The suspension of Ohio State starting quarterback J.T. Barrett will be a costly one for the young quarterback. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer announced today Barrett will forfeit his scholarship for a semester, which will mean Barrett will have to pay to stay in school in Columbus. An Ohio State spokesman says Barrett’s summer aid is what has been taken away.
Barrett was suspended for this week’s game against Minnesota after being charged for operating a vehicle while intoxicated Saturday morning. Barrett was thought to be facing a possible two-game suspension as punishment for the OVI charge, but instead he will only miss one game while forfeiting his scholarship for a semester.
“He has to to counseling and some other things through the university,” Meyer said when discussing Barrett’s status Monday. “That will be done.”
Meyer used the precedent set with Jack Mewhort in 2012, Meyer’s first season with Ohio State. Mewhort was charged for obstructing official business. Mewhort was stripped of his scholarship and would have to earn it back.
“You’ve gotta earn that back,” Meyer said. Meyer was undecided on whether or not Barrett will slide right back into the starting job after serving his one-game suspension against the Gophers this week. Cardale Jones will assume the starting role this week, and Meyer will be expected to make a call on Barrett next week.