Terrelle Pryor faces an uphill and potentially impossible climb to regain support in Columbus, but his parents remain firmly in his corner.
First things first: The 2007 Nissan 350-Z Pryor drove to a team meeting Monday night is registered to his mother, Thomasina, who purchased it from the Auto Direct dealership a week ago.
Pryor's attorney, Larry James, yesterday released the bill of sale from Auto Direct showing Thomasina Pryor as the buyer. It also showed the car had 80,102 miles on it when they took possession more than a week ago, that the final price, after trade-in of his previous black Dodge Charger, was $11,435.06, and that his mother agreed to make monthly payments of $298.35 for the next 51 months.
Pryor's mother tells WBNS-TV in Columbus that there has been no wrongdoing despite a new investigation into Pryor and his car usage.
"I am not doing anything wrong," she said. "I mean, I have a job, I work all the time. My son's had a car since he was 18-year-old. What's the difference? Everybody has a car. It doesn't matter to me. My son is what matters to me. I wish everybody would understand that."
Pryor's father, meanwhile, tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that his son hasn't done anything wrong when it comes to cars. Craig Pryor notes that Pryor sold memorabilia items to tattoo parlor owner Edward Rife because he "needed the money."
"Everyone is saying he took cars and whatnot," Craig Pryor said. "I don't know where all that is coming from. I don't see anybody asking anybody else, 'Where did you get your car?'"
Craig Pryor said he and his wife, Toni, gave their son a Honda when he graduated from Jeannette in 2008. Asked about the Nissan 350Z Pryor was seen driving to a team meeting Monday, Craig Pryor said, "He traded his car in."
"He was never just given anything," the elder Pryor said. "Anything he has been given came from me or his mother."
NCAA investigators will make sure, but it could be hard to prove Pryor received special deals on cars or other improper benefits. Remember, while it's certainly suspicious that Pryor has reportedly driven so many cars during his career at Ohio State, the NCAA will need some strong evidence to level any allegations against the Buckeyes quarterback.