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Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 3:56 pm

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember that whole story about the University of Miami and prostitutes and cash gifts to players? Yeah, that was really awkward for a while when NFL reporters had to ask former members of the Hurricanes football team that were named in Yahoo Sports' report about their involvement with Nevin Shapiro, the booster who made the claims while sitting in jail for running a Ponzi scheme.

It's about to get way worse, though, because the 72 named players in the report will be subpoenaed by the bankruptcy trustee in the Shapiro case, Joel Tabas, and requested to pay back the money that they reportedly received from Shapiro at Miami.

"They can't ignore it — it's a subpoena issued by a bankruptcy court," Tabas' attorney Gary Freedman said, per the Miami Herald. "If they ignore it, we will seek an order from the court to compel them to respond. If they don't respond, they will face a contempt order."

Now, things are absolutely going to get escalated for Miami's football program very quickly, as those players, if they answer the subpoena and pay back anything they received, will have admitted to a violation. (More or less anyway.) That's a potential death knell for Miami's football program.

It'll also be awkward for the players, many of whom are currently employed by NFL teams. For starters, they will either a) not answer the subpoena and face legal charges of contempt, b) answer the subpoena and provide information that they received no benefits, c) answer the subpoena and provide misinformation that they received no benefits and face perjury charges or d) answer the subpoena, provide information that they received benefits and admit to committing an NCAA violation.

"I am asking them to fill out an affidavit," Freedman said. "If an athlete gives misinformation, it would be considered perjury."

Does this mean that all the NFL players on the list that Yahoo published -- and there's a substantial number of them -- will be faced with potential discipline stemming from their actions as amateur athletes even though they lost that status a long time ago?

You wouldn't think so, but certain NFL punishments recently meted out hint at a sense of randomness.

And besides, the bigger issue may be any potential illicit activity that those players engaged in, and/or their willingness to return as much as $53,000 to a bankruptcy court for something that happened a long time ago.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:54 pm
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Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 11:51 am

Pryor thought he was going to Miami or Washington

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrelle Pryor is the newest member of the Raiders, costing Al Davis team a third-rounder in 2012 thanks to their decision to reach for draft him in the third round of this season's supplemental draft.

But Pryor apparently didn't think he was headed to Oakland, and believed that Dolphins and Redskins had the most interest in him.

"I thought Miami or maybe the Redskins," Pryor says in an interview with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that will air Tuesday.  "I talked to Miami a bunch of times.  That's where I thought I was gonna end up going, but I’m happy where I'm at right now.  I couldn't be happier, and I definitely appreciate the opportunity to play for the Oakland Raiders."

Pryor adds that he heard nothing from the Raiders leading up to the supplemental draft. That's amusing considering that the Raiders must have thought they were being really sneaky with their interest in Pryor, but that was pointless since everyone knew they were interested the moment Pryor ran a 4.36 in the 40 at his pro day.

Pryor's Journey to Oakland

Meanwhile, in other Pryor news, Jim Tressel, speaking from Colts training camp, told Albert Breer of the NFL Network that he believes Pryor's going to have a lot of success at the NFL level.

"He's the biggest perfectionist I've ever been around," Tressel told Breer from Colts camp. "Football means a great deal to him, his teammates mean a great deal to him, he wants to help a franchise win, and he has one of the biggest hearts of any kid I've been around. There was a lot of pressure on him at Ohio State. We didn't expect him to start as a freshman at Ohio State, but he we needed him and he delivered. He's carried a lot of pressure. He's just a special kid."

Tressel also said "it'll be scary" to see what Pryor can do on the NFL level now that he's not dealing with "going to class, doing schoolwork, and the social aspects of being that age." (Must. Not. Make. Jokes ...)

If -- and it's a reasonably big if -- Pryor can be successful as an NFL quarterback, the Raiders will have found themselves a rare steal. If he ends up being a marginally successful wide receiver, they blatantly overpaid for him.

And if he's a really fast athlete who doesn't really produce at an NFL level, none of those traits that Tressel praises will matter. But all of that -- plus the fact that Pryor's the first-ever athlete to be suspended by the NFL for something he did in college -- are what make him such an enigma.

Which is why we'll be talking about him all season, even if he spends 2011 either suspended or being a rich man's Armanti Edwards.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:33 pm
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Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:19 am

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

Posted by Will Brinson

The beginning of the 2011 season looms on the horizon, and for a few as-yet-drafted folks, so does the August 17 NFL supplemental draft. One of those folks is Terrelle Pryor, whose status for said draft is still up in the air.

To clear the air, Pryor is reportedly seeking to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell on either Monday or Tuesday and determine exactly where he stands with the NFL. That's according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who also reports that Pryor has apparently "already shown that it was inevitable he was going to get kicked out of Ohio State."

This is important because the NFL's basis for keeping Pryor out currently revolves around his simply leaving school and hiring an agent. PFT also obtained a statement from Pryor's attorney, David Cornwell, in which Pryor's representation sounds confident that he'll end up eligible for the draft.

"We have been in discussions with the Commissioner’s office over the past week to address the NFL's concerns," Cornwell wrote. "I am confident that once the NFL has a full understanding of the facts, Terrelle will be part of Wednesday’s supplemental draft."

The supplemental draft is this Wednesday, which leaves very little time for Pryor to get approved by the NFL and then hold a pro day. Previously it was believed that at least three teams were interested in checking out what the former Buckeye had to offer, but because of Pryor's status, he had to postpone his earlier scheduled pro day.

Even without a pro day, though, someone will, we'd think, take a flier on Pryor anyway, simply based on his talent alone. Especially if it only cost them a sixth-round pick in 2012.

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 10:18 pm

Terrelle Pryor not on supplemental draft list yet

Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday we mentioned that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor set up a pro day in anticipation of the NFL's Supplemental Draft on August 17. So here's some bad news: he's not eligible for the draft.


On the first part, Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the league sent a memo to all its teams with a list of players eligible for supplemental draft. Running back Caleb King of Georgia is on the list, but Pryor is not.

However, on the "yet" part, LaCanfora cites multiple sources who say the league "could make a final determination" on his eligibility later as a result of the fact that it's decision-making process for the supplemental draft is "rolling."

And Pryor's agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed as much on Tuesday afternoon.

"We spoke with the NFL today and were told that no decision has been made yet regarding Terrelle's eligibility for the supplemental draft," Rosenhaus tweeted on Tuesday.

Despite the lack of a decision on Pryor, multiple reports have emerged noting teams that will be in attendance for Pryor's pro day. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Browns will attend, John Keim of the Washington Examiner reports the Redskins will show up, and Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys will be there as well.

This uncertainty for Pryor actually vibes with all the reports we've heard since he decided to bounce out of Ohio State after their program got a not-so-friendly visit from the NCAA.

In fact, that aforementioned visit probably has a lot to do with the NFL's decision -- they don't want to grant eligibility to someone who doesn't actually meet the requirements for the supplemental draft. (The league's concern with Pryor is that didn't exactly suffer from a "hardship" that "changed his status" and whatnot.)

So it's possible that Pryor could still get a shot at the NFL in 2011. He's certainly made it clear that he doesn't care when he gets taken or where he goes -- he just wants to play in the NFL.

Unfortunately at the moment, another league is looking like his best option, though things can certainly change.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 7:36 pm

Hot Routes 6.3.11: Cooley is a Jerky Boy?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • I hate to keep talking about zany members of the Washington organization, but this story about Chris Cooley's prank-call love is just too good to pass up. Apparently, Cooley spent the offseason playing jokes and jokes and jokes on people via the phone. Via Andrew Sharp of SB Nation, Cooley went on Rich Eisen's podcast and told stories about pranks he likes to pull. He called Carson Palmer, he claims, and pretended to be John Elway and told him, "Listen, I hate Tim Tebow. I want you. I want you out here in Denver." And then he called Elway and pretended to be Carson and then he called John Fox ... and, well, it really doesn't sound like it can be true. But either way, it's enjoyable.

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