New Questions Arise Into Ohio State Athlete's Car Repair


UPDATED: Thursday August 4, 2011 12:57 PM

Ohio State University's director of NCAA compliance signed an invoice for more than $600 in car repairs for a student-athlete, that may have involved  Terrelle Pryor, in April.

According to a document obtained Friday by 10 Investigates, Doug Archie, the university's director of NCAA compliance, signed an invoice for a six-hour car repair to Auto Direct for $606.

A purchase form signed by Archie said that the money came out of the "Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund," 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.

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The university blacked out the name of the student and description of the car, so it was not immediately known if the payment was for Pryor, Aker reported.

Questions arose about Pryor after he was seen driving vehicles for several weeks.  10 Investigates found Pryor received at least two traffic tickets while in Auto Direct cars over the past couple years.

Pryor announced in June that he would forego his senior season at Ohio State.

"It astounds me this bill was paid," said Bret Adams, a Columbus-based sports agent who represents college and professional coaches. 

Adams said that he thinks the payments stretch the boundaries of NCAA guidelines.  The NCAA backs the fund.  While the guidelines are not exhaustive, the list does not show car repairs, Aker reported.

Some examples of how the fund is supposed to be used include summer school, medical expenses, travel for family emergencies or academic achievement awards.

"I can't believe the NCAA considers auto repairs an emergency situation deserving this kind of funding," Adams said.  "I don't think there is a good faith explanation.   I think it's real troubling to find that at this stage in April that it's paid for by a fund that is not related to auto repair."

"The university and Big Ten (Conference) have the discretion to use the fund in circumstances where there is a financial, medical or other emergency," according to statement released Friday by Ohio State.  "This fund was permitted by the Big Ten Conference."

Ohio State officials declined to comment about the document that 10 Investigates uncovered.

A former compliance officer and Ohio University professor who spoke with 10 Investigates said that it is possible that the payment was legitimate but it still raises several questions.

The NCAA did not return calls for comment.

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