COLUMBUS - Ohio State football announced Tuesday the reinstatement of dismissed defensive end Tracy Sprinkle. He will now serve a one game suspension.
The former Elyria High School football star was dismissed from the program by head coach Urban Meyer in July after he was arrested for his involvement in a Northeast Ohio bar fight that later stemmed to a number of charges including cocaine possession.
Sprinkle pleaded no contest to an amended misdemeanor of attempted failure to comply with a police order during his hearing in a Lorain Municipal Court last week as part of a plea deal for prosecutors to drop the charges of cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and riot.
Sprinkle was fined $500, given a suspended 30-day jail sentence, ordered to perform community service and is on probation after the judge told him to stay away from bars, but, he is no longer under the threat of felony charges from the incident.
In light of the reduction of charges, Sprinkle has been welcomed back to Ohio State University, but remains on a short leash.
Although Sprinkle was able to return to the team just in time for the season's first official practice, in addition to the community service, head coach Meyer said Sprinkle will have to perform "a multitude of other things," before he can take the field dressed in the scarlet and grey buckeyes uniform.
He will be suspended for the season opener against the United States Naval Academy and will not have his scholarship for the summer session. It is also likely that Meyer and the Buckeye staff will inflict their own form of lesson teaching.
Sprinkle is the second defensive end suspended by the Buckeye's for the season opener as he joins teammate Noah Spence whose suspension for violating a conference rule from last season continues for the first two games of this year.