We’ve received numerous reports today that the NCAA and the Ohio State Athletic department are in the midst of a collaborative investigation regarding the allegations involved in yesterday’s Sports Illustrated piece.
Speculation is that the investigation continues to center on current Buckeye QB Terrelle Pryor; particularly his usage of various automobiles from local vendors. NBC4 is also reporting that Pryor is currently driving on a suspended license.
Given that the University began looking into arrangements with auto dealers several weeks ago, it would not be surprising that their discoveries, combined with the SI article, have led to this current exploration of the automotive situation. In addition, last week’s article in the Lantern had Ray Small discussing automotive issues, as did a post several weeks ago from Buckeye alumni Mark Titus.
It should be noted that the Ohio BMV has reviewed the sales involving Aaron Kiffin and Ohio State players, and has determined that these were legitimate (that the dealership made money on each transaction). Left to be determined is the use of “loaner” cars; something that was a part of the Maurice Clarett investigation, but was not deemed inappropriate at that time by the NCAA.
In addition, several sports media personalities, including Buckeye legend Chris Spielman, have indicated that they believe that Terrelle will enter the NFL Supplemental Draft in June. To do so, his status with the University and the team will have to have changed; it’s been speculated since yesterday that he has effectively played his last game at Ohio State based on concerns that have led to this investigation.
More on this as it develops.