COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sports Illustrated's report on Ohio State's NCAA problems in football is "90 percent wrong," the lawyer for quarterback Terrelle Pryor said.
"There's a misperception about Terrelle," Larry James said Thursday. "There's a misperception about the overall program, as brought about in part by the Sports Illustrated article that everybody's just taken to the bank."
In a story released Monday, a few hours after Jim Tressel resigned as coach, Sports Illustrated reported at least 28 players are known or alleged to have traded or sold memorabilia for tattoos. Ohio State has suspended five players, including Pryor, for five games next season.
"Obviously, if you know these other kids that are in this Sports Illustrated article, if you spent any time around them, you know that story is 90 percent wrong on those kids," James said.
Sports Illustrated said it stood by its reporting.
The NCAA is investigating Ohio State. Among the issues is Pryor's cars. Sports Illustrated reported he has had as many as eight during his three seasons.
"Over that time period, he may have had three or four loaner cars, period," James said. "So you take the three cars that the mom purchased over that time period and the loaner cars, and this is how the story gets turned into a tornado."
James provided the purchase agreement for the 2007 Nissan 350Z with more than 80,000 miles that Pryor was seen driving this week. Pryor's mother signed for the car, which cost $18,401.56. They traded in a Dodge Charger valued at $7,253, lowering the cost to $11,435.06 with the addition of taxes and fees.
James also denied a report that Pryor's driving privileges are suspended because he failed to produce proof of insurance when pulled over Feb. 19: "It's my understanding that his license has been reinstated since he has shown proof."
Tebow admits lying: In his autobiography, ex-Florida quarterback Tim Tebow writes he falsely told then-coach Urban Meyer he had no symptoms from a concussion sustained two weeks prior and could play against LSU in 2009. Tebow was hurt against Kentucky and writes in Through My Eyes he had headaches during warmups for the LSU game. But he told Meyer he was fine, and Meyer, after resisting, let him play. Tebow writes the headaches disappeared before kickoff of the 13-3 victory.
BCS: The Justice Department's antitrust division will meet with BCS officials this summer. BCS executive director Bill Hancock said a lawyer asked for a voluntary background briefing on how the BCS operates.
Jacksonville St.: Washaun Ealey, who led Georgia in rushing the past two seasons, transferred to the I-AA school. Ealey was released from his scholarship last month after two suspensions in one year.
Florida softball wins
OKLAHOMA CITY — Megan Bush hit her school-record 21st homer of the season as Florida beat Missouri 6-2 in its opening game of the Women's College World Series.
Michelle Moultrie's solo shot in the third put the Gators ahead 3-0. Later in the inning, Bush hit a two-run shot. Florida has hit an NCAA-record 112 homers this season. Tonight, Florida faces Arizona State, which beat Oklahoma 3-1 behind Katelyn Boyd's homer. Missouri faces Oklahoma on Saturday.
more Softball: Kelsi Kettler's home run in the eighth gave Baylor a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State. Kaila Hunt's single in the second lifted Alabama past Cal 1-0. Alabama faces Baylor tonight. Oklahoma State faces Cal on Saturday.
Men's golf: Florida shot a final-round 21-over 309 to finish 23rd at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla. The top eight advanced to match play. Bank Vongvanij was the Gators' top finisher. He tied for 13th, seven back of first-place John Peterson of LSU (5-under 211).
Baseball: Darin Erstad, who played 14 years in the majors, was hired as Nebraska's coach. He was an All-American at the school in 1995.