Monday, September 22, 2014

OSU player kicked off team, pleads not guilty

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer dismisses DE Tracy Sprinkle, who pleads not guilty to charges
Posted on July 7, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 7, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State defensive end Tracy Sprinkle has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, rioting and failure to disperse after a weekend bar fight in Lorain, Ohio.

Also on Monday, coach Urban Meyer kicked the 19-year-old redshirt freshman off the team pending the outcome of his legal problems.

Sprinkle, expected to contribute as a backup defensive lineman this fall, was arrested early Saturday after the fight at the Lorain bar. The police report says the Elyria, Ohio, native was first charged with rioting and failure to disperse and later with drug possession after suspected cocaine was found hidden in the seat of a police car where Sprinkle was held.

 Cincinnati's quarterback Gunner Kiel passes the ball against Miami (Ohio) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Cincinnati, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Updated at 5:18 p.m.
 FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014 file photo, Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant defends against Kent State during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. With Cincinnati and their quarterback Gunner Kiel coming to Ohio Stadium on Sept. 27 to face Ohio State, it figures to be an important gauge of whether Grant and the Buckeyes' rebuilt pass defense can stop teams through the air. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Updated on Sept. 18, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.
 FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel throws against Toledo in an NCAA college football game in Cincinnati. Cincinnati hosts Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Sept. 20, and then plays at Ohio State. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Updated on Sept. 15, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.
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