Terrelle Pryor once chose Ohio State over every other big-name college football program in the country. His godfather believes Pryor will pick the school again.

Willie Burns, the legal guardian Pryor lived with while he was in high school, said yesterday that he's confident the embattled quarterback will return for his senior season - as abbreviated as it might be - and not apply for the NFL's supplemental draft.

"I think he will stay in school," Burns said. "He likes football. Only time will tell. He could change his mind in a minute.

"But he if he does leave, somebody done pressured his butt - bad."

Pryor's future with the Buckeyes muddied this week following coach Jim Tressel's resignation amid a widening NCAA investigation into possible violations by the school. Pryor has already been suspended for the first five games next season for selling memorabilia for cash and tattoos, and the star quarterback could face additional penalties pending the outcome of an NCAA probe into his use of cars.

Noteworthy

* The Southeastern Conference has capped football signing classes at 25, a move coaches voted against and one school presidents hope will be adopted across college football. The powerful league, which will hand out an SEC-record $18.3 million in shared revenue to each of its 12 schools, had allowed up to 28 players to be signed annually.

The SEC also voted to eliminate divisions in men's basketball, and also voted to ban graduate students from transferring and being eligible immediately.

* Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum has pleaded guilty to operating while visibly impaired. Stonum accepted the amended charge from operating a vehicle while intoxicated yesterday in Ann Arbor's 15th District Court. Michigan coach Brady Hoke suspended Stonum indefinitely after he was arrested May 6.