This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
Apparently there is some speculation around Fox Sports that even if there is a supplemental NFL draft, our buddy TP might not meet requirements.
“If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to FOXSports.com on Sunday. “It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft. It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular (draft).”
Aiello cited examples of “unforeseen” changes as players who were kicked off their college teams, declared academically ineligible or graduated and then decided to leave school. Pryor doesn’t qualify on any of those fronts.
These situations are decided on a case by case basis, and I personally have trouble believing that he would be denied, but I hope he didn't already throw away the phone number for the Seskatchewan Roughriders.
Apparently, for a player to be eligible for the Supplemental Draft, the player must incur new eligibility issues since the end of the April draft. Currently, he's still just suspended, and voluntarily left school.
How awesome would it be if OSU gave him the finger and didn't change his status to ineligible?
From the article (which mostly discusses him playing in the UFL), it sounds like OSU will deem him ineligible, but damn, I'd be real tempted to screw him over. Ya' know since "people get missing for things like that" and all.
Enlighten a geezer. I realize it can probably vary from a little buckey leaf to a full arm inking, but does anybody have an idea what the going rate is for the size and type of tattoos that the Buckeyes might have gotten. Are we talking $75 or $3000?
I'm no lawyer (outside of bird law, of course), but if pryor's lawyer wants to claim that the number of loaners isn't 8 as reported, shouldn't he know EXACTLY how many? It's pretty easy to differentiate between 3 cars and 4 cars isnt it? I don't know if I'm reading too much into it, but it just seems that he just indirectly revealed that he is in the process of picking a number to make his case, meaning that both numbers are likely incorrect.
Just curious, who else here thinks that Pryor will sing like a canary if they don't let him play? I personally think he will spill ALL of the beans if they try to keep him off the field. From whate we've learned, I don't see him keeping his mouth shut through all of this.
With all the delirious excitement/dread/photoshopping surrounding Tressel's resignation and the SI article further illuminating the Pryor fiasco, I wonder how all of these allegations will affect OSU's very highly-ranked basketball team. I don't remember if specific names were mentioned, but I do remember reading reports of athletes on the basketball team also receiving tattoos and nice car deals, or at least the insinuation finding some purchase with sources. It seems highly unlikely that the abuses we've seen perpetrated by the football team are restricted to just those athletes, as the basketball team has been at least as successful over the years as the footballers, and is a sport were violations occur frequently with high-end players.
I wouldn't be surprised if once the smoke clears, we see Thad Matta having to answer some very tough questions about some of his one-and-done players with questionable pasts (Byron Mullen, I'm looking at you). If the Lack of Institutional Control claim is brought against OSU for football and incriminating evidence surfaces for the basketball team as well, you may be able to see the resulting crater in Columbus from North Campus.