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Auto Dealers And College Jocks: Risky Business

The local car dealership sticks to the local college athletics program like flies to ... flypaper. The pigskin scholarship kid is likely to step into the local dealership before he steps into basket weaving class.

But Columbus, Ohio, used car dealer Jason Goss, an Ohio State Buckeyes fan who goes to OSU games as a guest of the players -- many of whom have bought cars from him over the years -- is in the spotlight for the deals. He said he can't recall when the allegations that his dealership gave student-athletes and their relatives special deals started.

On May 7, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper cross-referenced sale prices of vehicles sold to OSU student-athletes with those vehicles' Kelley Blue Book values. In March, former OSU star quarterback Terrelle Pryor was reported being ticketed while driving a vehicle owned by Goss' dealership.

And the NCAA has imposed penalties at least 13 times since 1990 for rule-breaking involving student-athletes, their access to vehicles and dealerships.



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