Wed, 06/08/2011 - 00:58
I've been avoiding this topic for several weeks in a row but for whatever reason now seems to be a perfect time. Oh, Ohio State. I almost don't want to discuss this here because it seems like every time I do I get ripped apart telling the facts. It's almost as if some people believe that the Buckeyes are infallible and that they redeem the state of Ohio. I know that if I start going on about tattoos, cars, and free meals I will be told it's all speculation. Therefore I will try not to harp on them. There is one fact that just came to light and that is Terelle Pryor decided to leave Ohio State. Yep, shocker there, huh? Him leaving does not phase me one bit, but I do have to laugh out loud at one thing. He no longer has to cooperate with the NCAA investigation.
I said this when Tressel resigned (or got fired however you want to phrase it) and I'll say it again now, there is a lot more to this story that is about to unravel. Let's focus on Pryor for a moment.
You leave your team when you are the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this upcoming season. You leave your team when you already missed the draft. You leave your team when you are not even sure if there will be an NFL season this year. You leave your team before you even have your education to fall back on. OR do you leave your team so you don't have to comply with the NCAA anymore? I'm going to lean towards the last statement. Who knows what other dirt is out there.
My favorite part of this whole story which is why I don't believe for one minute that wrong doings weren't done, is the car dealer Aaron Kniffin. Terrelle Pryor "bought" a Corvette from this guy in high school. Yep. One hundred percent believable. Next this guy "loans" Pryor a Denali to test drive. Yep. To test drive to Pennsylvania. That's perfectly believable, right? Terrelle believes so, and I quote, "I wanted advice from some of my family and friends I trusted to see if it would be a good vehicle for me to maybe buy." Are you serious? Kniffin goes onto to say that he "gave the Ohio State players the same benefits I would give any Tom, Dick, and Harry that would walk into the dealership." This stuff can't be made up. I took both these quotes from SportingNews.com. I can't wait to walk into a local dealership tomorrow and tell them I need to borrow a car to drive to PA. I'm sure it will not be a problem.
Oh and I'm so sick and tired of the 'bigger man' syndrome. "In the best interest to my teammates". Oh yeah, you're leaving so as to not effect them. Uh-huh. That's as believable as me saying I believe every word that comes out of your mouth. I'm sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that you get to walk away from the program scot-free. Only you know if your pride and dignity are still intact.
It's ashame all of this has to take a backseat to the Casey Anthony trial. As much as I love waking up to see who the next witness is, I am equally excited to wake up every day and see what the newest scandal is. Everyday it's something new and intriguing. Mark my words these two gentlemen don't just up and walk away without something bigger brewing out there in Columbus.
I guess the moral of this story is, OSU next time you go to get free stuff make sure you cross your "T's" and dot your "I's". Wait! Isn't that what you're known for? LOL
*Cartoon drawn by Drew Litton www.drewlitton.com
*The crying man found everywhere this one take from www.theclevelandfan.com
*TP photo Terry Gilliam/AP