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Urban Meyer dismisses Sprinkle from Buckeyes, but for how long?

Tracy Sprinkle

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer gets plenty of criticism for the way players under his watch have been handled when they happen to get into some legal trouble. That narrative was silenced on Monday as Meyer dismissed defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle, who was charged with cocaine possession after being arrested for being a part of a massive bar brawl last week.

Sprinkle may be gone from the Buckeyes roster for now, but Doug Lesmerises of says a school spokesperson mentioned his position could be re-evaluated at a later time. Sprinkle pleaded not guilty on charges stemming from the brawl. In order to be able to return to the Buckeyes roster, Sprinkle may need all of the charges to be dropped or a court ruling to go in his favor on at least some of the charges.

Of course, such a return to the roster would not be unprecedented under Meyer. Linebacker Storm Klein was welcomed back to the program after he reached a plea agreement in a domestic violence incident in 2012. Klein had been dismissed from the program previously, but Meyer allowed him to return after serving a two-game suspension.

If Meyer is going to run the program with an iron fist, then standing firm on Sprinkle’s dismissal will be necessary if any Sprinkle is found guilty of any of the charges against him. This is not to suggest Sprinkle or any other player is undeserving of a second chance if not sitting in jail, but a change of scenery may be in the best interest for all.

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26 Responses to “Urban Meyer dismisses Sprinkle from Buckeyes, but for how long?”
  1. seminolez says: Jul 7, 2014 12:57 PM

    After “Mr. July” brought Urb back in the news, this kid is gone.

  2. irishlad19 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:08 PM

    We’ll see if it’s the ol’ Urban being Urban, or if he’s really changed

  3. canetic says: Jul 7, 2014 1:10 PM

    Dismissed! (until the heat dies down)

  4. slash714 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:16 PM

    Meyer hands out the toughest punishment in the country. Swift and no nonsense. Lsu and alabammy suspend players for a game for armed robbery, and missagain let’s rapist play for two years.. Well done Meyer.

  5. jimbo75025 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:22 PM

    Was this guy expected to get any playing time? If so then let’s all remember to revisit this come September.

  6. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says: Jul 7, 2014 1:28 PM

    Urban Meyer’s track record speaks for itself, and has been quite consistent.

    If the player in question is an All-American, 1 series.

    If the player in question is a starter, 1 half.

    If the player is a role-player (special teams or key back-up), 1 game.

    If the player is a bum, he gets kicked off the team, which coincidentally, frees up another scholarship.

  7. dhardy8207 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:52 PM

    slash714 says:Jul 7, 2014 1:16 PM

    “Meyer hands out the toughest punishment in the country. Swift and no nonsense. Lsu and alabammy suspend players for a game for armed robbery, and missagain let’s rapist play for two years.. Well done Meyer”


    Please elaborate on the players from BAMA that have committed the crime of “robbery” and was only suspended.. I know you can’t! If you are refering to the incident where DJ Pettway was an onlooker, you are terribly incorrect. ALL 4 players in that incident were not only dismissed from the team but also expelled from the university. DJ faced his punishment within the legal system, went to a JUCCO for a year and proved himself to be a great student and law abidding citizen. He did what was ask of him in order to get a second chance.

    Knowing the facts as well as acknowleging them might help you look less like a cry baby and jealous moron when you post…

  8. barkleyblows says: Jul 7, 2014 4:05 PM

    If this kid was on an $ECheat team he would only be suspended for half of a quarter.

    At the very most!

  9. buckeye1979 says: Jul 7, 2014 4:38 PM

    Most of you do NOT know what you are talking about. Remember Carlos Hyde??? All-Big Ten Running back, Carlos Hyde??? 1st round Draft pick Carlos Hyde??

    He was charged with assault for apparently hitting a female. When a VIDEO, yes a VIDEO of the complete argument was reviewed, it was found that Carlos Hyde DID NOT STRIKE ANYONE, let alone the female in question.

    Yet, Carlos Hyde was still suspended for three games his senior season, simply for “being at the wrong place at the wrong time.” That’s an example of the correct discipline.

    Let’s also remember, these are college kids. In this case with sprinkle, Urban is not waiting on any legal decision, he is taking action.
    The idiot, who cited Urban’s discipline record based on the skill level of the player is just that, an idiot.

  10. seanb20124 says: Jul 7, 2014 4:42 PM

    Are BIG 10 scholarships guaranteed for 4 years?

  11. hotlantalaw says: Jul 7, 2014 5:30 PM

    Typical buckeye lax policies

  12. dkhhuey says: Jul 7, 2014 6:43 PM

    @lanta – typical idiot comments from clueless posters that have little or no grasp of the facts or of reality!

  13. tbonz7 says: Jul 7, 2014 7:03 PM

    Let’s see what Saban does with Drake.

  14. mauldawg says: Jul 7, 2014 7:13 PM

    UM has done the right thing for the first time in his life as a coach. His record at FSU speaks foe itself. Dirty coaches take care of dirty players. How long before UM allows this dirt bag thug back on the team,. Any bets?

  15. sportsguy3434 says: Jul 7, 2014 7:21 PM


    FSU or UF? Glad you are informed on the topic.

  16. tony34343434 says: Jul 7, 2014 7:28 PM

    this kid will be back once the big 10 schedule starts or maybe this kid never played one or the other.

    Meyer would not cut a starter even if they were jack the ripper!!!

    Meyer word is worthless just like a degree from OSU!!!!!!!!!

  17. polegojim says: Jul 7, 2014 8:18 PM

    Great title!

  18. buckeyes72 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:06 PM

    Tony343434.. I sure hope you don’t need some kind of assistance from someone who’s degree is from OSU. You might be screwed because you said their worthless. Actually I hope it’s a dentist and we pull a few extra teeth because we don’t know any better! #youareamoron

  19. thetooloftools says: Jul 8, 2014 1:16 AM

    Don’t forget people, Sprinkle is only 19 ears old. What was he even doing in a bar? Local reports say he consistently ignored police requests that he leave the area. What a dolt. Because who doesn’t want to listen to police when you have cocaine in your pocket?

  20. revrn2 says: Jul 8, 2014 9:02 AM

    He’ll be off the team until needed then miraculously he’ll be cleared and back on the squad. LOL ohio what a joke.

  21. tigersfandan says: Jul 8, 2014 9:14 AM

    Buckeye fans, get a grip. Not everyone who dares question your coach is an idiot.

  22. dhardy8207 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:11 AM

    tbonz7 says:Jul 7, 2014 7:03 PM

    Let’s see what Saban does with Drake.


    LOL… You can’t be serious! Drake was arrested for a class A misdemeanor for crossing a crime scene tape. Your boy on this thread was popped for Cocaine and participating in a public brawl which at some point might add some assault charges to that.

    While I will admit that crossing the crime scene tape was not a smart idea on Drake’s part, this young man made the ultimate dumb ass move by trying to leave his bags of cocaine in a police cruiser!

    Drake’s case is not even close in comparison but haters will make the attempt…

  23. gatorprof says: Jul 8, 2014 1:44 PM

    I think that I have seen this movie before (several times) and know how it ends.

  24. tony34343434 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:36 PM

    buckeyes72 no dentists coming from OSU.

    No IVY growing on those walls!!! hahaha

    OSU they are usually graduating and saying do you want fries with that or do you want a happy ending after the massage! hahahaha

  25. tony34343434 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:39 PM

    the question is what is higher?

    The amount of NCAA violations that OSU has or the SAT scores of applicants? its close!!

  26. cincyfredo says: Jul 13, 2014 10:16 PM

    If the kid is any good, he may miss 1 game.
    All Urban Renewal wants is to go undefeated.
    Breaking the law is no big deal to anyone associated with BuckNut Nation. So if this kid is needed, he’ll be back by the second cupcake game of the season.
    Sickens most people in Ohio that are not on the C-Bus wagon the way FOOTBALL IS GOD at Ohio State U.
    Go Bearcats …

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