Authors: By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Records show Ohio State paid nearly $270,000 to a Chicago PR firm to help it manage publicity stemming from the university's memorabilia-for-cash scandal.
The university also paid a consulting company with experience in NCAA investigations more than $160,000 for its expertise.
The athletic department's total costs for the NCAA investigation into Ohio State's football program are about $800,000 so far.
Records released by the university Friday show Ohio State paid Chicago-based Kekst and Co. $267,000 for help with public relations.
The university also paid The Compliance Group of Lenexa, Kansas $162,000 for help dealing with the compliance problems uncovered by the scandal.