---St. Joe's quarterback Chad Kelly, who is being recruited heavily by UB, ranks 80th on ESPNU's Top 150 rankings. Kelly, the nephew of Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, is the No. 5 ranked QB on the list.
Kelly is also being recruited by Syracuse Clemson, Alabama, Florida State and Michigan State among others. Kelly and Rochester offensive tackle Jarron Jones are the only New Yorkers mentioned. Jones has already verballed to Penn State.
---Looks like there's more trouble for Ohio State as former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor made thousands of dollars autographing memorabilia in 2009-10, a former friend who says he witnessed the transactions has told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." The signings for cash, which would be a major violation of NCAA rules, occurred a minimum of 35-40 times, netting Pryor anywhere from $20,000-$40,000, the former friend says. Pryor announed on Tuesday that he won't return for his senior year.
---A week after Ohio State coach Jim Tressel resigned, quarterback Terrelle Pyor announced, through his agent, that he has decided not to return for his senior season, ending his career with the Buckeyes.
“In the best interest of my teammates, I have made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at The Ohio State University,” Pryor said in a statement released by his lawyer, Larry James.
Pryor was one of five players currently under suspension for the first five game of the 2011 season because of their involvement in selling memorabilia for cash and tattoos.
---A day after Jim Tressel's forced resignation for lying about Ohio State players receiving improper benefits, the focus has shifted to the investigation of quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his succession of used cars. The salesman who put Pryor behind the wheel of several vehicles said in a sworn affidavit released by Ohio State that he didn't offer any special deals to Buckeyes.
---St. Francis product Doug Worthington, pictured above, has been implicated in a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal at Ohio State that forced Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel to resign on Monday.
Sports Illustrated.com reported late Monday night that Worthington, who played at Ohio State from 2005-09, is one of 28 players – 22 more than the university has acknowledged – involved in the scandal. According to SI.com, Worthington traded or sold Ohio State memorabilia before his eligibility expired according to a source who is referred to in the story by the pseudonym Ellis. Worthington is mentioned on page 3 in the article.
Others named by Ellis as players who traded or sold memorabilia before their eligibility expired are defensive ends Robert Rose and Thaddeus Gibson, wide receivers Lamaar Thomas and Ray Small and running back Jermil Martin.
Through his agent, Worthington declined to comment to SI and attempts by the Buffalo News to reach Worthington this morning were unsuccessful.
In this article published by the ozone.net on May 4, Worthington supports Tressel: “He looked out for his players, and rightfully so. Obviously, they got him where he’s at. As far as the whole FBI situation, he did what’s best for those kids. They didn’t tamper with the FBI situation. There’s a lot more than sports writers and other people could really fathom that’s a lot higher than sports.”
Worthington was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft and was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad last November.
---Ohio State's Jim Tressel, who met with coaches and players this morning to announce his resignation, was encouraged to resign, sources told The Columbus Dispatch.
Less than three months after President E. Gordon Gee and Athletics Director Gene Smith said they fully supported their embattled coach, mounting pressure, a pending NCAA disciplinary hearing and new revelations about the culture of the program forced the university to act on their once-revered coach, sources said. University officials wouldn't confirm that Tressel was asked to resign.
This will set a chain reaction that will open up at least two BCS coaching jobs. Here's one thought: Nebraska's Bo Pelini goes to Ohio State which clears the lane for Turner Gill to freturn home to Nebraska. That leaves Kansas to go after a rising star like Toledo's Tim Beckman. The Rockets would then hire a hot BCS assistant. See? Simple.
Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.