Terrelle Pryor's recruitment to Ohio State had Buckeyes fans thinking the large, fast, vaguely Vince Young-ish quarterback might be the sort of player who is completely beyond the usual laws of the football field. But now, they're hearing that he may have been above the law off the field: Pryor, the subject of an investigation into Ohio State's relationship with a car dealership in Columbus, may have operated under "his own set of rules," according to ESPN analyst and former Ohio State player Chris Spielman.
Spielman spoke to Columbus radio station WNBS about the Ohio State scandal, and dished some details on Pryor's reputation at Ohio State:
I’ve heard through players, former players, that TP 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. I don’t know if you guys heard that or not, but that’s what I heard. He operated under his own set of rules.
While it's true that some star players tend to get special treatment from coaches and administrations — think of how Tim Tebow and Matt Leinart designed their schooling around football as seniors — hearing that the subject of a current probe had something like carte blanche is certainly not music to NCAA investigators' ears, and it will probably redden the face of many a scarlet-and-gray-clad supporter.
But Pryor's time in Columbus is quickly being consumed by a massive smoke cloud. And whispers like Spielman's, true or not, will at least keep all the interesting parties on a quest for the fire that may have produced it.