It's Probably a Good Idea for Ohio State to Limit Terrelle Pryor's Media Access


When you’re named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year not once, but twice and yet still uninvited to Big Ten Media Day on both occasions, it really says something about your University’s interest in having you talk with the press.

Such is the case with Ohio State Buckeyes QB Terrelle Pryor.

And despite all the substantial efforts by Ohio State marketing and
public relations professionals to limit Pryor’s access and/or augment
his public persona, he’s still getting as much publicity from his verbal
gaffes as he is from his play on the college football field.


Every sports blog picked up Pryor’s Michael Vick endorsement in 2008. It even made the Colbert Report. And in order to prevent more “I know everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever” type of soundbites from getting into circulation, OSU instead brought their 7th, 15th, and 25th best players to Media Day in 2009.

In 2010 once again, Pryor was THE player to watch in the Big Ten; the guy EVERYONE wanted to talk to, and of course talk about. It’s a swarm, it’s a zoo every time he
comes out to a press gathering. Partially because of his name
recognition, partially because you never know when he’s going to say
something stupid again and give us all great copy.

Pryor once took offense from the analysis of ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit,
whom TPezzy2 (as he’s known on Twitter) called “a fake Buckeye” for
questioning the quarterback’s persona on the field. Pryor had a solid
season, a pretty good one indeed. But at least four Big Ten QBs: Scott
Tolzien, Dan Persa, Denard Robinson and Ricky Stanzi out-played him this
year. And since you recall Pryor was the #1 recruit of his class in
’07, you have to comparatively measure him nationally, not in relation
to conference.

Which means he’s obviously falling way short of the astronomical
expectations placed upon him. And if you look at his statistical splits
versus ranked and non-ranked opponents, you’ll see his numbers are
pedestrian at best in the big games.

Outside of last year’s Rose Bowl, he hasn’t really done much of
anything against good competition. Of course, he still believes he has
all the answers. And isn’t afraid to share it publicly.

Here’s what Pryor has been saying lately, according to Fox Sports Ohio. Who summed it all up perfectly

Asked about how he would fare if operating an offense like
Auburn’s Cameron Newton, Michigan’s Denard Robinson or Northwestern’s
Dan Persa, Pryor told the Tribune:

“I’ll put it like this: You put me in any of their offenses –
any of them – and I’d dominate. I’d dominate the nation. What those
guys do, that’s what they’re supposed to do in their offense. They
carry the ball 30 times a game. I carry the ball maybe five times.
There are times I didn’t even run the ball. You put me in any of their
offenses, where I can run the ball and have a chance to throw, I would
dominate college football.”

Tressel said earlier this year OSU’s best play was allowing Pryor
to scramble and make something happen on the fly, so it’s not like the
head man has handcuffed his quarterback.

Third, Pryor said when he came to Ohio State that the reason he
rejected Michigan and Oregon was because he didn’t want to run the
spread offense, but develop into an NFL quarterback.

What Pryor told the Tribune is a direct shot at his head coach
and the Ohio State offensive staff. How could it be taken any
differently, when Pryor emphasized three times that in “any” of the
offenses in question he would “dominate” college football?

What Pryor campaigned for – making himself the focal point – is
exactly what Ohio State has done virtually from the day he reported to

“They weren’t better than us. Everybody knows that if we play nine out of 10 times, we’d beat Wisconsin.”

A lot of Pryor’s unintentionally memorable quotes are sourced from Twitter. You can add to his 18,000+ followers by going here

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports , a Midwest webzine. He’s also a regular contributor to the Tribune’s Chicago Now network, Walter, Yardbarker Network, and Fox

You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank

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  • You forgot to mention he was a scholar athlete and he has an event every year to raise money for research for the disease his father has or when he found his Sr. year in high school that the OSU coach that was recruiting him had cancer, he called him and said he was praying for him.

    Most importantly, how many college quarterbacks nationally can say they are 30-4 as a starter and easily could have 32-2.

    Furthermore, Why didn't you quote the whole article? This kid runs a 4.35 and would dominate in a spread. Just let this kid play ball. Who knows if he will reach his potential next year, but he does not deserve the criticism since he has broke no laws and is a scholar athlete in excellent standing at OSU. Cam Newton has way more baggage than Pryor but has gotten less scrutiny.

  • Ask Cecil Newton if Cam Newton has had scrutiny...believe me that family has gotten their hate mail and death threats and all those other awful things.

    TPeezy2 may have outstanding character and work habits, but this isn't a post about his character, it's about how he presents that persona to the public. I said he's awful at impression management, I didn't say anything about him being an awful person.

    And I didn't say he doesn't win, I even said he had a good season. He just didn't have a great season, and he didn't put up very good numbers vs. good competition

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