This has become a Memorial Day that Ohio State fans want to forget.
The latest development comes from The Columbus Dispatch, which reports that both the NCAA and Ohio State are conducting a new investigation into allegations that Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor might have received cars and other extra benefits.
The NCAA has suspended Pryor and four other players for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia items for money and tattoos. That case is now closed, but the new investigation could spell more problems for Pryor and the Buckeyes.
From The Dispatch:
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 lot of people have tried to link the whole Ohio State mess to Pryor, arguing that Tressel and the program would be fine if Pryor hadn't come to Columbus. It's unfair to pin it all on Pryor. He wasn't the only player selling memorabilia items, and he isn't the only high-profile player to violate NCAA rules during Tressel's tenure. He's an easy target, but then again, he hasn't helped himself at times.
The latest development puts the spotlight on the Buckeyes quarterback. Tressel has been at the center of the story the past few months, but the focus soon could be turning to individual players and the entire team.
There have been a lot of rumors about Pryor both before he arrived at Ohio State and during his time with the Buckeyes. But nothing came to fruition until December. Now the entire program is under fire, and Pryor finds himself in the crosshairs.