Go back with us for a moment to May 7, when The Columbus Dispatch published a story on the Ohio State investigation of used-car sales to Buckeye athletes. OSU compliance head Doug Archie said of dealer Aaron Kniffin:
Archie said that he has spoken to Kniffin only once, never reviews sales documents and has not directed players to any dealerships.
Now, come back to the present time with us, when Kniffin is talking to Sporting News. His story is, um, somewhat different than Archie’s.
“Doug Archie has called me well over 50 times,” Kniffin said. “This year alone, I’ve talked to him 25-30 times. You can print out your Verizon (phone) bills; his numbers are right there calling me.”
Now, watch the Ohio State spokesman dance!
Jim Lynch, of Ohio State media relations, told Sporting News: “There was a misunderstanding with the original Dispatch story. While Doug Archie did in fact only speak to Aaron Kniffin once while he was at the first car dealership he worked at, they spoke often when Mr. Kniffin changed jobs and moved to the second dealership he worked at.”
You can see where the confusion would arise. Also, Lynch could have added that Ohio State has had so many scandals to keep up with recently, it’s hard to keep them all straight. On second thought …