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NCAA Focuses On Pryor’s Cars
One day after Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigned, the focus of an NCAA investigation has turned to quarterback Terrell Pryor and the many cars he has been seen driving in his three years at the university.
Pryor was seen driving a 2007 Nissan 350-Z Monday â€” just hours after Tressel, his football coach, resigned. A public records request to the Ohio Bureau of Motor vehicles turned up little information, other than the sports car was purchased one week ago. The owner’s name and address were redacted.
The NCAA is investigating whether Pryor has violated any rules related to his cars. Pryor previously drove a late model Dodge Charger.
Three weeks ago, a former car salesman for Jack Maxton Chevrolet signed an affidavit that stated he did not give OSU athletes special deals on cars. Auto Direct owner Jason Goss signed a similar affidavit.
Pryor already is suspended for five games, along with several other teammates, of the upcoming season for exchanging and selling memorabilia including gold pants charms for tattoos and cash.
The violations are at the root of Tressel’s resignation. He is accused of lying to the NCAA about his knowledge of the players’ violations. It is unknown whether Tressel will receive a severance package or if he will have to pay the $250,000 fine imposed by the university for the violations.