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Report: OSU’s compliance head received courtesy car from dealership

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Let’s get this out of the way right from the start: what’s alluded to in the headline is not an NCAA violation. It’s perfectly fine and well within the Association’s guidelines and bylaws.

And therein lies the problem. And the hypocrisy.

Even as at least 50 football players or relatives are under an internal investigation regarding their purchases of vehicles from two Columbus car dealerships, and even as former quarterback Terrelle Pryor is still the subject of an NCAA investigation into multiple vehicles he drove as a member of the Buckeyes, a television station in the city is reporting that a high-ranking member of Ohio State’s compliance department is driving around campus in a vehicle for which he paid the whopping sum of zero dollars and zero cents.

According to 10TV News in Columbus, OSU director of NCAA compliance Doug Archie received a “courtesy vehicle” from a local dealership in exchange for a pair of season tickets to Buckeye football games. The dealership Archie received his free Jeep from is owned by Mike D’Andrea, a former Buckeyes linebacker.

While athletic director Gene Smith‘s contract explicitly states that he receive a free car as part of his contract, there’s no such stipulation in Archie’s arrangement with the university.

First of all, Doug Archie pulls in nearly $120,000 a year in compensation from the school; pay for your own damn Jeep.

Secondly, let me make sure I have this straight: it’s perfectly fine for an individual to use his position as a member of the OSU athletic department to receive a free vehicle — Doug Archie, the plumber, certainly wouldn’t have received the same perk — while a player crosses NCAA lines by receiving a better deal on a vehicle would or other loaner perks from a dealership than the general public would?

Amazing.

Or, as an agent who represents coaches at multiple levels of the game put it…

“There needs to be some separation from the compliance office and who they are regulating, which is the players,” the agent, Bret Adams, told the television station. “In the real world, if you’re regulating somebody, you’re not cozying up to the people who you are regulating.”

Again, what is going on at OSU — and at Florida and three other Big Ten schools among others named in the station’s report — is not against NCAA rules. The perception, though, given the situation the OSU football program currently finds itself in when it comes to vehicles? It stinks to high heaven. Or smells like holy hell. Take your pick.

The NCAA is currently knee-deep in hypocrisy and neck-deep in negative public perception — or vice versa — with no signs of digging themselves out of either in the near future. Agents, runners, seven-on-sevens ruining the game? Some members of the Association seem hellbent on accomplishing that feat themselves.

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20 Responses to “Report: OSU’s compliance head received courtesy car from dealership”
  1. ernestbynershands says: Jun 17, 2011 6:28 AM

    This is no different than any other corruption type scandal. The regulated and the regulators are both crooked. As usual, the regulators have been incompetent and crooked and have the rules set so that they can’t get in trouble.
    Just like Wall St and Securities & Exchange
    Just congress and lobbyists

  2. ernestbynershands says: Jun 17, 2011 6:36 AM

    This just in:
    Doug Archie has signed with Drew Rosenhaus to take his talents to the next level. NFL front office….oh, wait…

  3. canetic says: Jun 17, 2011 7:34 AM

    Hi, have you met my friend Lack of Institutional Control? He’s going to be hanging out here for a while.

  4. bradentonbuc says: Jun 17, 2011 8:09 AM

    As you said, it is legal by NCAA rules. Attack the NCAA not Archie. If it were a legal perk in your business, you would take it too.

  5. macbull says: Jun 17, 2011 8:13 AM

    John…this is such a lame attempt by you and CFT, to keep the Ohio State story on “your” front page…nothing else smells nearly as much as your decision to try to run with this as a “new” angle”.

    You named other schools, but did you know, THE TEXAS LONGHORNS get free stuff thrown at them and some of their players can’t resist?

    I was doing some checking into the various news sources reporting on the Ohio State situation and I found something that interested me…it seems that some of these new outlets, THIS ONE INCLUDED, have close ties to certain college football teams..”financial ties”.

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK is now linked to NBC Sports, which pays Notre Dame millions to broadcast their football games.

    Last season, Notre Dame football had some internal issues of the most serious kind…much more serious than anywhere else in college football…but I have not heard much about those incidents here…maybe I just missed them.

    ESPN recently signed a deal to broadcast TEXAS LONGHORNS football games…a deal worth a reported $300 million. The Texas football program was recently named as the beneficiaries of special benefits from Texas boosters and fans..free stuff given to and accepted by Texas Longhorn football players.

    The story of the allegations against the Texas football program got very little press and NO FOLLOW-UP..ssssshhhhhh. This website did report those allegations but no follow up, even though one of the threads was on the top 10 list of most commented on here at CFT, for about a week.

    I must ask, what is the driving force behind certain Sports Media Outlets, to continue reporting on Ohio State….now even over issues that are not even an NCAA violation? IMO, some in the Sports Media have milked this cow dry.

    Is there an “agenda” behind the way the Sports Media chooses to report on some stories?

    It might be time for fans and readers to FOLLOW THE MONEY…and the “financial links/deals” which some Sports Media Outlets have with specific college programs/conferences…?

    ..jmho…mac

  6. blackdb says: Jun 17, 2011 8:26 AM

    This is crazy it is normal practice for athletic departments to arrange for courtesy cars for employees as part of their package. If you ever pick up a game program from a school they usually have pictures of all of their car dealers and the coaches/ athletic staff they represent. Don’t try to make something out of nothing a lot of non sport jobs offer company cars to employees why should this be any different.

  7. lakesidegator says: Jun 17, 2011 9:06 AM

    F D OSU. Who cares?

  8. blitz4848 says: Jun 17, 2011 10:04 AM

    It’s NOT common practice for the “Compliance Officer” to have a courtesy car—nor should it be!

    Whether it’s The Ohio State or any other school the university “compliance officer” should NOT be beholding to anyone!

    Damn—this is just “simple common sense.”

  9. edgy says: Jun 17, 2011 10:44 AM

    macbull, you’re not looking too hard because not only has John reported about Notre Dame, his tone has been less than deferential. Hell, robertg was all over him a couple years back because of his reporting about Weis and there was an endless stream of “lawsuits” being “filed” against him by robertg and his accusations were just as laughable.

    BTW, while it appears that the compliance officer didn’t get a car from the same place that “serviced” Pryor, wouldn’t it be more than convenient that the compliance officer WAS getting a vehicle but found that there was nothing toward going on? AT BEST, this is a stupid move on his part but it also puts him on the radar of everyone that wants to find something against the school. Imagine how you’d feel if you found out that the judge that was overseeing a case involving you was taking money from the guy that you might be suing. How would you feel about his impartiality?

    FWIW, several Big-10 schools do not allow this for their compliance officer and the same goes for Texas and Oklahoma.

  10. blackdb says: Jun 17, 2011 11:01 AM

    It is very common for top athletic department employees to have either dealer cars or a car allowance and compliance directors for major athletic departments are considered top level employees. Every school is different and some will give cars or not. I am just saying that there is nothing shady about it.

  11. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 17, 2011 11:30 AM

    Fixed it for you.

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    macbull says:
    Jun 17, 2011 8:13 AM

    John…this is such a lame attempt by me to blast CFT, to protect the Ohio State legacy in “my” mind…nothing else smells nearly as much as my decision to blindly support my team and attack this “new” angle”.

    You named other schools, but did you know, THE TEXAS LONGHORNS get free stuff thrown at them and some of their players can’t resist? At least that is the statement made by a former players wife, who incidentally did not attend said school. And I expect the NCAA to drop everything related to OSU, and only look into teams I am not a fan of.

    I was doing some checking into the various news sources reporting on the Ohio State situation and I found something that interested me…it seems that some of these new outlets, THIS ONE INCLUDED, have close ties to certain college football teams..”financial ties”. I have ignored the fact that EVERY sane person in our nation realizes that most DI schools have ties to some media outlet, either local or national.

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK is now linked to NBC Sports, which pays Notre Dame millions to broadcast their football games. In fact did you know that CFT has a sister site on NBC called “Inside the Irish” This was part of the in depth research I did. It consisted of me scrolling to the top of the page and looking at what other links were present.

    Last season, Notre Dame football had some internal issues of the most serious kind…much more serious than anywhere else in college football…but I have not heard much about those incidents here…maybe I just missed them, most likely because I had my head up Brutus Buckeyes rectum.

    ESPN recently signed a deal to broadcast TEXAS LONGHORNS football games…a deal worth a reported $300 million. The Texas football program was recently named as the beneficiaries of special benefits from Texas boosters and fans..free stuff given to and accepted by Texas Longhorn football players. I fully expect the Texas program to be judged guilty immediately to draw attention away from my Buckeyes. I do not need investigators or proof, The words of a 24 year old who did not attend the school is enough for me. Please please please stop reporting on the wrongs done at MY university.

    The story of the allegations against the Texas football program got very little press and NO FOLLOW-UP..ssssshhhhhh. This website did report those allegations but no follow up, even though one of the threads was on the top 10 list of most commented on here at CFT, for about a week. Unfortunately I do not understand the need for investigators to first arrive at Texas and do some, you know, investigating.

    I must ask, what is the driving force behind certain Sports Media Outlets, to continue reporting on Ohio State….now even over issues that are not even an NCAA violation? IMO, some in the Sports Media have milked this cow dry. But, should they find any allegations at other schools, school not named OSU, a school such as the University of Texas, they should run rampant with it.

    Is there an “agenda” behind the way I chooses to read on some stories? Of course there is. I am a Buckeye and would rather fight for them than admit that my program is about to be obliterated by the NCAA. I just wish that the rest of you would drink the scarlet and gray kool-aid.

    It might be time for fans and readers to FOLLOW THE MONEY…and the “financial links/deals” which some Sports Media Outlets have with specific college programs/conferences…? (except, you know, when that money implicates and and all buckeyes)

    ..jmhowmyhsbits*…mac

    824

    *just my honest opinion with my head still buried in the sand

  12. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 17, 2011 11:53 AM

    While not illegal, it is a bit tacky.

    Think of all those recent grads (not just OSU grads) who cannot even get a sniff in the current economic climate. Yet this guy gets to parade around with a 6 figure job, AND a free car because he is a high ranking guy in the athletic department (and not a very good employee it is turning out). Keep in mind, this was not a company or university car. This was a free car.

    Yeah, okay.

  13. tdub821 says: Jun 17, 2011 1:17 PM

    It just won’t end will it?…enough is enough…bring on the “Death Penalty”…O$U has been a pool of corruption for years making fools out of the NCAA…stand by…there’s more that’s going to come out.

  14. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jun 17, 2011 1:21 PM

    @edgy

    I am not sure that when the Weis thing was going down CFT was with NBC. I have been around this site prior to this merge, but again not sure.

    @John Taylor

    Look, I get it–throw tOSU into the headline and you will automatically get hits. BUT, you easily could have headlined the article with something about the hypocrisy of the NCAA. You say you are a Buckeye, but please dont go all Herbie on us and pile on the program just to prove your not some homer. Believe us, we know.

    @canetic

    Umm, not an NCAA violation, so uhh, yeah.

  15. gatorprof says: Jun 17, 2011 3:59 PM

    More good press for OSU…

    It really feels like piling on now.

  16. swcoach says: Jun 17, 2011 6:09 PM

    Come on people really? Again, as stated in the report, its not against NCAA rules or the law… is it just because its OSU that everyone is throwing a hissy fit? Quit being naive and believing OSU is the only elite college sports institution that employees get perks like this. Shouldn’t it be a bigger story about how an Oregon “player” not an Oregon employee was driving a car paid for by an employee? Quit trying to make something out of nothing. Just absolutely ridiculous anymore.

  17. swcoach says: Jun 17, 2011 6:15 PM

    Next we’re going to read stories on how an OSU coach or player tore the tag off their mattress or threw a soda can in the “paper” recycle bin and people are going to be hollering for “LOIC”.

  18. sakky2006 says: Jun 17, 2011 8:56 PM

    tdub821 says:
    Jun 17, 2011 1:17 PM
    It just won’t end will it?…enough is enough…bring on the “Death Penalty”…O$U has been a pool of corruption for years making fools out of the NCAA…stand by…there’s more that’s going to come out.
    ————————————————-

    Tdub are you that retarded… This wasn’t even illegal and your calling for the death penalty on a program? Your p athetic. Also ALL NCAA FBS school have similar problem to Ohio State. Ohio State was was like USC stupid enough to get caught doing it.

  19. mogogo1 says: Jun 20, 2011 10:37 PM

    No idea how widespread it is for compliance officers to get free cars…but talk about a red flag the size of a house.

    The AD? Sure, everybody wants to be in good with him. Coaches? Of course. But the compliance officer? Nothing glorious about that job and the nature of the post would seemingly keep him from being too cozy with the players everybody wants to rub elbows with. The only reason to grease his palm is if something shady is going down.

  20. waynefontes says: Jun 21, 2011 10:04 AM

    When it rains, it pours….

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