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Jacob Pullen: 'I'll be back'

UPDATE: Pullen apologized to his team and Kansas State fans after today's game in comments to reporters, according to audio from 1350 KMAN.

"I kind of feel like Michael Vick in some ways. I feel like I've got something to prove again. I feel like people doubt what I've done and feel like that I shouldn't be in a place that I've been in. I feel like now is a reason for me to show them I worked hard for everything that's come my way and everything that this team has gotten. It really makes you hungry again, and I feel like God did it for a reason.

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Kansas State star guard Jacob Pullen today finished serving his three-game NCAA suspension for receiving impermissible benefits at a local department store and is expected to be back in action for Monday's game against Savannah State.

In advance of the tuneup for the Big 12 opener, he's also letting his followers on Twitter know his state of mind while being forced to sit out and unable to make the team's opponents fear the beard.

"I ain't never ran from nothing in my life so don't think I been hiding just handling my business I'll be back (terminator voice) lol," Pullen tweeted.

"And please don't tweet me about the situation that happen it's over wit," he added.

It's not just that the senior should have known better. Coach Frank Martin has also issued an indirect challenge to his leading scorer, telling Andy Katz that there needs to be more leadership on the team.

Pullen will have a chance to make things right with how he handles his return, as will forward Curtis Kelly when he returns three games later. Going forward, establishing that leadership role will be the best way for Pullen to put this embarrassing episode behind him and have it really be over with.