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.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.