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Terrelle Pryor kicked off OSU bus for wearing jeans?

Dec 28, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

Fact: Landing in the Rose Bowl will net the Big Ten Conference $18 million. The game is a contractual sellout, and individual tickets are going for $145 … not to mention the boon to the Los Angeles economy. A cash cow for all involved. Except for the players, of course.
Meanwhile, Ohio State’s best player, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, was kicked out of a team function at a Beverley Hills restaurant by head coach Jim Tressel for wearing jeans. Because if there’s anything that’s not at all antiquated and foolish in this day and age, it’s college sports dress codes. Let’s see … Bernie Madoff dressed pretty well, didn’t he? And Jesus Christ was a little less formal. Which would you want your son to emulate?


The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Pryor, defensive lineman Doug Worthington and junior defensive end Thaddeus Gibson were shooed off the team bus on Sunday because they were wearing jeans, and not the more formal pants required per Tressel’s dress code. The players missed Ohio State’s dinner at Lawry’s, a prime rib restaurant in Beverly Hills that hosts a traditional Rose Bowl week meal.

“I just didn’t think it should have been a big deal about it,” Pryor said. “Some of my teammates said it wasn’t as classy as it was supposed to be. But Coach Tress is a classy guy and what he wants we have to do. We just forgot our pants. Nothing against the team or anything like that. I apologize to the team we didn’t make. I’m kind of mad we missed a good meal, a free meal at that.”

Instead, Pryor said he went with Worthington and Gibson to a nearby mall and had some prime rib there.

From SportsbyBrooks:

Yes, Pryor is the best player on a team that generated $36M in profit for Ohio State last year, essentially paying for all other sports teams at the school save men’s hoops. Yes, Ohio State will sell thousands of Pryor #2 jerseys this season. Yes, Pryor’s play will ultimately inspire many non-athletes to enroll at the school. And yes, Pryor’s a big reason why Ohio State will enjoy an $18M(!) Rose Bowl payout this year.

But, he was wearing jeans.

I have no problem with a team dress code, but when college athletes generate as much revenue as they do in football and basketball, it’s a little absurd for someone like Tressel to bar Pryor from a team function for wearing jeans.

Simply put; when a man who routinely wears a sweater vest is telling you how you must dress, it’s time for a revolt.
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Wrong pants led Ohio State coach Jim Tressel to bar Terrelle Pryor and other Buckeyes from prime rib meal [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Pryor: Makes Millions For OSU, Can’t Wear Jeans [SportsbyBrooks]

  1. smokehouse - Dec 28, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Rick Chandler is a total mess. With your sense of right or wrong, I’m sure you voted for Obama and will never tell anyone you did.

  2. Cliff - Dec 28, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    No, No, I am guessing that with Chandler’s convoluted reasoning he voted for Bush (again) (for the 3rd time). No where near smart enough to vote for Obama.

  3. Musthavebeenspoiled - Dec 28, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Who cares how much $ any player brings to the table….it’s called RULES just like you have at work….follow them or take you column or his collegiate playing time and run to the NFL!

  4. pete - Dec 28, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    WOW !!!! that is the worst ! Are you are a sports writer ? I bet you never played a team sport in your life , with comments like that . Did the chess club let you wear anything you wanted , when you we represented them ? Bet not , your just mad no one wanted you to represent them !!!

  5. Jim - Dec 28, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Chandler -this is such tripe . Rules are for a reason and believe it or not dress codes instill discipline.
    Cliff… he voted for Obama. BTW Obama received the largest ever votes from those without a high school diploma.

  6. Tombstone7 - Dec 28, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Coach Tresell and the Athletic Department should purchase outfits for the team. That way, they will all look alike……if Tresell wanted him in nice pants, then he and OSU should share a portion of the gross revenue of the gate receipt with all the players and call it for what it is…..B/S

  7. Ed - Dec 28, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    No one is exempt from team rules. The team rules are what they are. Discipline is one of the top reasons that Tress lands top recruits. If you don’t enforce it, you lose it. TP nor any other player, past or present, deserve a pass. Chandler is clueless.

  8. Tony Troiano - Dec 28, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Does Chandler know anything at all about sports, much less team? I don’t need to go into discipline and rules as others have already discussed those items. Bottom line: Pryor and the other guys knew the rules and broke them, and there were consequences. Thank goodness Coach Tressel has these type guidelines and enforces them. Madoff and Jesus Christ? I can only hope this was Chandler’s poorest example of journalism. However, I am quite certain he tops himself frequently. He embarrassed himself with this garbage.

  9. Jim Guida - Dec 28, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Geez, Chandler, what is with reporting stuff that is odd and funny and sports-related? We’re still at war in Afghanistan, so why don’t you solve THAT problem? Darn sports humor blogs think they should only write about stuff that is, you know, sporty and, uh, unusual.
    By the way, I know Chandler graduated high school. It was the best five years of our lives.

  10. Kafka - Dec 28, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    …Jim.
    And your post means what? Assuming that your comment is based on unbiased fact what is your point?
    Ignorant people always fascinate me…Dealing with them and their paradigms is like being forced to chew glass. Always painful and unnecessary but you’re curious just the same.

  11. doug - Dec 28, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Coach was right!!! It is not asking to much of these young men to show respect for their, coach, time and school by observing the dress code. I fogot my dress pants is not a acceptable excuse at this point in the season.

  12. TUSC - Dec 28, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    What crap, Chandler!
    Let’s see if I have this correct: 2 + 2 = 555.
    Looked at another way, Chandler, I believe you are suggesting the Rose Bowl will make everyone a lot of money, but the players get none of it etc., etc., etc. Therefore, it’s now okay if said players revolt in any manner deemed appropriate, up to and including the violation of any team rule, but in particular the silly OSU rule that forbids team members from wearing jeans to team social functions.
    You know what? If Tressel hadn’t disinvited Pryor from the team outing I would have been very disappointed. Now, however, because he did enforce the rule, I’m only disappointed because there are total idiots out there like you blogging away as though you were even half-witted.

  13. Joey - Dec 28, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    In case Chandler has missed it, there are dress codes in pro sports where the guys do get paid, as well. And the vast majority of the team did follow the rules. Does Chandler think they’re all morons for listening to their coach, or does he think that only the stars should get to do whatever they want while the “little people” do all the team stuff?

  14. Jake - Dec 29, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Mr Chandler:
    You speak of the millions generated by college football. All quite correct, but you neglect the fact that a great majority of these players are on full scholarships. Ever calculate what that amounts to?
    Is it too much to ask they follow the team rules?

  15. ndn541 - Dec 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    I wonder if Pryor and his homies were wearing those $100 a pair jeans that were about 10 sizes to big, and I wonder if they were also wearing those oversized puffy ski-jackets?…Coach Tressel did the right thing. The players knew the rules and chose to break them, I think the coach should bench them come game-time. What’s that ole’ saying?…you can take a brotha’ out of the hood, but you’ll never be able to take the hood out of the brotha’.

  16. ndn541 - Dec 29, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Mr. Chandler,
    Is this the same Pyror that honored that convicted felon MVick by tattooing Vick’s name under his eyeballs? Then used an asnine analogy about murderers, killings, and stealing to explain his action? I’d like to see you use your jounalistic talents to report on this.

  17. buckeyefollower - Dec 29, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    It is all about following directions. My employer has a dress code, Pryor’s boss had a dress code. If you can’t follow the rules there are consequences. Mr. Pryor can set the rules someday when he is the coach. Kudo’s to Tressel for teaching a good life lesson.

  18. Mister Magoo - Dec 29, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    I loved the Jesus Christ – Bernie Madoff query. Chandler – can you explain to me how you got a by-line for a major sports publication? It certainly can’t be because of anything that you know as your comparison is as inept as your knowledge of the subject matter. I presume you do have an editor; moving the blame forward…

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