The state of Ohio said yesterday that Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor should not have been driving a sports car to a team meeting on Monday hours after coach Jim Tressel's forced resignation.
Pryor's driving privileges have been suspended, the state said.
"Our records do not indicate that [Pryor] has driving privileges in Ohio," said Lindsey Bohrer, a communications officer for the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Pryor's driving privileges have been suspended for 90 days because he failed to produce proof of insurance when he was pulled over for a stop-sign violation on Feb. 19 in Columbus. Pryor received repeated requests to appear in traffic court to show that he had valid insurance before he eventually paid a $141 fine and court costs on April 2. But Ohio authorities say he has never produced proof of insurance.
Pryor is being investigated by the NCAA for the cars he has driven over his 3 years as a Buckeye, The Columbus Dispatch has reported. The newspaper also said NCAA investigators are looking into more than 50 vehicle transactions involving Ohio State athletes, their families and friends and two Columbus dealerships.
Pryor was photographed driving a used Nissan 350Z valued between $16,000 and $27,000 to and from the team meeting on Monday night. He drove the same car to a workout yesterday.
His driving suspension took effect on May 20 and runs through Aug. 18. To regain his driving privileges after that, he will need to pay a $150 reinstatement fee, get insurance and carry a special card for high-risk drivers signifying that the driver is covered by insurance.
The NCAA has suspended Pryor, who will be a senior this fall, for the first five games of the 2011 season for receiving cash and tattoos from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.
In other college news:
* Former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has pleaded no contest to a marijuana-possession charge. Jenkins was kicked off the team following his third arrest in 23 months.
* Syracuse center Fab Melo has been arraigned in City Court on a misdemeanor charge after a fight with his girlfriend. Police say Melo allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend and damaged her car on Monday. Melo pleaded not guilty to criminal mischief and released without bail.
* These recruits, announced by head coach Mike Miller, have committed to the Alvernia University men's basketball program: Harrison Deyo, Phoenixville High, redshirt freshman at Kutztown University; Lamont Clark, Octorara; Terrance Bridgers and Daron Harris, Upper Darby; Joe McGinn, Bonner; and Julian Martin, Williamstown, N.J.
* Sepp Blatter has been re-elected FIFA president after a major bribery scandal left him as the only candidate to deal with a sport in crisis. Blatter won another 4-year term as head of soccer's governing body in a vote at FIFA's congress. The 75-year-old Swiss executive has been in office since 1998. In another matter, Blatter stripped soccer's executive committee and gave every federation a vote on future decisions regarding World Cup hosts.