Tue May 31 11:34am EDT
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor doesn't seem to care what the NCAA thinks about the possibility of him having improper benefits from Columbus-area car dealerships.
That seemed evident Monday when Pryor rolled up to a team meeting at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in a Nissan 350z with temporary tags. This just hours after the Columbus Dispatch put out a report that Ohio State and the NCAA were doing a separate investigation on Pryor and whether he had received cars and other extra benefits.
Pryor has been questioned by OSU compliance officials in the past, but sources said this is the most significant inquiry to date. He already has been interviewed at least once by investigators within the past few weeks, sources said.
Pryor and the cars he drives have been an issue since he arrived on campus three years ago. Pryor has been connected to more than a half dozen vehicles during his time at Ohio State, according to sources.
A few of those cars are profiled in an expose by Columbus' WBNS-TV. The piece shows Pryor getting into a 2009 Dodge Challenger with dealer plates on multiple occasions and also profiles a GMC Denali Pryor used for a short time. The report also shows Pryor's actual car, a 2006 Dodge Charger.
While many believe the Ohio State investigation might not conclude until after the 2011 season, Pryor's future could be determined pretty quickly. He's already been suspended the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia to a tattoo parlor for services and if either the school or the NCAA find any reason to suspend him further or make him ineligible during the next couple months, Pryor, a senior, could be looking at either the NFL's supplemental draft or spending the 2011 season training for the 2012 NFL draft.