Of course, many fans blame Tressel for this. They think that it is the anemic play calling, the lack of a spread offense, and other folly. They want an offensive coordinator, a quarterback coach, and anything else that might make Mr. Pryor play better. Most importantly, they want Pryor moved to a spot that better suits him, either a different offensive type (read, spread or wildcat), as a wide out, or even as a running back. The fans can not believe that this person they placed so high on a pedestal sucks so badly, and they need to find something else to blame.
Maybe they should blame Pryor, as he clearly has caused these problems himself. He wanted to go to OSU so he could learn to pass, and that is what he is trying. His recruiting agreement probably was worded to let him pass when he wants, the number of snaps he gets, and what position he plays, all of which limits Tressel’s ability to coach. Basically, Pryor screwed himself, and all of the Buckeyes, when he decided that he should be something that he is not. Now that he has realized it, he is acting out (talking back to Tressel, the eye black, turning his back to the coach while be talked to, etc.) and acting like, well, a toddler. Maybe it is time to change this.
I suggest that Jim Tressel puts Joe Bauserman (the current backup) into the game on Saturday. While Minnesota is a tough opponent, I believe that Bauserman can throw the ball well enough to win the game (something that Pryor can not do). This punishment to Pryor should calm him down, teach him a lesson, and make him work for his spot. It shows that he has lost favor, is no longer guaranteed anything, and that he has to work for it. Maybe a little competition could help drive this wild toddler towards puberty, and make him the player that he was meant to be.
If Todd Boeckman and his family were less classy, they would be holding their bellies and laughing right now.