Terrelle Pryor Done At Ohio State
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will not return for his senior season, his attorney announced Tuesday.
"In the best interest of my teammates, I have made the decision to forego my senior year of football at The Ohio State University," Pryor said in a prepared statement read by his attorney Larry James.
James said that Pryor would likely make himself available for the NFL supplemental draft.
Pryor was suspended for Ohio State's first five games of the 2011 season for accepting tattoos in exchange for memorabilia from a Columbus tattoo shop.
The announcement came eight days after Jim Tressel was forced to resign as Ohio State coach.
"We understand Terrelle's decision and wish him well in this next phase of his life," Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. "We hope he returns to The Ohio State University one day to finish his degree."
Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell said that he was notified on Tuesday evening that Pryor was leaving.
"I wish him the best in his pursuits," Fickell said in a statement.
Pryor's announcement came on the same day that ESPN reported more allegations about the quarterback.
The network reported that Pryor made thousands of dollars by signing memorabilia from 2009-2010. The story cited a former friend of Pryor's, who claimed to have witnessed the transactions.
The friend said that Pryor made between $20,000 -$40,000 that year by signing mini-football helmets for Columbus businessman Dennis Talbott.
Talbott denied the allegations on Tuesday night, telling 10 Investigates' Paul Aker that none of the allegations were true. He said it was "shocking" that ESPN published the report.
Talbott said he has refused to be interviewed by ESPN.
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