Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has taken his last snap in Scarlet and Gray.
Many Buckeye fans were done with Pryor. They wanted him out, wanted to turn a new page.
But in a much harsher reality, problems are far from resolved for the Ohio State football program.
Interim head coach Luke Fickell, athletic director Gene Smith and President E. Gordon Gee have until July 5 to provide responses to 42 inquiries from the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations addressed to Gee April 21.
University representatives – including former head coach Jim Tressel and Fickell – are scheduled to meet with the Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12.
The problems not only apply to off-the-field problems, but there is now a touchdown-producing hole in the defending Big Ten champions’ offense.
In the 2010 season, Pryor accounted for 2,272 passing yards, 754 rushing yards and 31 total touchdowns.
In addition to Pryor missing the entire season, five other players are already suspended for a portion of the season.
The NCAA suspended Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the upcoming season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting earned a one-game suspension.
Former OSU linebacker Brian Rolle tweeted from his account Tuesday, @rolly_polly36, that the constant turmoil Buckeyes everywhere are experiencing is frustrating.
“You’ve got to be kidding me TP,” Rolle said on Twitter. “Heartbreak after heartbreak… feels like an abusive relationship.”
Where does this leave the remaining Buckeyes?
The 2011 OSU squad will begin looking at the four quarterback options for the season.
OSU tight end Jake Stoneburner summarized it on his twitter account, @STONEYeleven.
“KG, BM, JB, TG… Time to step up fellas. This just got real,” Stoneburner tweeted Tuesday.
Stoneburner was referring to Kenny Guiton (KG), Braxton Miller (BM), Joe Bauserman (JB) and Taylor Graham (TG).
During the 2011 Spring Game, all four quarterbacks saw playing time and all four put up about comparable numbers.
Pryor’s lawyer, Larry James, released a statement on Pryor’s behalf.
“In the best interest of my teammates, I’ve decided to forego my senior season at Ohio State,” Pryor said in the statement.
A friend of Pryor’s and a star of near-equal stature on campus, Jared Sullinger, tweeted to Pryor from his account, @Jared_Sully0.
“We gonna miss you @TPeezy2,” Sullinger tweeted. “Had a great career hopefully that continues at the next level bro.”