The Ohio State director of compliance just got busier. The university is looking into fifty car sales to Ohio State athletes and the athletes' families, says the Columbus Dispatch. The paper looked into public records and found that eight athletes and 11 relatives purchased used cars from Jack Maxton Chevrolet or Auto Direct in the past five years.
What drew interest was that the same salesman who worked at both dealerships (which are not connected), Aaron Kniffin, was involved in the sales of all of the cars. Kniffin was also the same salesman who loaned Terrelle Pryor the cars he was ticketed for speeding in. No NCAA violation was found in the use of these vehicles. The owners of both dealerships say they don't give out special deals to Ohio State athletes. Doug Archie, associate athletic director and head of compliance at Ohio State, doesn't believe there have been an NCAA violations.
The owner of Jack Maxton Chevrolet, Jeff Mauk, could not explain why records show that a two-year old Chrysler 300 was sold to former Ohio State linebacker and current San Francisco 49er Thaddeus Gibson for $0 in 2009. Gibson said he didn't know the purchase price showed $0 and said he's still paying for the car.
Two undisclosed former NCAA officials told the Dispatch there is reason to be concerned and that they never came across so many athletes buying from the same salesman.
There is much more on this story at the Dispatch website.