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Tracy Sprinkle is back with Buckeyes, receives suspension

Tracy Sprinkle

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer told reporters at Big Ten Media Days that Tracy Sprinkle was no longer a part of the program. Sprinkle was charged with cocaine possession after a bar brawl in Elyria, Ohio. Even though Meyer dismissed the defensive lineman, the coach left the door open for Sprinkle’s return to the team.

“You remove them from the program and readdress it at the appropriate time (if something changes),” Meyer said at the time.

The appropriate time came a week later. Sprinkle returned to practice Monday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The opportunity to return to the Buckeyes was based on the outcome of Sprinkles’ legal situation. Sprinkle pleaded no contest Thursday to lesser charges.

Sprinkle was previously expected to be a part of the Buckeyes’ defensive line rotation this season, but he’ll have to regain the coaching staff’s trust. Sprinkle didn’t practice with the team’s veterans Monday afternoon, per the Pain Dealer. He was on the field during the morning session with team’s younger players.

At 283 pounds, Sprinkle presents the size and athleticism to provide depth at both defensive end and defensive tackle. But he must first earn his spot among one of the most talented units on the Buckeyes’ roster.

UPDATE: While Sprinkle was reinstated to the team, he will be suspended for Ohio State’s first game of the season against the Navy Midshipmen.

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22 Responses to “Tracy Sprinkle is back with Buckeyes, receives suspension”
  1. eidolon21 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:45 PM

    These guys are going to have to kill someone to get kicked off the team! Oh wait its Urban even that doesn’t matter.I

  2. tigers182 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:58 PM

    The only thing that can stop Meyer is his wife catching him with another teenage student… I mean poor health.

  3. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 4, 2014 5:59 PM

    I’m not sure if that’s fair in this case. The media hype was much more than what this dude actually got charged with. That being said, it’s not like Meyer needs any more players like this given all the recent actions of his former players. I wonder if he’ll get the SEC discipline…miss the first play against an FCS school.

  4. jec332 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:02 PM

    I am shocked, I tell you. Shocked.

  5. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 4, 2014 6:04 PM

    I was ready to send this kid straight to prison after the first reports that he was going to be charged with dealing cocaine and heroine. I heard the charges were dropped because the substances weren’t his. I would have thought the police would have done their due diligence before any charges were pursued. I wonder if he was being held for suspicion or whatever. Seems like there is some missing information here.

    Still, that kid put himself in a very bad spot and jeopardized not just his playing career but his freedom. Pretty poor choice in my opinion.

  6. mauldawg says: Aug 4, 2014 6:18 PM

    UM has no soul. He traded it for wins. UM will do anything to win a ball game. This is just another example of how gutless he really is.

  7. dkhhuey says: Aug 4, 2014 6:39 PM

    Do you morons even bother to understand the facts before vomiting out your stupidity? Of course not, what was I thinking!

    The kid had nothing on him, passed drug tests, including hair samples which show at least 90 days worth of drug use – ALL CLEAN! The cops then recant their testimony and admitted that there was another person in the car prior to Tracy being placed in it.

    Should he have been involved in bar fight – of course not. He made a stupid decision! He’ll get a second chance to make that right. Get the facts straight!

  8. ducksk says: Aug 4, 2014 6:48 PM

    These are not kids. They are young men under a athletic scholarship. For those of you to simple to understand and were 4th chair French horn in high school band, when you agree to play you get a free education and a ton of perks. In return, you should be held to a higher standard. F-ing joke.

  9. basebuck says: Aug 4, 2014 7:21 PM

    Can’t believe this is big news. This kid as never really even played at OSU but because it is THE Ohio state university, it becomes big news! The coverage on OSU is big, they fart, it’s news!

  10. laxer37 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:49 PM

    In summary:

    OSU thinks cocaine use is very bad.

    Pleading “no contest” to possessing cocaine while in a bar fight is just fine.

  11. laxer37 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:59 PM

    basebuck says:
    Can’t believe this is big news.


    Which is exactly why you’re a homer.

    Unfortunately, Meyer’s well publicized history of ignoring his players criminal activity and Tressel’s cover up and eventual firing will always keep OSU in the spotlight.

  12. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 4, 2014 9:04 PM

    Buckeye fans on here getting mad. Yeah, because your boy’s past history shows he hates having criminals on his team….

  13. dkhhuey says: Aug 4, 2014 9:48 PM

    derek – no, not really, we just hate moronic comments

  14. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 5, 2014 8:53 AM

    LOL. Typical Theeee Corrupt State University Suckeyes and Urban Liar.

    im sure he will hold some more Bible Studies for Sprinkle like he did for Aaron Hernandez. Not surprising that he reinstated a thug. I think the Suckeyes need to be renamed the Thugeyes and Oscar “Thug” Meyer.

    its funny how defensive Suckeye fans get too when their “program” is criticized. and all the excuses they make for thuggery in their progran.

    New moniker for their university should be THUG U

  15. dhardy8207 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:53 AM

    Most drug dealers don’t do drugs because it would mean smoking, snorting, ingesting the product for sale. In most states if you’re caught inside a vehicle and drugs are found in that vehicle, unless one of the occupants fesses up, everyone goes to jail. The fact that he could plead to a lesser charge means the DA would have had an uphill battle in proving “beyond reasonable doubt” that the drugs were his.

    dkhhuey says:Aug 4, 2014 9:48 PM

    “derek – no, not really, we just hate moronic comments”

    Pot meet Kettle; it certainly doesn’t stop you from making rush to judgement comments about other teams and their players with issues.

  16. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 5, 2014 1:37 PM

    ooooh what a stiff suspension against Navy. LOL. The Thugeyes are a joke and same with Oscar Meyer.

    way to send a message Urb. suspend him for the Navy game.

    i can see why THUG U always starts out with a cupcake in Game 1. in case they need to suspend one of their 93 Thugs it wont really mean anything.

  17. jrs45 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:33 PM


    I’d like to know who your college team is. Lol I’d talk trash too if I was a Clowns fan

  18. jrs45 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:36 PM


    The Drive The Fumble The Move Red Right 88 lol I’d make fun of college teams too.

  19. barkleyblows says: Aug 5, 2014 8:25 PM

    Lmao I get a kick out of this Cleveland Clowns fan talking trash!! He’s almost as bad as Wesconsen or Go Blow fans.

  20. jrs45 says: Aug 5, 2014 8:38 PM

    Seriously Barkley. I mean seriously. The guy rips on every little thing about OSU. Probably a Cane or scUm fan.

  21. stoicpaisano says: Aug 5, 2014 8:40 PM

    Pleading “no contest” to possessing cocaine while in a bar fight is just fine.
    That’s not at all what Sprinkle pled “no contest” to.

    Try reading the fucking article before flaming next time.

  22. dkhhuey says: Aug 6, 2014 7:50 PM

    dhardy – you’re full of shit and completely wrong! At no point in time have I EVER made a statement about a school/conference arrest statistics nor have I made any presumptive statement other than I will wait until the case is adjudicated!

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