Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Ohio State all-Big Ten defensive end Noah Spence has been suspended three games because of an unspecified rules violation.
The Buckeyes announced the suspension after the appeal of Spence’s parents and the university athletic department was turned down by the Big Ten.
With the suspension, Spence will miss Friday’s Orange Bowl and the Buckeyes’ first two games of the 2014 campaign against Navy and Virginia Tech. He will be eligible to play until Ohio State’s tilt with Kent State on Sept. 13.
According to a report by the Columbus Dispatch, Spence used “an unapproved dietary supplement.” A source told Cleveland.com that Spence failed a test prior to the Big Ten Championship Game last month.
The Big Ten tests players year-round and also tests those on the travel roster for the conference title game. The league does not test for street drugs, but does test for performance-enhancing substances.
The Buckeyes and the NCAA also test players at various junctures throughout the year. The university tests for both street drugs and PEDs.
Earlier, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer revealed that Spence did not travel with the team for the Orange Bowl when the Buckeyes arrived in south Florida Sunday.
However, Meyer expressed hope that Spence would join the team prior to Friday’s game against Clemson.
Spence leads the Buckeyes with eight sacks this season and ranks second on the defense with 14.5 tackles for loss.