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Why Is Pryor Playing In Tonight’s Sugar Bowl?

Tonight in New Orleans, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will take to the field with his Buckeyes.  And every fan in America should be pulling for Arkansas to beat him.

Pryor is one of five OSU players found guilty of breaking rules, but allowed to play in tonight’s Sugar Bowl.  According to the NCAA, Pryor and crew didn’t know they were breaking rules when they sold off merchandise and memorabilia.

Only Pryor — and several other OSU players — have since said that they sure did know.

According to Jim Tressell, Pryor and the OSU Five had to promise to return for their senior seasons or else he wouldn’t play them in the Sugar Bowl.

Only Pryor has since said that he really gave no such promise.

Pryor is a star on one of America’s best brand name teams.  The OSU athletic department and the NCAA have bent over backwards to keep him eligible for tonight’s BCS bowl (not unlike a certain SEC, Heisman-wining quarterback on the nation’s top-ranked team).  But Pryor is either so stupid or so defiant that he can’t/won’t take their charity and keep his mouth closed.

Dan Wetzel of Rivals.com has penned an excellent — and lengthy — piece on Pryor.  Normally when someone is painted as being representative of all that’s wrong with college athletics, I roll my eyes, knowing that no story is ever all-black or all-white. 

Not this time.

Pryor and his cronies should not be playing tonight in New Orleans.  By taking the field they will make a mockery of the NCAA and the idea of “ethics” in collegiate sports.

I don’t know about you, but come 8:30pm ET tonight, I’ll be putting a plastic Hog hat on my head and pulling for the guys in cardinal.

 


12 comments
Arkansas Fan
Arkansas Fan

Very valid points, Mark. For selling the rings and pants they've belittled Ohio State athletics and the Big Ten. Those awards should be cherished. They'll have to live with that shame the rest of their lives.

Look at what Newton and Auburn got away with. There should not have been any suspension of Pryor and gang.

Newton's knowledge of his father's actions will eventually be revealed in one way or another. He'll probably tell a teamate in the NFL while laughing at the NCAA. It's coming.

Mark from Ohio
Mark from Ohio

In the past thirty years, we've seen drug users, drug peddlers, and drug addicts receive not only accolades for athletic prowess, but also awards and rewards as well. We've seen problems in professional as well as with college athletics. Further, and let's not forget guns, shootings, murders, dog fights, and the lies, lies, lies that often follow.

I am a die-hard Buckeyes fan AND I strongly oppose rules violations. Do the crime... do the time. HOWEVER, I feel 5 games is a bit excessive, given the softer penalties, if any, levied against severer violations. Who was that masked man? (You know, the guy who went from Oregon and began play almost immediately for another team). I'd like to see the hammer come down CONSISTENTLY, and not nail one guy to the wall for selling an award and allowing another to suit up after suspension.

Finally, I remember the 'Mauling in Minnesota' in which several Ohio State players (basketball) were beaten to a pulp (Luke Witte, e.g.) and what were the sanctions? It's the worst brawl that I've ever seen and a couple of the perpetrators went on to the pros.

EVENHANDEDNESS... that's what I want to see.

John
John

Apparently this story has landed on a Big Ten messageboard or two. It would be nice if people commenting on it had read it.

For example, I believe the story referenced the Cam Newton situation and drew a clear correlation to the OSU situation -- good players on good teams in bowl season are given breaks by the NCAA.

What oversigning players has to do with this argument I have no idea. That's akin to someone posting, "Well, your shoes are cheap." This is about one set of players being allowed to play in a bowl game.

Also, anyone who reads this site knows that we at MrSEC.com are far from "holier than thou" folks. We're blasted with regularity for being "too sympathetic" and "too soft," which is also bunk, by the way.

Regular readers know that we're not some shill for SEC sports either. Example: The SEC is the best at football, but the SEC stinks in basketball. How's that for shilling?

We call things like we see it around here. Terrelle Pryor has opened his mouth and shot down every argument made by others to explain his eligibility tonight. Those are facts. You may not like them, but they're facts.

But I would ask all you Buckeye fans this -- and I lived in Columbus for 3 years by the way... loved the town -- Would you be here typing a defense of Pryor and his teammates if they were Michigan Wolverines?

We would be typing the same thing if he were dressed in UM maize and blue, OSU scarlet and gray, Alabama crimson or Florida orange and blue. I'm guessing most OSU fans would not.

It's called objectivity. And this story objectively looks at the Pryor/OSU situation and agrees with the verdict most everyone not living in the Buckeye State has arrived at -- Pryor and his crew should have been suspended immediately.

Thanks for reading,
John

Arkansas Fan
Arkansas Fan

I'm an Arkansas fan. Let them play. It was their property, their stupidity. If Newton is allowed to play, everyone should be allowed to play. Just use the "I didn't know that" defense. But like I said, it was their property, they should be allowed to do whatever they want with it. I was on the Arkansas team that played in the Sugar Bowl in 1980. I was given a Sugar Bowl watch after we lost to Alabama. Who wants to buy it? Make me an offer.

Judd
Judd

They had to promise?!?!?! Did they pinky swear? Wahahahaha

RLC65
RLC65

I love holier than thou folks. So often it is a case of whose ox is gettin gored.

Mr. Big Ten
Mr. Big Ten

Before you go throwing stones in your glass house, you better do your homework on oversigning. Visit oversigning.com and read as much as you can stomach. This is a "speck in the eye of Ohio State, while a plank in the eye of many SEC schools" thing.

Jim
Jim

Good Lord! If Cam Newton is eligible, then no way should Ohio State players NOT be eligible. I'm an SEC fan and even I can admit this. Take your SEC blinders off and look at the sham that is Cam Newton is.

Shaun
Shaun

So, players broke a rule. (A stupid rule, make no mistake, but a rule just the same.)

The NCAA hands out the punishment. Five game suspension at the beginning of next year. That is the punishment they handed down.

So the five game suspension is too little? You believe it should be a six game suspension? For selling their own stuff for fair market value. If that is your stance, I guess they should have just given the stuff to their parents to sell. Nothing wrong with that apparently. *rolls eyes*

I'd have no problem if the NCAA suspended them for this game, and the first four of next year. It'd be entirely fair. But that is not what they did. Ohio State already believes five games is too much, but you want them to hold them out of the Sugar bowl, on what? Principle? Please. This is like getting a speeding ticket for going 37 in a 35. Ohio State needs only punish the players in the way the NCAA has decreed.

Bibble
Bibble

You miss the point. it's just horribly inconsistent to decide what they did was severe enough to miss almost half a season, but not enough to miss a bowl game. For anyone to claim this wasn't about money and protecting the luster of the Sugar Bowl is an insult to my intelligence, and should be to yours. I'll even agree with you. I don't like the rule either, but it's necessary for the same reason you mentioned. If you allow the selling of your own stuff, what's to stop a booster from becoming the highest bidder on your gold pants to the tune of 4 figures or more.
I'm one of the loudest when it comes to pointing out how much schools make on these kids' talent vs. the relatively little they get in the form of a scholarship, but the rule exists for a reason. They broke it, lied about it and are missing 5 games for it. I'd feel better if they got suspended this one game and not at all next season or something; I don't really know the best way, I just know this wasn't it.

Jason
Jason

Pot. Cam. Kettle. Newton. Black.

marvin gathings
marvin gathings

Cam Newton big black athletic QB in the spotlight and Aaron Pryor Big black athletic best athletes on the field are caught in the petty racist rules of the NCAA that never victimize white QBs or players. According to the NCAA, Pryor and “his crew didn’t know they were breaking rules when they sold off merchandise and memorabilia. Why aren’t they given that shadow of doubt?
WHY IS PRYOR PLAYING IN TONIGHT’S SUGAR BOWL Posted By: John Pennington is more of the peripheral racist tinge that the NCAA is noted for. Has any white student-players ever been victimized by this amateurism rule?

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