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First the tattoos. Then the coach. Then the cars. Now the sanctions?
Back in December of 2010 the NCAA ruled that five Ohio State football players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were to be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 football season for exchanging autographs for tattoos.
However, these five players were ruled eligible for their Sugar Bowl matchup against Arkansas which was an indication to most that the worst had already passed.
But as the 2011 season began to come closer, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel became the center of controversy. As the facts developed, it became clear that Tressel knew about his players taking illegal benefits which eventually led to his resignation.
Not long after Tressel stepped down as head coach, more controversy began to swirl around Ohio State. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was photographed driving to the first team meeting after Tressel resigned in a 2007 Nissan 350z (valued around $20,000) with temporary plates.
There has been ongoing speculation that Pryor may have also had multiple vehicles loaned to him as a special treatment for his student athlete status.
The NCAA and Ohio State could be investigating as many as 50 "vehicle purchases" from student athletes and their families.
With all the dirt that has turned up within the last few weeks alone, we could see the NCAA impose a penalty on Ohio State sooner rather than later.