Ohio State had no choice but to suspend talented defensive end Noah Spence for a failed drug test just as he was to become eligible to return to the playing field this week. As originally reported by suspend talented defensive end Noah Spence for a failed drug test just as he was to become eligible to return to the playing field this week. As originally reported by Eleven Warriors, Spence failed a drug test that put his entire playing future in Columbus at risk. The Buckeyes suspended Spence for a violation of a Big Ten rule regarding drug use, and the Big Ten rules mean Spence may be suspended for the entire season, pending an appeals process.
Spence may be remorseful as his playing future now is incredibly clouded, and he is making an effort to issue an apology for his decisions. In a text message to The Columbus Dispatch Saturday morning, Spence apologized to his teammates and fans.
“I want to apologize to my family, Ohio State’s coaching staff, the Big Ten Conference and Buckeye Nation for the disappointment,” Spence wrote in a text message to The Dispatch. “I will work extremely hard to get healthy and to one day use this unfortunate situation to be a positive role model for others. “Thank you.”
The apology probably works better if said in front of the team and coaches, which may or may not have happened anyway. It remains to be seen just what the future holds for Spence. His playing days in Ohio State appear to be at risk, and the NCAA rules could wipe out the remainder of his two years of eligibility at any level. Here’s hoping this talented student-athlete can clean up his life, avoid troubles like this in the future and find a way to continue playing at some level. It is a shame when a young player with so much potential on the field potentially imploded his own career.