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Report update: drug possession part of charges facing OSU’s Sprinkle

Tracy Sprinkle

What appeared to be a case of “college kids being college kids” seems to have taken on a much more serious tone.

Earlier Saturday, it was reported that Ohio State’s defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle had been arrested and charged following an altercation at a Lorain, Ohio, bar.  While there were no details available as to the specific charges in the initial report, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram has some of the particulars.  And it’s not, ummm, flattering.

Per Sprinkle’s hometown paper, the player was arrested “on charges of possession of drugs, heroin, drug paraphernalia, rioting/failure to disperse.”

Yep, not good at first blush.

The Buckeyes have still declined to address the report that Sprinkle has been indefinitely suspended. The Columbus Dispatch wrote “that Sprinkle has yet to be officially suspended or otherwise punished.”

Head coach Urban Meyer is on vacation, which appears to be the basis for the school’s refusal to confirm the suspension.

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UPDATED 9:57 p.m. ET: Here’s an update from the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram in which my old paper acknowledges that heroin was not a part of Sprinkle’s arrest.  Apparently the heroin aspect of the equation came about because of erroneous information initially provided by the police.  Here’s the latest from the paper:

Lorain police have confirmed that Ohio State University athlete and former Elyria High School football player Tracy Sprinkle was arrested July 5 on charges of possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, rioting/failure to disperse.

Initial reports based on information provided by police incorrectly stated that he was found with heroin.

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26 Responses to “Report update: drug possession part of charges facing OSU’s Sprinkle”
  1. jec332 says: Jul 5, 2014 7:33 PM

    “You make us proud, Tracy! You are carrying on the buckeye way. OH!” -Maurice Clarett

  2. musketmaniac says: Jul 5, 2014 7:49 PM

    Heroin is very serious. He was probably slinging it, very few athletes(if any) use it.

  3. floridacock says: Jul 5, 2014 7:55 PM

    Urban issues. Just ask FL

  4. manik56 says: Jul 5, 2014 8:06 PM

    Well thats a problem

  5. psly2124 says: Jul 5, 2014 8:10 PM

    Plenty of athletes use it. It cheaper then oxys.

  6. barkleyblows says: Jul 5, 2014 8:13 PM


  7. thegonz13 says: Jul 5, 2014 8:32 PM

    If past history is any indication, Meyer will keep this new miscreant on the roster.

  8. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 5, 2014 8:46 PM

    I can’t see how Urban can keep him around after how the Aaron Hernandez situation turned out. Weed is one thing….heroin is a completely different story. Losing his scholarship at OSU may be the least of his problems. He could be facing a period of incarceration and if he does get convicted of a felony, he’ll never play in the NCAA again. (I think the NCAA has a rule that if you have been convicted of a felony then you can’t participate in sports). Maybe he’s planning on hanging out with Josh Gordon.

  9. barkleyblows says: Jul 5, 2014 8:50 PM

    Stop with the dumb comments about Urban Meyer. He is no different then Les Miles, Nick Satan, Brady Hoke.

  10. eidolon21 says: Jul 5, 2014 9:17 PM

    Urban meyer is a cheater who hires felons to play football

    Barkley Blows is right

  11. norvturnersneck says: Jul 5, 2014 9:27 PM

    When Urban gets back, he’ll suspend him…for a practice. Way to go Urban. You really know how to pick them.

  12. dkhhuey says: Jul 5, 2014 9:38 PM

    Guys – your Urban lines are old, tired, and false – you’re educationally lazy and it is showing – and you’re not worth another line of content.

    As for Tracy – sh!t just go real with heroine in the picture. If true, sadly, you just pissed away a very promising football career, an education, and a great deal of you youth.

    I hope this turns out to be overblown because of the damage facing this young man… if it is not – well, I hope you can learn for your mistakes because this one is a massive one

  13. jdomro1 says: Jul 5, 2014 9:48 PM

    Per Kyle Rowland from the Lorain police, possession of heroin was NOT one of the charges filed. Everybody pump your brakes until all the facts are released.

  14. jdomro1 says: Jul 5, 2014 9:51 PM

    Check out @KyleRowland’s Tweet:

  15. dkhhuey says: Jul 5, 2014 9:56 PM

    jd – just read that over on 11 Warriors site as well – hopefully this turns out to be true! All the other stuff can be dealt with – but heroine – that is jail time and f@#$ed future!

  16. dcroz says: Jul 5, 2014 10:24 PM

    So a player gets into trouble at Alabama, and barkleyblows is all over it, telling us about how typical it is of Nick “Satan” and his cheating ways and how bad UA is and how stupid ‘Bama fans are and how the whole state is awful.

    A player at OSU gets into trouble and someone says something bad about Meyer, and barkleyblows gets all defensive of good ol’ Urban.

    Wonder who he cheers for?

  17. pugsley927 says: Jul 5, 2014 10:42 PM

    Urban will make him a captain for this.

  18. onbucky96 says: Jul 5, 2014 11:48 PM

    Glad Urb brought class to the BIG10. Look at the arrest records of his recruits at Florida, he turns a blind eye to criminal behavior if you’re an elite talent.

  19. ducksk says: Jul 6, 2014 1:49 AM

    Lawyers guns and $. Please please stop giving scholarships to hoodlums!!!’n

  20. yungslimdaballa says: Jul 6, 2014 2:23 AM

    ah had a college scholarship. ah was recruited to be ah running back ta iowa state. givin scolarships to guys from da hood isnt always bad an im ah example a dat

  21. gritzblitz66 says: Jul 6, 2014 2:50 AM

    He’ll be suspended for one game. Just so happens it’ll be their game against Ohio valley state technical college.

  22. 700levelvet says: Jul 6, 2014 4:19 AM

    Urban Meyer is about as classless as it gets … Will he offer prayer sessions? Seriously, why would any parent entrust their child with this fraud..

  23. dkhhuey says: Jul 6, 2014 11:24 AM

    @700 – because he is not actually the person you have cemented in your brain. You are clueless, have no idea what goes on at OSU, inside the locker room, or inside these kids homes! I’ll take the word of the parents and kids that are involved in the situation opposed to an ignorant, ill informed, intellectually lazy individual such as your self!

  24. bigbuckeye76 says: Jul 6, 2014 1:03 PM

    College football player busted for drugs…. This could only happen at OSU under Urb…..yeah….right.

  25. barkleyblows says: Jul 6, 2014 2:00 PM

    I actually respect Urban unlike Nick Satan and Wes miles. Just sayin moron

  26. waynefontes says: Jul 11, 2014 2:09 PM

    When it relates to anything SEC…

    barkleyblows says:
    Jul 5, 2014 6:43 PM
    Stay classy $ECheat!!

    Typical thug and jailhouse conference

    When it relates to Urban Meyer….

    barkleyblows says:
    Jul 5, 2014 8:50 PM
    Stop with the dumb comments about Urban Meyer. He is no different then Les Miles, Nick Satan, Brady Hoke.

    Urban Meyer is an enabler. But since he’s YOUR head coach, you turn your head the other way when he does any of his misdeeds.

    Smell the hypocrisy… Urban Meyer is a great coach, but he is an enabler with a track record far worse than Saban or Hoke (Miles is pretty bad, I’ll give you that).

    I think Michigan could do better than Brady Hoke (I honestly don’t care at all about him or Michigan), but I don’t see how his track record compares to Urban.

    Don’t get so sensitive when it comes to your enabling coach and all of his skeletons.

    Ohio State has a lot of great fans (I really respect dkhhuey, he is a great Buckeye fan who talks up his team and supports his program without having to trash anyone else).

    Then you have people like Barkleyblows, who will blurt out $ECheat any chance they get, but please… “stop with the dumb comments about Urban Meyer” when anyone calls out his enabling coach with a history of questionable decisions.

    You can’t have it both ways. Or actually you can, and everyone will call you out on it like they already have.

    Your inferiority complex is showing, and it’s not pretty.

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