Spielman: Pryor ‘was allowed to operate by his own set of rules’

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Following head coach Jim Tressel's resignation on Monday morning, new allegations arose against Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is one of five Buckeye players suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling merchandise to a tattoo parlor owner.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that both the NCAA and Ohio State are conducting investigations of Pryor due to allegations that he may have received cars and other extra benefits during his time in Columbus.

Former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman is always monitored to the happenings at his alma mater, and the ESPN analyst discussed the turmoil taking place at his former school in an interview with WBNS in Columbus.

“I'm saddened by it,” Spielman said of the situation, according to SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I hate to see people go through turmoil and you have a pretty good track record over the years for probably 95 percent of your career doing things the right way and being a positive influence on kids and winning football games and winning championships, but you make one poor decision and there's severe consequences.”

Spielman also echoed the sentiments of many, myself included, when asked about Pryor's future in Columbus.

“I think he's played his last game,” he predicted. “I don't know if you guys have heard this. I've heard through players, former players, that TP (Terrelle Pryor) operated and was allowed to operate by his own set of rules. Being late to meetings. Being late to practice. Not showing up for workouts. I don't know if that's true or not true. If it is I'm so disappointed in the leaders of the team that allowed that to go on, that allowed a player, not to show up without either confrontation, physical or verbal first, physical if necessary.”

Perhaps Spielman's most astute point was that if his teammates couldn't keep Pryor straight and ask him to be a better, more focused player, then it was on the coaches to get their star player to act more like a leader while in Columbus.

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