Pryor on OSU: 'They don't really accept me'
Terrelle Pryor is still unhappy about his premature exit from Ohio State Buckeyes.
Pryor told the Columbus Dispatch that he has "moved on" from his fractured relationship with Ohio State, which has banned the quarterback from any contact with the school's athletic program.
"That's my school, but they don't really accept me," Pryor, now the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, told the Dispatch. "I've moved on to what I have now, and that's just football."
Pryor quarterbacked Ohio State to three consecutive Big Ten titles from 2008-10 and led the Buckeyes to victories in the 2010 Rose Bowl and the 2011 Sugar Bowl. Ohio State went 31-4 in games that Pryor started.
But Pryor received a five-year ban from the school in July 2011 after a lengthy NCAA investigation of one of the nation's premier football powerhouses. The NCAA looked into players trading signed memorabilia, trophies and championship rings to a tattoo parlor owner for services, and five players -- including Pryor -- were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season.
Although his actions led to NCAA sanctions for Ohio State and the ouster of then-Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, Pryor still is resentful about his exit from the university.
"Those guys kicked me out of school after all those things I did for them," Pryor told the Dispatch.
A Raiders official eventually ended Pryor's interview with the Dispatch and sent the quarterback out of the locker room, the paper reported.
"Guy, we're not going to talk about Ohio State right now," the team official said, according to the Dispatch.
The school-imposed ban prompted Pryor to enter the NFL's 2011 supplemental draft, where he was selected by the Raiders.
After not appearing in a game in 2011 and playing sparingly in 2012, Pryor has been tabbed as the Raiders' starter this season. The 24-year-old has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 343 yards and also has rushed for 162 yards in two games this season, the highest total among NFL quarterbacks.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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