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Terrelle Pryor Leaving Ohio State University

Ohio St. University quarterback Terelle Pryor will not be returning to the Buckeyes this upcoming college football season.

Pryor’s announcement came through his attorney on Tuesday, following an NCAA investigation that left the quarterback suspended for the first five games of next season, and accused Pryor of taking more than $40,000 in improper benefits.

“In the best interests of my teammates, I’ve made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at The Ohio State University,” Pryor said in a statement issued by Columbus lawyer Larry James.

Pryor will make himself available for the NFL supplemental draft or could take his talents to the United Football League.

The Ohio St. football program, Coach Jim Tressell and Terrelle Pryor have been at the center of an Ohio St. football scandal since news broke in December that Ohio State players violated NCAA rules by selling a Columbus tattoo parlor owner several pieces of memorabilia.

Five players have been suspended and head football coach Jim Tressell resigned last week, due to speculation that he knew about the violations, but did not report them.

Terrelle Pryor was also accused of signing autographs for money, and is believed to have made between $20,000-$40,000 doing so last year.

“We understand Terrelle’s decision and wish him well in this next phase of his life,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said. “We hope he returns to The Ohio State University one day to finish his degree.”

“You know how sometimes you have the weight of the world on your shoulders and then something like this takes a little bit off?” Pryor’s attorney Larry James said. “He’s still only 21.”

“He did not want to be a a distraction to his teammates. This is something he came to consider after much thought.”

If you can’t take the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen.

That’s exactly what Terrelle Pryor is doing.