Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been suspended indefinitely by the school after being arrested at a local drinking establishment during the holiday, as John Taylor of College Football Talk passes on. He says it’s unclear why the player was arrested or what charges he might face.
The news has already hit Columbus, though, as the Buckeyes already suspended Sprinkle indefinitely for the Fourth of July incident. That will likely keep him out of any activities for the remainder of the offseason as the school awaits more information from authorities on the situation.
Sprinkle was a three-star member of the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class, ranked as one of the better defensive end prospects in the country. He enrolled early at Ohio State, then took a redshirt for his true freshman season to better prepare for the rigors of Big Ten football.
Expected to make the team as a sophomore, his future is now clouded with the arrest. However, considering we don’t know many details, it’s difficult to gauge how much anyone should be concerned. He may not even be charged with anything, though the team is obviously reacting to the arrest as much as anything at this point. There may be other punishments in store for Sprinkle from OSU, depending on how the legal proceedings go.
The Buckeyes once again will enter the 2014 season as one of the top teams in college favorite and a favorite to win the Big Ten championship. We’ll have to see if that campaign ultimately includes Sprinkle.