The Free Press just put out a little article on Terrelle and his driver's license. Yes, it is suspended, and yes, he has been seen driving on it.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, already under investigation by Ohio State and the NCAA over whether he improperly received cars and other impermissible benefits, has had his driving privileges suspended, according to a spokeswoman with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Pryor's license was suspended last month because he had no proof of insurance when he was stopped by Columbus police for running a stop sign Feb. 17.
"His suspension was related to the Feb. 17, 2011 conviction," said Lindsey Wayt Bohrer of Ohio's BMV. "His court date for this was April 2. We didn't receive the paperwork from the court on this until April 14. Then we give the customer 30 days notice before suspending. To lift the suspension, he must show proof of insurance from the Feb. 17, 2011 date. As of now, he has not shown proof of insurance. If he shows proof of insurance, the suspension will be deleted. If he does not show proof of insurance, he will have to pay the reinstatement fee and be suspended through at least Aug. 18."
Despite his suspension, Pryor drove up to a players-only meeting Monday night in a used black Nissan 350Z sports car with 30-day plates, according to the Associated Press. Calls by USA Today to Pryor were not immediately returned.
Pryor already is facing a five-game suspension next season for trading Ohio State football memorabilia for money and tattoos from Columbus tattoo parlor owner Edward Rife, who pleaded guilty last week to federal drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges.
Pryor's football coach at Jeannette (Pa.) High, Ray Reitz, said Pryor is being targeted for Ohio State's NCAA troubles.
"He's a scapegoat," said Reitz, now coach at Latrobe (Pa.) High. "That's what I see. He's been in a fishbowl since he's been there. It's a life's lesson in how fast people turn on you."
Reitz said he hadn't talked with Pryor recently but had been trying to reach him.
When former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel first found out about players exchanging sports memorabilia for tattoos and cash in April 2010, he e-mailed Jeannette businessman Ted Sarniak, who has been described as a mentor to Pryor and was involved in his recruitment. Reitz said that while Pryor's connections to Sarniak, 67, might have raised red flags, Reitz never saw any improprieties.
"It probably wasn't a good thing when you look at it from the outside, but I didn't see anything as far as gifts being exchanged between the two," Reitz said. "I didn't see Teddy doing anything wrong, as far as violations."