*Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor announced through his attorney Tuesday that he would not play for the Buckeyes this upcoming season, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
He had already been suspended for the first five games for breaking NCAA rules by accepting improper benefits from the owner of a tattoo parlor.
Pryor was reflective about his decision to quit the college game, said his lawyer, Larry James.
“You know how sometimes you have the weight of the world on your shoulders and then something like this takes a little bit off?’ James said. “He’s still only 21.”
The most likely next step for Pryor would be an NFL supplemental draft.
“I would hope so. Also, he would hope so,” said James, who said Pryor was not speaking publicly. “But he’s going to take the next couple of days to get his head together.”
It was news that was met with surprisingly happy faces by downtrodden Ohio State fans. After coach Jim Tressel’s forced departure last week, Pryor has served as a lightning rod as the NCAA looked into all aspects of the once-glittering program.
In addition to the acknowledged violations — cash and tattoos to players — are rumors of cars deals for athletes and other potential violations. And Pryor has been in the middle of all that swirling controversy.
Pryor’s announcement comes just eight days after Tressel was forced to resign for knowing about the players’ improper benefits, but not telling any of his superiors.
“(Pryor) did not want to be a distraction to his teammates,” James said. “This is something he came to consider after much thought.”
Ohio State will go before the NCAA’s committee on infractions on Aug. 12.