Posted by Chip Patterson
The NCAA has reportedly expanded their Ohio State investigation to include a trip Terrelle Pryor took to the Miami area in March, according to a report in the Columbus Dispatch.
The findings that left left Pryor suspended for five games and lost head coach Jim Tressel his job were in connection with improper benefits regarding a tattoo parlor owner and the sale of memorabilia. When the NCAA's investigation began to focus more on Pryor directly, the star quarterback abruptly left school in June and declared his intentions to participate in the NFL's supplemental draft.
The Dispatch cites two sources who claim that the NCAA was checking into Pryor's trip to South Beach over spring break in March, a trip that may have been arranged by Jeannette, Pa. businessman Ted Sarniak.
Sarniak, if you recall, was one of the people that Tressel turned to after receiving an email tip regarding possible wrongdoing in his football program. The former Buckeyes coach defended himself saying he was looking out for Pryor's safety, and Sarniak has been a mentor to Pryor since the quarterback was in high school. But Sarniak's mentor status was addressed already by Ohio State's compliance director in 2008 when Pryor began his freshman year. The school determined that the businessman may continue his relationship with Pryor, but "the relationship must change."
The NFL was supposed to hold the supplemental draft on Wednesday, but they have decided to postpone to a later date. Pryor is one of six players hoping to get picked up in the unique player acquisition event that allows a team to trade a future pick for the opportunity to draft a player who has become ineligible for collegiate play since the January deadline.