the season.
“… Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules, which resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football,” The memo said.
The statement continued by saying that Pryor was due to be suspended for the first five games of the College Football season, and that that penalty will hold constant into the NFL year.
“Pryor then applied to enter the NFL after the regular draft. Pryor had accepted at the end of the 2010 college football season a suspension for the first five games of the 2011 season for violating NCAA rules. Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs.”
Pryor will hold a Pro Day on Saturday in an effort to work out for NFL team scouts to demonstrate what he can bring to a team.
And while Pryor can now move on from Ohio State, he and his attorney continue to question the Amateurism rules of the NCAA.
“Ultimately we are pleased that Terrelle will have the opportunity to fulfill his dream to dream to play in the NFL,” Pryor’s attorney David Cornwell said. “Personally, I hope this causes everyone to pause and conclude that we must challenge the NCAA on its ‘amateurism’ rules. Terrelle is going to the NFL because the NCAA mandated that he feed their families, but he could not feed his own.”
Though Pryor is gone, Ohio State suffers still, and have fallen off as the odds on favorite to win the Big Ten Conference in 2011. Actually, College Football Futures Betting Lines have set Nebraska and Wisconsin as the conference favorites.