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Some NFL Execs Express Opposition To 18-Game Schedule, Citing Weather Concerns
Published August 18, 2011
OK TO PLAY: ESPN.com reports the NFL today declared former Ohio State Univ. QB Terrelle Pryor is eligible for Monday's supplemental draft, but "ruled that he will not be able to play in the first five games of the 2011 season after he signs a contract." David Cornwell, Pryor's attorney, said that he and his client "were happy with the NFL's decision but said the NCAA must be challenged on its 'amateurism' rules." Pryor withdrew from OSU in June after he was "suspended by the school and the NCAA for the first five games of what would have been his senior season this fall for accepting improper benefits, such as cash and discounted tattoos" (ESPN.com, 8/18). CBSSPORTS.com's Mike Freeman yesterday reported the NFL, NFLPA and college football were "considering a series of actions that would discipline players who are busted in college for violating NCAA rules, then skip to the pros unscathed." Sources said that the NFL "would like to enact fines and possibly even suspensions for a player once he enters the NFL if that player was found to have broken the rules while in college." Such an action "would be unprecedented in American professional sports." One "potential proposal is that if it's determined that a player, after he is drafted and subsequently makes an NFL roster, was shown to have violated NCAA rules, the player would be fined by the NFL." The money "would go to paying the school's legal fees or to a scholarship program." Freeman noted while the proposal "seems unlikely to survive legal challenges, it's an indication the NFL sees the increasing college scandals as a threat to its image" (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/17).