There are a few things that are inevitable in life. There’s death and taxes, as the saying goes, but you could also add people trying to dodge blame and consequences. Which is exactly what Terrelle Pryor is trying to do when he announced he is leaving Ohio State football.

It’s a move that should really surprise no one. When you consider all that’s happened in this sordid affair, you knew people were going to be leaving, whether by their own accord or by the mighty hand of justice that is the NCAA. Pryor had already lost 5 games of this season and Jim Tressel already resigned, so the writing was on the wall, so to speak.  Which must have made the former QB think. If this scandal had not come to light, he would be thinking about his NFL career right now and whether he would have entered this year’s draft. However, in order to preserve said career he has decided to leave the program.

Pryor, through his attorney, claimed he was leaving in order to not be a distraction to the Buckeyes. Which is just about as believeable an excuse as Tressel’s and just about as lame as Tressel using his faith to comfort his troubled conscience. Make no mistake about it, Terrelle Pryor is focused solely on Terrelle Pryor. Why else would he do what he did? If he truely cared about the program and the sport, he would’ve adhered to the rules. He knew what he was doing was wrong, but like so many college athletes, but was lured in by money and prestige.

In his famous treatise The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli describes, among other things, the idea that a prince must be able to maintain the appearance of being honest even while being dishonest, and that such dishonesty is acceptable if it serves the prince’s purpose. Terrelle Pryor kept up the public image of being an upstanding citizen, all the while taking the improper benefits that he knew he shouldn’t. This is nothing new in college football and indeed one of the many issues that plague the sport. It remains to be seen whether this problem will be solved or if more ‘Princes’ will be discovered.