Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has indefinitely suspended backup defensive end Tracy Sprinkle after he was arrested and charged with cocaine possession, rioting and failure to disperse.
Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig said a felony arrest is grounds for automatic university suspension while a misdemeanor charge is up to the discretion of the coach.
The defensive end’s fate will not be decided until the legal situation is finalized, he added.
The 19-year-old Sprinkle pleaded not guilty Monday and is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on July 31.
Sprinkle was arrested Friday following his alleged involvement in a bar brawl at the Grown & Sexy Lounge in Lorain, Ohio.
Police responded to a “large fight in progress” that included around 50 people, according to an officer on scene.
The melee stemmed from a battle between Sprinkle and Wayne Blue. The two were seen shouting at each other outside and didn’t stop when police arrived.
Sprinkle was tossed into the back of a squad car and the drugs were later found stuffed under the seat after he was removed.
Blue told police he was struck in the face with a bottle by the Buckeye, but Sprinkle “denied any involvement with anything and otherwise remained quiet.”
Sprinkle redshirted his first season in Columbus and was expected to contribute as a backup this fall.