Ohio State will be without one of its top defensive linemen for the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. Adolphus Washington has been suspended by the Buckeyes following a citation for solicitation this week. Officially, Ohio State says Washington was suspended for a violation of team policy.
Washington was arrested and charged for a first-degree misdemeanor solicitation Wednesday night. The charge came from City of Columbus police. Washington is due to appear in court on December 17.
Washington was Ohio State’s second-leading tackler this season with 49 tackles. On the same defensive line as Joey Bosa, the Buckeyes had a tough combo of players for opposing offensive linemen to handle. With Washington now out of the mix for the Fiesta Bowl matchup against Notre Dame, Ohio State will have some time to prepare his backup for the starting job. Sophomores Donovan Munger and Tracy Sprinkle have been listed as backups for Washington this season. Sprinkle had his previous legal infractions nearly cost him a spot on Ohio State’s roster. In August 2014,
Sprinkle had his previous legal infractions nearly cost him a spot on Ohio State’s roster. In August 2014, Sprinkle rejoined the Buckeyes following a cocaine possession charge and involvement in a bar brawl. The drug charges were later dropped and he tested negative for cocaine, which led to a chance to return to the team. Sprinkle has played in 11 games this season and has three tackles.
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.
A dismissed Ohio State defensive lineman pleaded guilty to his role in a massive altercation outside an Ohio bar earlier this month. Tracy Sprinkle will now wait to see if he will be allowed to return to the Buckeyes roster in time for the fall season after pleading no contest for a reduced charge for failure to comply, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Sprinkle had his charges reduced after drug tests using various samples returned negative results just days after the arrest. Sprinkle had been facing a cocaine possession charge. Police admitted the drugs may have come from another person apprehended in the vehicle, according to Eleven Warriors. Because the drug test came back negative, Sprinkle was fortunate to be able to negotiate a lesser charge. He was fined $500 and placed on two years of probation. He will also be required to do some community service.
Sprinkle was arrested over the weekend of July 4 for his role in a bar brawl. He was later dismissed by head coach Urban Meyer, but an Ohio State spokesperson suggested a potential return to the team would not be eliminated from the discussion of his future.
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 Cleveland.com 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.
Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle was charged for cocaine possession according to a police report. As previously reported, heroin was not a part of the Sprinkle’s arrest over the weekend following a bar brawl. Unfortunately for Sprinkle, cocaine charges are not that much of a better alternative.
Police were called to respond to a “large fight in progress” at the Grown & Sexy Lounge in Lorain, Ohio, according to Cleveland.com. Sprinkle was reportedly one of an estimated 50 people outside the bar when police arrived. According to the police report, several groups of people were fighting outside the lounge as police arrived on the scene. Sprinkle is accused of participating in the fighting, for which he was arrested and taken away in custody.
Police found two small bags of cocaine stuffed under the back seat after Sprinkle was removed from the police vehicle. Police verified the 0.2 grams to be cocaine, and charged Sprinkle for possession as a result.
Sprinkle has been indefinitely suspended by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.