COLUMBUS, Ohio - The attorney for Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor says the quarterback won't return for his senior season with the Buckeyes.
Columbus lawyer Larry James says his client would most likely make himself available for an NFL supplemental draft.
In a statement, Pryor said simply, "In the best interest of my teammates, I have made the decision to forego my senior year of football at The Ohio State University."
Pryor had already been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for accepting improper benefits from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner. The NCAA is looking into all aspects of Ohio State's once-glittering program, from cash and tattoos to players, cars and other potential violations.
Pryor's announcement comes just eight days after Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign for knowing about the players' improper benefits.
OSU Director of Athletics Gene Smith released a statement. It reads, "We understand Terrelle's decision and wish him well in this next phase of his life. We hope he returns to The Ohio State University one day to finish his degree."
A statement by head coach Luke Fickel reads, "I was notified this evening that Terrelle has decided to pursue a professional career. I wish him the best in his pursuits."