Former Ohio St. Buckeyes QB Terrelle Pryor spoke Tuesday about his exit from the school and his future football plans. While the biggest news was his announcement that he'll join the NFL Supplemental Draft, most of his message concerned the university and fanbase he's leaving, along with a personal "shout-out" to coach Jim Tressel and a declaration of his intent to come back and graduate:
In terms of Ohio State, I'd like to say sorry to the coaching staff, say sorry to my teammates, say sorry to all Buckeye Nation and all Buckeye fans across the country. I never meant to hurt anybody directly or indirectly with my conduct off the field, and I am truly sorry.
In terms of coach Jim Tressel, a special shout-out - I'm sorry for what all went down. I apologize with all my heart. I love you just like a father. You taught me a lot, and I apologize for putting you in a situation and taking you out of a job at a place where you love to be. I regret the fact you're not there any more, and I regret the fact I'm not there any more.
In terms of Ohio State, I have nine more credits left at The Ohio State University, and I'd like to come back and graduate some time, finish my degree, and graduate as a Buckeye.
Roll your eyes all you want at that last part, and it's hard to take his concern for the school without at least a grain of salt considering he's already had to publicly apologize to Buckeye Nation once, but his words on Tressel read like grown-man s---. To me, at least.
For more Ohio State, join Buckeyes community Along The Olentangy, SB Nation Cleveland and Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire. Also catch up on the latest news surrounding the Terrelle Pryor cars investigation, Pryor's football future, the scandal unfortunately labeled Tatgate and Jim Tressel's resignation.