Ohio State junior defensive end Noah Spence was missing in action in Saturday’s shutout against Kent State due to a “university and conference rule violation” that ruled him ineligible for play.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Spence’s parents were informed that their son tested positively for drugs again in a meeting with defensive end coach Larry Johnson, Urban Meyer, and Spence himself. Late last season, he was suspended for three games after testing positive for ecstasy at the Big Ten Championship game. Notable Ohio State blog Eleven Warriors confirmed that Spence’s suspension is because of a twice-failed drug test.
The suspension would have been lifted this week had he not tested positively for the drug a second time. Spence admitted to the drug use to both his coaches and his parents during the meeting. After the first offense in January, Spence’s father came to his defense by telling the media that his son accidentally consumed a spike drink while at a party.
The Spences intend to get their son “the best medical attention [they] can”, as seen in an email written to the Dispatch. They hope that by seeking adequate medical treatment, he can continue his football career at Ohio State.
Despite being a five-star recruit and earning All-Big Ten as well as academic All-Big Ten honors his sophomore year, Spence’s football career and draft potential are hanging by the rafters after another failed drug test. Though Ohio State has remained mum on the length of his suspension, both publications believe it to be indefinite.
*Section Photo credit to Adam Cairns, Columbus Dispatch; Featured Photo (above) credit to Cary Edmondson, USA Today Sports