Terrelle Pryor not leaving Ohio State for the NFL Supplemental Draft

Ohio State University quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) celebrates after his team defeated the University of Arkansas during the NCAA BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl football game in New Orleans, Louisiana January, 4, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Rest easy, Buckeye fans: Terrelle Pryor will be in an Ohio State uniform next season.

After speaking with “a source,” Dave Miller of the National Football Post wrote on Monday that Pryor had “not dismissed the idea of going the NFL Supplemental Draft route” and the odds of him staying at Ohio State for his senior season “are about 60-40.”

But Pryor put that rumor to rest last night when he Tweeted:

I’ll be suited up at Lincoln Nebraska !! And first player at QB to meet with the Wolverines for the fourth time!!

Unsurprisingly, Miller is now being lambasted in the comments section of his article, although I find the criticism a tad hypocritical. People spend a quarter of their day searching for rumors and gossip on the internet, another quarter on bashing writers for not coming up with news-worthy topics and another quarter on bashing said writers if their source fails to deliver accurate information. (That last quarter of the day is spent on internet gambling and porn, of course.)

Obviously Miller ran with something that one of his reliable sources came to him with, which is his job. If someone told him that Pryor was thinking about heading to the NFL Supplemental Draft and then Pryor did just that, Miller would have been the fool that sat on golden information if he didn’t print it. Instead, his source was seemingly wrong and now he’s vilified, although such as the life of a writer/blogger.

Of course, the flip side is if Miller just made the information up, in which case he deserves to be criticized. There are plenty of writers and websites that throw sh*t up against a wall just to see if it’ll stick and they deserve to be heckled. I don’t know if Miller fits into this category or not, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Hey, sometimes a writer’s sources just don’t pan out. That doesn’t mean that the writer is an irresponsible journalist and an undeniable bum. (Although in my case, that bum part is pretty spot on.)

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NCAA denies OSU’s appeal for suspended players, Jim Tressel also chooses to serve five-game ban

Ohio State University head football coach Jim Tressel speaks during a news conference in Columbus, Ohio, March 8, 2011. Tressel was fined $250,000 and suspended for two games for violating NCAA rules, according to reports. REUTERS/Jay LaPrete (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL HEADSHOT)

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel will no long have to worry about the public asking him why he received lesser punishment then the five Buckeye players involved in “Tattoogate.” That’s because now he too will serve a five-game suspension.

On Thursday night, the NCAA finalized its ruling that OSU players Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, Daniel Herron, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas will be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after swapping memorabilia for free tattoos with a parlor owner in Columbus. Ohio State had appealed the suspension on behalf of the players, but the NCAA upheld the punishment.

Despite being handed a two-game suspension in a separate investigation by the university, Tressel decided that he too would serve a five-game ban along with his players.

“Like my players, I am very sorry for the mistakes I made. I request of the university that my sanctions now include five games so that the players and I can handle this adversity together,” Tressel read in a statement. “Throughout this entire situation, my players and I have committed ourselves to facing our mistakes and growing from them; we can only successfully do this together. I spoke with athletic director [Gene] Smith, and our student-athletes involved, and told them that my mistakes need to share the same game sanctions.”

It’s a pretty slick move by Tressel. He would have never been able to live down why he only served a two-game suspension for lying to the NCAA and to the university while his players served a five-game ban for committing a similar infraction. Granted, it doesn’t change the fact that he made a poor decision and embarrassed the program, but his decision will no doubt win the respect of his players and OSU fans (or at least some of them).

I’m sure Tressel truly does feel bad about what he did. Everyone makes mistakes and as long as they’re willing to (eventually) own up to them and seek to rectify the situation the best they can, what more can you ask of them? (Besides not committing the infraction, that is.) I’m not excusing what he did but there are good guys in the college football coaching ranks, and there are bad guys. Tressel is a good guy.

Terrelle Pryor, rest of Ohio State suspended players to return next season

There was speculation that the five Ohio State players that were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season would forego their senior years and declare for the NFL draft.

But according to their head coach, none of them are ready to leave the Buckeyes.

ESPN.com reports that Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas were all “unanimous” in saying they would stay for the 2011 season. All would be eligible for the NFL draft if they decided to leave, but as of now the group is saying they’re staying put.

“I’m excited to say that all of the guys who were involved, knowing perhaps they had some options like playing in this game and then leaving and maybe another option would be to take themselves out of this game hoping the appeal for the future would be softened, none of them want to do that,” Tressel said.

“They are going into this opportunity with their eyes open knowing they have significant sanctions for their senior year. They know they have to live with those.”

This is obviously great news for Tressel and OSU, although the Buckeyes still have to make due without those five players for their first five games next season. But assuming they’ll start the year against a few cupcakes, the Buckeyes could still be undefeated by the time Pryor and Co. return.

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