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Surrounded by scandal and facing possibly more sanctions from the NCAA, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor quit the team Tuesday afternoon, claiming that the decision to forgo his senior year was partially inspired by his wish to put his teammates' interests before his own.
Of course, many also believe his part in the school's equipment for tattoos scandal would make him ineligible to play another game at Ohio State.
Pryor's also apparently decided to pursue a professional career, which also might have something to do with why he wants to avoid the NCAA.
Even though Terrelle Pryor quit the team, the Buckeyes were already going to spend the first five games of the season without him, reports the Associated Press. He and a number of other players were suspended for their involvement in the tattoo-for-memorabilia scheme that also cost Coach Jim Tressel his job last week.
There is reportedly still an ongoing investigation, which USA Today claims centers around Pryor's alleged use of a multitude of automobiles while at the school.
The major result of leaving the Buckeyes is that as a non-NCAA athlete, Pryor is no longer subject to the organization's investigations.
He has no duty or obligation to cooperate, which will likely help his former teammates by stifling the NCAA's ability to come to a final determination about rule violations and thus punishment.
This may also save him some embarrassment, which might come in handy should he definitively decide to pursue a professional career.
That's right. Now that Terrelle Pryor quit the Buckeyes, USA Today is reporting that he is seriously considering entering the NFL supplemental draft, and if not, the Canadian Football League.