As noted earlier in this StoryStream, Ohio State's investigation of dozens of car purchases made by Buckeye athletes and family members is a separate issue from the NCAA's scrutiny of Jim Tressel over football players selling memorabilia in violation of illegal benefit regulations. And with the possibly-shady dealerships story spanning two sports (OSU basketball is also involved), as Eleven Warriors notes, it's going to be nigh-impossible to pin this newest wrinkle on a single coach gone wrong.
There are, however, four common threads between the two cases, in the form of players named in the auto purchase investigation who'll already be serving multi-game suspensions at the outset of the 2011 football season for their roles in the existent NCAA violations hunt:
• Terrelle Pryor: Borrowed cars from investigative target Aaron Kniffin, including one for that infamous three-day test drive. His mother and brother bought from Kniffin at Jack Maxton Chevrolet.
• DeVier Posey: Bought from Kniffin at Auto Direct.
• Solomon Thomas: Bought from Kniffin at Maxton; father bought from Maxton at Auto Direct.
• Daniel Herron: Father bought from Kniffin at Auto Direct.
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