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Compare the gravity of these two stories:
1. A player was caught receiving improper benefits from his university. He was also involved in selling autographed memorabilia for a profit—a clear violation of the NCAA code of conduct.
2. After a confrontation on the sidelines with his head coach, a player simply disappears from his home. The police get involved in what becomes a full-fledged search party. Upon recovery of the missing quarterback, reports surface that said player had been affected by serious bouts of depression and soon thereafter is linked to an attempted suicide. The team's owner was eventually forced to announce the quarterback is not welcome back on the roster in 2011.
Yeah, Pryor broke some rules at Ohio State, but let's put this all in perspective: He didn't kill anybody, commit any crimes, or break any federal laws.
You can't even really claim that Pryor's altercations imply underlying impudence, since the entire Ohio State football program was on board.
Pryor basically just had a little incident at school and got his wrists slapped.
If teams shy away from him, imagine what they'll do to Young.
Young's set of personal problems make Pryor's appear benign in comparison. He has a whole host of issues that could very conceivably negatively affect his performance on the field.
Pryor has a lot less serious baggage than Young, which makes him less of a risk than the former Texas standout.