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Should Pryor pay for NCAA sins?

Got an interesting e-mail the other day from a reader regarding my column on former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Chris Turner from Keller, Texas, made the point that Pryor shouldn’t be allowed in the NFL supplemental draft because he essentially be getting off without punishment for violations which helped land Ohio State on probation and lead to the dismissal of coach Jim Tressel.

“What punishment is Pryor really getting for what he did now? Nothing. He cheated, still played in his bowl game, and instead of serving his five-game suspension and returning to Ohio State he wants to go pro and get his big contract. I just feel that we are letting the cheaters go even without even a slap on the wrist and sending the wrong message to future players that it is okay to cheat and just go pro once you get get caught and the NFL will take care of you.”

The supplemental draft has an application process, so it is within the NFL’s power to deny entry, although it would likely result in a lawsuit on Pryor’s behalf.

A few points worth making on Pryor and the price he did or did not pay:

– It’s not the NFL’s job to police the NCAA. It has enough to do keeping its own house in order. It’s not the NFL’s fault that the NCAA felt compelled to allow Pryor to play in a bowl game before serving a five-game suspension which is now off the table.

– Spare me any tears for Tressel on this as the guy who got victimized by Pryor’s misdeeds. It’s his job to keep an eye on his star players, not cover up for them.

– Agent Drew Rosenhaus not surprisingly dubbed Pryor a first-round pick at a spin session today (I hesitate to call it a press conference because no questions were taken), but if that happens, it would be a first. Conventional wisdom seems to be no one will bite until the third round at the earliest _ meaning Pryor at best will be in line for a signing bonus in the $600,000 range or less depending on how far he falls.

Before Ohio State came tumbling down, Pryor, with a strong senior year and a third straight bowl victory, could have been looking at much more guaranteed money. So he’ll lose out financially in this deal, even if he never serves a suspension of any sort.

– Pryor made some bad decisions concerning money (as many have before him that never came to public light) but there is nothing in his track record that suggests he doesn’t work hard and and take his athletic gifts seriously.

– There is no set date for the supplemental draft. It is typically held about three weeks before training camp begins. According to an NFL spokesman, the league believes it can hold a supplemental draft whether or not there is a lockout _ much as they held the regular draft in that situation.

– Fielded a few questions about the fourth-round draft pick sent to Washington in the Jason Campbell deal in light of a story awhile back that the pick came back to the Raiders if the quarterback didn’t make a Pro Bowl or other statistical incentives. According to a league source, Washington still has the Raiders pick in the fourth round.

GREAT SCOTT, A SUPER BOWL?

Defensive end Trevor Scott thinks Hue Jackson is the man to take the Raiders to the Super Bowl based on an interview he did with former teammate Jay Richardson and printed in Football News Now.

More interesting was Scott’s frank comments about having to continue to rehab his torn ACL without help from the team medical staff.

“It’s kind of been some BS, the fact that I’ve been doing my own rehab and not allowed to talk to trainers,” Scott said. “I’ve been putting my faith and my trust elsewhere to the guys rehabbing me now. It just kind of sucks the whole thing.”

Even with Scott getting just 1.5 sacks in 10 games before being injured, the Raiders had an impressive five defensive linemen with five or more sacks _ Kamerion Wimbley (9), Matt Shaughnessy (7), Tommy Kelly (7), Richard Seymour (5.5) and Lamarr Houston (5).

(I’m including Wimbley because most, if not all of his sack total came as a nickel rusher with his hand on the ground).

Scott had 12 sacks in his first two seasons.

A return to form by Scott could make the Raiders the NFL’s top natural pass rush teams.

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  • Master Beeecham

    Calm down, Krappy, you’re getting confused. Maybe time for a nap then a diaper change, eh old goat?

    Bros my Canuck Victory Jam is in full swing, got the Kool Moe Dee pumping, the PARTYBRO 8500 is cranking out the mai tais and my ladies are whipping up some chicken fingers on the bbq.

    Don’t worry, I’m getting ready to drink fresh margaritas out of my one-of-a-kind Stanley Cup replica.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    The song “hip to be square” is playing on some t.v. show right now. All I can think of is Beecham and his hot tub.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Beecham, save some room for a 69 and Huey Lewis!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    JFB, if you want to be genuine about what the Dow looked like when he inherited and it’s direction, here’s a simple graph:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/charts#chart2:symbol=^dji;range=5y;indicator=volume;charttype=line;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=off;source=undefined

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade dmac

  • Master Beeecham

    Try to stay calm MR, my little minion, because this is sure to get you and your right hand very excited:

    This morning my in-house DJ was spinning Huey’s Sports album while I was getting it on with my ladies on my bean bag.

    Just as I was about to give them the pleasure of a full Beeecham release, Heart of Rock n Roll came on and I decided to put on my water polo goggles and go another 2 hours.

    CANUCK POWER BIGGUPS

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Ha! You’re way off. I use my left hand.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Sports is a great album. Hey, I like that cheesy 80s stuff. I think everyone does. It’s just a macho thing to pretend you listened to only Slayer and Metallica then.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Oct 2008 the Dow was at 13,930. On inaguration day Jan 20 2009 the dow stood at 8279, a drop of over 59% in a little over a year in Dubya’s final term.

    http://stockcharts.com/freecharts/historical/djia2000.html

  • Master Beeecham

    I like speed metal when I’m doing drugs poolside at the Ritz or when I’m hooking up with Asian babes.

    Otherwise I have my DJ keep it 80s or classic rap, because that’s what encourages ladies to assume the 69 position.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Master Beeecham Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I like speed metal when I’m doing drugs poolside at the Ritz or when I’m hooking up with Asian babes.
    __________________________________________

    Is there a Ritz in East Sacramento?

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, about to get crackin..

    Should be intense..Nothing like it in sports…

  • Just Fire Baby

    The crazy conspiracy theorists point to the demise of the market beginning when Hillary announced she was bowing out.

    Not sure if I believe it, but the raw numbers certainly back it up.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Lol pnut butts talking Ritz…

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    The crazy conspiracy theorists point to the demise of the market beginning when Hillary announced she was bowing out.
    _________________________________________

    You think the Wall Street Meltdown had anything to do with it?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Vegas, it was actually timed to al firing lance.

    Would be a good paper for raider o … Al moving markets…

  • Raider E

    Hey Bauce,

    If the WR core is set???? I think I WON our bet….

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    I was just asking the question. If some of the largest investors didn’t like a president, I’m sure there are plenty of ways to sabotage him by making the economy look bad on his watch.

  • Just Fire Baby

    You think the Wall Street Meltdown had anything to do with it?

    *********************************

    I think the meltdown was way overdone and pushed by the pseudo-psycology of the Rush Limbaugh’s and Keith Olberman’s of the world.

    The market quickly corrected itself, and we are about where we were before the R/E bubble burst.

    Great depression my arse. It was a slight correction fueled to the extreme by talk radio, and companies piggy-backing off it as an excuse to trim the fat that was long overdue.

    My two cents.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’ve changed jobs twice since May of 2009, in two different industries in two different states.

    The jobs are out there if your worth a damn.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Vegas, what are the “Rush Limbaughs and Keith Olbermans of the world”? What does that mean?

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    The crazy conspiracy theorists point to the demise of the market beginning when Hillary announced she was bowing out.
    __________________________________________

    Here’s your raw data right here:

    http://unastronaut.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/120m4471.jpg

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve changed jobs twice since May of 2009, in two different industries in two different states.

    The jobs are out there if your worth a damn.

    …………

    You’re, not “your”.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    So the Wall Street Meltdown and Collapse of the Auto Industry was just a figment of Rush Limbaugh’s imagination?

    Yeah right.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Our economy was a lot better back when those who weren’t “worth a damn” had jobs, too.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve changed jobs twice since May of 2009, in two different industries in two different states.
    __________________________________________________

    Maybe you aren’t worth a damn either? ;-)

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Our economy, and the NFL, were much better off when the Raiders were relevant. That is why Coach needs to get to the SuperBowl and grab the Lombardi, because this country, and the NFL, needs it.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    The economy’s fine, Al Davis Macho. Aren’t you listening to JFB? If you don’t have a job today, it’s only because you’re not worth a damn. Glad MB wasn’t here to read that. As ballistic as he went earlier today over O-bama’s joke about unemployment?

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    MB, if you think O-bama sneers at the unemployed, try this for size:

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve changed jobs twice since May of 2009, in two different industries in two different states.

    The jobs are out there if your worth a damn.

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I think the meltdown was way overdone and pushed by the pseudo-psycology of the Rush Limbaugh’s and Keith Olberman’s of the world.

    The market quickly corrected itself, and we are about where we were before the R/E bubble burst.

    Great depression my arse. It was a slight correction fueled to the extreme by talk radio, and companies piggy-backing off it as an excuse to trim the fat that was long overdue.

    My two cents.

  • http://www.cnn.com RAIDER

    Can’t wait till MB comes back with all of his doom and gloom talk about O-bama’s economy. JFB just armed us with a ton of talking points, didn’t he? Thanks, Vegas!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    The market quickly corrected itself, and we are about where we were before the R/E bubble burst.
    ___________________________________________

    So far as Real Estate prices are concerned, that’s definitely not true.

  • Plunketthead

    I am a little worried about the Beech. Tia Tequila texted me, she said she left the party when Beech locked himself in the wine celler with the partyboy8000, norcobobs stash and a Luongo bighead poster.

  • Plunketthead

    Thomas or Marchon for MVP?
    I vote for Thomas

  • Plunketthead

    All the fans are still there. Game is over and nobody has headed for the exits

  • aig-raiders

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Mitt Romney I am sure will make a good run at it but lets face it most Americans still view the Mormon religion as a cult and when it comes time to cast their vote I doubt many Christians will vote for him.
    ================================================
    I’m sure there’s some truth to this. However, you also have to consider the alternative is to vote for the incumbent Islamist.
    ———–

    Mitt can’t win. He’s not charismatic enough and the repubs will beat him up hard during the primary. On top of that, his healthcare program in MA is the backbone of Obie’s program. So how is he going to differentiate himself from Obie. Pawlenty was kickin his a$$ on Fox on Sunday as ObieRomney Care. Mitt is pretty much the same dude as John Kerry.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    hmmm dammit

  • aig-raiders

    wow can’t believe Bruins won. Congrats to them. Wonder what that beech dude gonna do now? hahahahaha

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Lets hope Jannik Hansen will lift it next year then :/

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