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COLUMBUS — Defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been dismissed from the Ohio State football team, a school spokesman said today.
The announcement came after Sprinkle spent the weekend in a suburban Cleveland jail on charges of cocaine possession, rioting, and failure to disperse. He pleaded not guilty to all charges today in Lorain Municipal Court and was released on $2,000 bond. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for July 31.
The team spokesman said Sprinkle's status with the Buckeyes "will be re-evaluated after all legal issues are resolved."
Sprinkle, a 19-year-old Elyria native, was arrested early Saturday after a massive brawl at the Grown and Sexy Lounge.
A redshirt freshman, Sprinkle was named 2012 Ohio Division I co-defensive player of the year after recording 103 tackles and 19 sacks as a senior at Elyria High.