Ohio State’s football program reinstated dismissed defensive end Tracy Sprinkle, according to an announcement by the school on Tuesday. As part of the dismissal, he will currently serve a one game suspension.
Sprinkle pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor of attempted failure to comply with police during his hearing in municipal court last week. The hearing was part of a plea deal for prosecutors to drop the cocaine and drug paraphernalia possession, as well as riot charges. He was fined $500 and ordered to perform community service. In addition, he was placed on probation with advice from the judge to “stay away from bars”. Luckily, he also dodged felony charges from the bar fight incident.
Despite the courtroom drama, he has been welcomed to the team and returned just in time to participate in the season’s first official practice but coach Urban Meyer says he’ll have to do “a multitude of other things” before suiting up and stepping on the field.
Sprinkle is the second defensive end suspended by the Buckeyes before the season opener.