As if a bad day for Jim Tressel and Ohio State couldn’t get any worse, there is now another report coming from the Columbus Dispatch today — this time with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, once again, in the crosshairs.
According to multiple sources close to the situation, the Dispatch is reporting that both the NCAA and Ohio State are conducting an independent investigation into cars (plural) received by the quarterback on multiple occasions over the past few years.
As you’ll recall, a previous report by the Dispatch linked Pryor to car salesman Aaron Kniffin, who has been accused of giving OSU athletes special deals on cars. The Dispatch reported in January that Pryor had been stopped on three different instances for traffic violations while driving cars owned by Kniffin or the dealership.
However, the sources note that while Pryor has been interrogated by OSU officials in the past, this most recent investigation appears to be the most severe.
Of course, the university has nothing to say on the matter at this present time.
“The university continues to work with the NCAA as they investigate matters involving our football program, and we will continue to do so until the conclusion of the investigation,” Ohio State spokesperson Jim Lynch said. “We are unable to comment on specific players’ situations because of federal law.”
Initial details of the investigation are few, but suffice it to say this is one big house of cards that has begun to fall for the Buckeyes.
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.