Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted the following at roughly 5:45 p.m.:
"BREAKING NEWS: Terrelle Pryor has decided to end his football career at Ohio State, per his lawyer."
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Pryor released a statement via his attorney, Larry James, that said this:
"In the best interest of my teammates, I have made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at the Ohio State University."
Rumors have been abound that Pryor, who is under investigation by OSU and the NCAA, may enter the NFL's supplemental draft. When asked about whether Pryor is considering applying for the supplemental draft, which has not yet been scheduled and may not happen, James told the Dispatch, "I think so."
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and head coach Luke Fickell also released statements:
Smith: “We understand Terrelle’s decision and wish him well in this next phase of his life. We hope he returns to The Ohio State University one day to finish his degree.”
Fickell: “I was notified this evening that Terrelle has decided to pursue a professional career. I wish him the best in his pursuits.”
Pryor was to be suspended for the first five games of the 2011, but could've faced further punishment pending OSU and the NCAA's investigation.