Around college football: Terrelle Pryor backs court ruling against NCAA

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Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor said yesterday he supports the recent federal court decision giving college athletes the rights to sell their names and likenesses.

“I’m glad they did that,” Pryor said on Seattle radio station 710 ESPN. “The only thing I will say about that is when I was at Ohio State, all you see is red jerseys in the stands and you see a lot of No. 2s. I’ll leave it at that.”

Pryor wore No. 2 at Ohio State. He currently is with the Seattle Seahawks.

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In December 2010, at the end of his junior year, the NCAA ruled Pryor and four of his teammates would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards.

Pryor left Ohio State and was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 supplemental draft. He was traded to Seattle in April.

“It was a rule, I broke it and I was wrong for that,” Pryor said of his NCAA violations. “At the time, I was getting in trouble — and I don’t even call it being in trouble. I don’t think helping my mother, who was in need, is being in trouble. I’ll never regret that. The only thing I regret is hurting certain fans, teammates and coaches.”

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that NCAA limits on what major-college football and men’s basketball players can receive for playing “unreasonably restrain trade” in violation of antitrust laws.

Wilken, in a ruling in favor of a group of plaintiffs led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, issued an injunction that will prevent the NCAA “from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images, and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid.”

The NCAA plans to appeal the decision.

Notable

• Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, a Dublin Coffman graduate, said he doesn’t expect to miss practice time after suffering a bruised knee in a scrimmage last week.

• Duke linebacker Kelby Brown will miss the season after suffering a knee injury during a preseason scrimmage.

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