Gee Hopes Terrelle Pryor Will Graduate From Ohio State


UPDATED: Thursday June 9, 2011 4:12 PM

Ohio State University President Gordon Gee said on Thursday that he hopes former Buckeye quarterback receives his degree from the school.

Gee's comments to 10TV's Chuck Strickler came the day after Pryor announced through his attorney that he would skip his senior season in the best interests of the team.

"It's (Pryor's) decision obviously, and I think it is a good decision for him, given all the stuff that's going on," Gee said.  "At the same time, I hope that he returns -- as have many football players -- to finish their degree.  In the end, it's about education."

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Gee told Strickler that he would do what he can to help Pryor. 

The former Ohio State quarterback was presumably taking his final exams this week along with thousands of other Ohio State students.

According to the university, Pryor was scheduled to take courses in the summer and autumn quarters before he announced he would not play anymore at Ohio State.

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.

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.

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