The Ohio Supreme Court is threatening to find in contempt of court the attorney whose emails triggered an NCAA investigation that cost the football coach his job at Ohio State University.
Ohio State's former quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been ruled eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft, but his five-game suspension he received from Ohio State for rules violations has been transferred to the NFL.
The NFL announced the ruling on Pryor Thursday at about 9:25 a.m., and the supplemental draft will be held on Monday.
The NFL released a statement about the decision saying, "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."
Pryor will be able to play in the preseason, but won't be able to practice or play in until the sixth week of the season, the ruling said.
"You can't break rules that undermine the integrity of our eligibility rules and get a free pass into the NFL," league spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted.
The suspension was issued by the NFL because of "conduct that undermined the integrity of NFL eligibility rules," Aiello wrote on Twitter.
Pryor's eligibility for the supplemental draft had been in limbo because he needed to show the NFL that there had been a change in his college eligibility since the time of the April draft. The NFL's ruling comes after Pryor's lawyer David Cornwell allegedly told the NFL that Pryor had received improper benefits by taking money from mentor Ted Sarniak to help make car payments, which would have made him ineligible this season.
"Ultimately we are pleased that Terrelle will have the opportunity to fulfill his dream to dream to play in the NFL," Cornwell told ESPN. "Personally, I hope this causes everyone to pause and conclude that we must challenge the NCAA on its 'amateurism' rules. Terrelle is going to the NFL because the NCAA mandated that he feed their families, but he could not feed his own."
Pryor's agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Sportscenter Thursday that the quarterback will hold a pro-day Saturday in Pittsburgh, where he will run the 40-yard dash and complete passing and agility drills. Opinion is mixed on where Pryor will get drafted, as Rosenhaus previously said he expects him to be a first-round pick, but many draft experts have projected Pryor to get picked in the middle rounds.
The man who was once the most recognizable name in Ohio college football starts his new job on another Ohio campus.