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CFL team hopes to talk to Pryor

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Saskatchewan Roughriders acquired the rights to Terrelle Pryor and have spoken to his lawyer about bringing the former Ohio State quarterback to the Canadian Football League.

Pryor's attorney, Larry James, said Wednesday that the CFL is a genuine possibility for the former Buckeye.

"It's like I told (the Rough­riders)," James said. "My house is not for sale, but at the right price, it's on the market."

Pryor, a three-year starter, announced Tuesday he is giving up his senior season while the NCAA investigates Ohio State players getting improper benefits, including tattoos, cash and possible sweetheart deals on cars. Pryor has admitted he broke NCAA rules by accepting improper benefits from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.

Roughriders general manager Brendan Taman said the team is intrigued by the 6-foot-6, 233-pounder.

"With the (bigger) field up here in Canada … he would be an interesting component to come up here and run around and do some things as a quarterback," he said.

Taman added the investigation would not be a concern.

"If we get these talks advanced, we'd obviously have a thorough discussion with him and get input back on exactly what went down," he said. "What little I know about him, I don't think there's anything that's a major red flag that he's just totally a kid you would ignore."

Pryor has other options. He could declare for an NFL supplemental draft, although there are questions if one will be held due to the lockout. He also could rehab from January's ankle surgery while waiting for next year's NFL draft.

Sooners won't claim USC's vacated title

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops won't be laying claim to the 2004 national title the BCS stripped from USC. The Trojans beat the Sooners 55-19 in the January 2005 Orange Bowl. The victory was vacated Monday because of extra benefits received by USC's Reggie Bush.

"I don't have any thoughts (on USC's situation)," Stoops said before meeting with fans in Tulsa. "And we're not claiming any championships."

Alabama: Corey Grant, the nation's No. 5 all-purpose back coming out of high school in 2010, according to, will transfer, his high school coach said. Brian Blackmon said he doesn't know where Grant, who redshirted his only season at Alabama, will wind up. He's the fifth player to transfer from Alabama this spring.

Men's basketball: Thomas Emma, Duke's captain in 1983, fell from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to his death in an apparent suicide, police said. He was 49.

Track: Florida running back Jeff Demps failed to qualify for the 100-meter final at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The defending champion finished in 10.40 seconds, 14th among 24 in the semifinals. The favorite in the women's 100, LSU's Semoy Hackett, also did not get out of the semis. She pulled up about 10 meters short of the finish, apparently believing she had crossed it, and finished in 11.55. Florida's Stipe Zunic finished fourth in the men's javelin with a throw of 246 feet, 1 inch. Florida State's Michael Putman finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 180-6, and USF's Jared Thomas was 12th at 177-4.

CFL team hopes to talk to Pryor 06/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 12:22am]
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