Ohio State Football: Has Terrelle Pryor Played His Final Game as a Buckeye?

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IMay 31, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  (M) Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is helped off the field by a member of the Buckeyes support team after the Buckeyes 31-26 victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The scandal that has rocked Ohio State football has cost head football coach Jim Tressel his job.

And while the next ones on the chopping block could include athletic director Gene Smith, don't forget how much of this situation links back to the players that created the mess.

None of these players hold the magnitude and polarizing personality of QB Terrelle Pryor.

But Pryor's part in these transgressions is about to only get bigger, and his time as a Buckeye is ticking away like an hourglass.

As was reported by multiple sources Monday, Pryor showed up to a players' meeting with new coach Luke Fickell in a brand-new Nissan 350Z with temporary tags.

And despite a report from Columbus' ABC station that said Pryor's mother paid for the car, it shouldn't take more than an ounce of common sense to know that when you were partially responsible for your coach resigning, that's one thing on the list of things not to do.

To make matters worse, NBC4 in Columbus reported that Pryor's license is under suspension for no proof of insurance and three traffic violations, including two speeding tickets and running a stop sign.

Granted, Pryor seems like he has done a better job of trying to fix his personal problems by trying to be a better leader and a mentor for freshman QB Braxton Miller.

But it's these lapses in judgment that really make Buckeye fans scratch their heads, especially when the entire program is under the NCAA microscope.

Now, Pryor and his cars are under investigation by both the NCAA and Ohio State, and the results of said investigation could mark the end of his days as a Buckeye.

Multiple former Buckeyes including Chris Spielman and Robert Smith believe that Pryor will not be back in a Buckeye uniform whether the NCAA rules him permanently ineligible or he bolts for the NFL Supplemental Draft in July.

And in looking at the career of Pryor, on paper it looks like a good one, with only five losses in three years as a starter.

But it's the off-the-field problems that will hurt his legacy, from the tattoo problems to the eye black controversy from September 2009.

Depending on who you talk to in Buckeye Nation, they might give very differing opinions.

But for the good of the program, it seems like Pryor's days are done and fans should be prepared for a taxing 2011 season.

At this point, consider a first-time head coach with potentially another freshman QB in Miller running the show next year.

Regardless of what happens, next season becomes one of transition whether or not Ohio State can play in a bowl.

So sorry Joe Bauserman, but if Ohio State will look to the future, they will go with the freshman and let him take his lumps.

But based on the evidence that seems to be on the table and the potential for more evidence to come down on Terrelle Pryor, the shot of him being carried off the field at the end of the Sugar Bowl might be the last time he wears an OSU jersey ever again.

And it's a shame for a player with that much talent to have his career end that way.

But sometimes, that's just how the story goes, and it's not always a happy ending.


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