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Ohio State quarterback Pryor won’t return to Columbus

Football: Terrelle Pryor’s career at Ohio State, which started with so much promise and potential, came to an abrupt and scandal-ridden end.

The Ohio State quarterback (pictured above) announced through his attorney Tuesday that he would not play for the Buckeyes this season. He had already been suspended for the first five games for breaking NCAA rules by accepting improper benefits from a tattoo parlor owner.

“In the best interests of my teammates, I’ve made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at The Ohio State University,” Pryor said in a statement issued by Columbus lawyer Larry James.

Pryor will most likely make himself available for an NFL supplemental draft.

The NCAA is looking into all aspects of Ohio State’s program, from cash and tattoos to players, cars deals for athletes and other potential violations.

( See column, Page B3)

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Cheney selects Soter as coach

Boys basketball: Cheney High announced the hiring of Joel Soter to replace Ryan Fitzgerald as boys basketball coach.

Soter, a teacher at Bancroft School, has been coaching at Rogers High and previously worked at Ferris. His undergraduate degree is from Eastern Washington University.

“We look forward to having coach Soter and his enthusiastic, motivational, and inspirational coaching style available to our athletes, youth programs, coaches and players here in the Cheney School District,” said Cheney athletic director Jim Missel.

Fitzgerald resigned last month after coaching Cheney for five seasons.

Putyrae returns to Zags rowing

Rowing: Gonzaga University hired Glenn Putyrae as the women’s rowing head coach, the school announced.

Putyrae was the Zags’ head coach from 1999-2007. Putyrae returns to Spokane after a four-year stint as the women’s rowing head coach at Georgetown University.

In his four years with the Hoyas, Putyrae led the team to finishes of second (2010), third (2011), and fourth places (2008, 2009) at the Big East Championships.

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