Well, that was fun while it lasted. After back-to-back posts not relating to the Ohio State football program, we’ve been, as expected, pulled right back into the morass that is the Ohio State football program.
Beleaguered quarterback Terrelle Pryor‘s access to eight vehicles — or more — during his time in Columbus is the subject of both an internal (OSU compliance) and external (NCAA) investigation and, just as expected, Pryor’s mom has come out in defense of her son.
While declining an on-camera interview, Thomasina Pryor did agree to speak to WBNS-TV10 in Columbus and said there was nothing untoward going on with her son’s current ride.
“I am not doing anything wrong,” she said. “I mean, I have a job, I work all the time. My son’s had a car since he was 18-years-old. What’s the difference? Everybody has a car. It doesn’t matter to me. My son is what matters to me. I wish everybody would understand that.”
At least as far as Pryor’s newest ride is concerned, the mom is apparently correct that neither she nor anyone else is “doing anything wrong.” According to the Columbus Dispatch, the QB’s lawyer released a bill of sale for his 2007 Nissan 350Z — with over 80,000 miles on it, incidentally — which was purchased from Auto Direct in Columbus more than a week ago.
The document states that Thomasina Pryor is the owner of the vehicle in question and, after the trade-in on Terrelle Pryor’s black Dodge Charger was factored in, the total sales price was $11,435.06. The mother, the Dispatch writes, agreed to make monthly payments of $298.35 for the next 51 months.
That’s all well and good, but it’s likely that the NCAA, which has reportedly been on campus the past few days in the wake of the much-hyped SI.com article, will be far more interested in the vehicles Pryor has been seen driving around campus prior to his latest purchase. From the television station’s website:
10 Investigates found him driving a Dodge Challenger for three weeks from March to April, and the dealer plates show the car was also owned by Auto Direct. This could be a potential problem for Pryor because NCAA rules mandate that student-athletes are not supposed to get special access to free cars, Aker reported.
But 10 Investigates was not the first to find him driving cars that belonged to Auto Direct.
Records showed that Pryor has gotten three traffic tickets in that past several years, and on two occasions the cars’ license plates tracked back to Auto Direct.
As hinted at by the station, the NCAA will likely be zeroing in on whether or not Pryor was given special access to vehicles, access not available to the general public and which would constitute additional NCAA violations.
Ohio State had previously cleared Pryor following an investigation into a very similar situation. Whether the NCAA does the same and allows Pryor to return following his five-game suspension remains to be seen, although the tea leaves — and some pundits — seem to indicate that, right or wrong, the senior’s played his last down in a scarlet & gray uniform.