After announcing that he would bypass his senior year at Ohio State, former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor ended speculation June 9 about his Canadian Football League (CFL) prospects when he refused an offer from the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Pryor, the center of an internal investigation at Ohio State, expects to enter his name in the National Football League’s Supplemental Draft, should the league have one this summer if the NFL lockout is ended.
When asked about Pryor’s refusal of the CFL, his attorney, Larry James told reporters on June 9: “He did not go into discussion. He just said he’s not interested in the Canadian Football League. Obviously the offer was not sufficient to whet his taste buds…He’s definitely looking at the supplemental draft,” according to a statement on the lancastereaglegazette.com.
Pryor was suspended for the first five games of the 2011-2012 season when reports surfaced that he was one of five Ohio State players who accepted improper gifts—tattoos and cash– from an Ohio tattoo parlor last year. Longtime Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel later resigned due to allegations that he possessed knowledge of the transactions. Another report surfaced that alleged Pryor was allowed to use cars from an Ohio dealership although his driver’s license had been suspended since January, forcing Pryor to withdraw from school.
Following the alleged transactions, the NCAA has placed Ohio State under full investigation.