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Terrelle Pryor leaves tainted legacy

Talented quarterback Terrelle Pryor said goodbye to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday. Derick E. Hingle/US Presswire

You can't watch Terrelle Pryor play college football and not be captivated. At his best, the 6-6, 233-pound quarterback is bigger, faster and more elusive than his opponents.

But Terrelle Pryor isn't going to play college football anymore. That's because he found an opponent just as big, just as fast and just as elusive as he. It's not the NCAA, or the media or whomever else Pryor might decide to blame for his predicament. If he wants to know who forced him to look for a paying football job a year before he wanted to leave, look in the mirror. Pryor can't feint or sprint past his own behavior.

That behavior already took the first five games of his senior season away from him. That's the length of the suspension he received after trading memorabilia for tattoos. Last week, the NCAA's decision to investigate his penchant for driving nice cars put the rest of his senior season in question.

It took little more than a week for Pryor to figure out, like his head coach before him, that Ohio State had no place for him any longer. The quarterback abruptly announced through an attorney Tuesday that he would not compete in his senior season "in the best interest of my teammates."

For Ivan Maisel's full story, click here.