Not only will Ohio State be without a top member of its defense this postseason, they’ll be without him for the beginning of next season as well.
The Buckeyes announced via a press release Wednesday that Noah Spence has been suspended for three games for violating what was only described as a “Big Ten Conference Rule.” The defensive end will miss Friday’s Orange Bowl date with Clemson as well as the first two games of the 2014 season — Navy and Virginia Tech.
Spence, who will be permitted to practice with the team during his suspension, will be eligible to return for the Sept. 13, 2014, game against Kent State.
It had been reported over this past weekend that Spence did not fly with the team to Florida as he was “working on some personal issues at home,” head coach Urban Meyer said at the time. Again, what those issues are have not been detailed by the school.
“Spence’s parents, who did not agree with the rule violation nor the penalty imposed, were assisted by the Ohio State Department of Athletics in exhausting the appeals process that was available to them with the Big Ten,” OSU stated in its release.
Spence currently leads the Buckeye defensive line with eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. The sophomore was an Academic All-Big Ten selection this season.