In addition to being notified that Terrelle Pryor may be selected in the Supplemental Draft, NFL clubs were informed that Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules. This resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football. Pryor then applied to enter the NFL after the regular draft. Pryor had accepted at the end of the 2010 college football season a suspension for the first five games of the 2011 season for violating NCAA rules.
In his decision allowing Pryor to enter the Supplemental Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell determined that Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs. Pryor may be selected in the Supplemental Draft, negotiate and sign a contract with an NFL club, and fully participate in the remainder of the preseason.
Is this the start of something new? Allowing players banned by the NCAA to enter the NFL early?
Is Goodell setting a dangerous precedent here? The NFL says no, but a court of law may rule in the future and point to this exemption as a precedent. This could blow up the college football model....
What happens to players who are already in the league that are found guilty of improprieties down the road? Should the Miami Hurricane players get a pass? Or Reggie Bush? How about Pete Carroll?
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