The Terrelle Preyor Saga Comes to an End with a slap on the wrist

August 18th, 2011

So he can enter the supplemental draft, and is not eligible to play for 5 games. Woop-dee-doo.

The NFL said that Pryor can play in preseason games after he is drafted and signs but he is not eligible to practice with his new team or play in a game until Week 6 of the season. Pryor will be allowed at his new team’s training facility for meetings and to work with coaches during the time he is ineligible, however.

“… Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules, which resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football.

This serves as no deterrence to student athletes considering breaking the rules. This is a golden ticket, and sets a precedent for the future that will certainly be on the minds of high-performance athletes.

Drop the charade, and pay the student athletes. Get on with it.

Pryor’s agent is just right:

“Ultimately we are pleased that Terrelle will have the opportunity to fulfill his dream to dream to play in the NFL,” Cornwell said. “Personally, I hope this causes everyone to pause and conclude that we must challenge the NCAA on its ‘amateurism’ rules. Terrelle is going to the NFL because the NCAA mandated that he feed their families, but he could not feed his own.”