Baugh Once Again In Trouble With the Law
January 22, 2014 12:30 PM
Marcus Baugh's difficult beginning to his Ohio State career just took another step backwards.
As reported by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, court records show the redshirt freshman tight end Baugh was charged with underage drinking, a first-degree misdemeanor on January 17 in Columbus.
The charge is Baugh's second for the same offense in less than year. He pled guilty to underage drinking and carrying a fake ID last July. That incident led to a one-game suspension for the Buckeyes' 2013 opener against Buffalo and his removal from "all team activities" over the summer. After the suspension, he was redshirted for the 2013 campaign.
Eleven Warriors is reporting that Baugh has now been suspended indefinitely after the latest charge but this has not been confirmed yet by the university.
Local Radio Personality Fired
October 24, 2012 6:30 PM EST
Normally this page is for players when they act outside the line. This time, the story is about a radio personality that did something he regularly made fun of players for doing ... a misguided tweet.
Scott 'the Torg' Torgerson, sports talk-show host tweeted he wished ESPN's Desmond Howard would get fired or die. First he was suspended indefinitely by Dave Van Stone, president and general manager of WBNS 97.1 The Fan. Today it was confirmed he has now been fired for the tweet. WBNS is an ESPN affiliate and the flagship station for Ohio State athletics.
Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State player who is a college football analyst on ESPN with Howard, blasted Torgerson during his own WBNS program. Herbstreit said the tweet was "disgusting and very sad" and "crossed a line."
Klein Dismissed From Team
July 8, 2012 6:30 pm EST
Although things do not look favorable right now, this one may be a situation that needs to play out fully to know the status when the season starts.
Storm Klein was dismissed from the Ohio State football team by coach Urban Meyer after the senior’s arrest on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and assault. According to the statement released from Urban Meyer, this is the type of reaction player should expect for this situation moving forward.
“It has been made very clear that this type of charge will result in dismissal,” Meyer said in a statement. “If there are any changes in the charges, we will re-evaluate his status.”
Klein was arraigned in Franklin County Municipal Court yesterday morning and pleaded not guilty to the charges after his arrest at his Columbus apartment.
Prosecutors indicated he was involved in a physical confrontation with a former girlfriend. Klein wrapped his arms around her and grabbed her forearms, causing scrapes and then threw her against the front door, causing her head to hit the door.
As it stands, though, “The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State football program,” said Meyer.
Social media may not be the best thing for Klein to use at this time but he tweeted “You can’t fight crazy with crazy, maturity trumps everything,”
Klein was expected to compete for playing time as a middle linebacker after starting 10 games last season but was limited in spring practice because of injuries. After the spring, he was listed on the depth chart as the backup to sophomore Curtis Grant.
Stoneburner And Mewhort Suspended
June 3, 2012 11:00 pm EST
Meyer needs to see evidence of intelligence for his new team. He needs leaders by example. How smart do you need to be to know not to pee in public?
Channel 10 has reported tonight that the attorney for Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort said the players have been temporarily suspended from the team following their arrest yesterday. The charge: obstructing official business after allegedly urinating between buildings near the Bogey Inn, a restaurant near Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Arraignment for the two players will be June 11.
Stoneburner and Mewhort were expected to be integral players for the Buckeyes this season. Stoneburner, a tight end/wide receiver, caught seven touchdown passes last year and is expected to be a frequent target in the Buckeyes’ new spread offense. Many of the pre-season magazines list him as one of the top players in the country at his position. Mewhort is the starting left tackle and considered the leader of the offensive line.
Ray Small's Actions Match His Name
February 28, 2012 7:00 pm EST
On the football field wide receiver and kick returner Ray Small had a few flashes of greatness but never quite lived up to his expectations on the field. Now his off the field behavior brings his name into the headlines again. Unfortunately this time, it is not only below expectations, it is criminal.
Authorities confirmed Small has been charged with drug possession in southern Ohio after a traffic stop. The State Highway Patrol says he was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for allegedly speeding on Route 33 Sunday.
Small has been charged for allegedly possessing 243 suspected Oxycontin pills, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, undisclosed suspected amounts of heroin and a loaded 25-caliber pistol after the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over and searched.
Small was released pending a March 15 hearing.
The former wide receiver was one of several players involved in a football memorabilia scandal at Ohio State. Small told 'The Lantern' last year that he sold championship rings and other memorabilia for cash and got car deals
Clarke In Trouble .... Again
January 12, 2012 8:30 pm EST
It appears we will have an early test for Coach Urban Meyer. After a year of complete turmoil, it would fantastic to see the new coach establish a zero-tolerance policy with the players and perhaps minimize the off field problems. Now he gets that chance to start.
Cornerback Dominic Clarke pleaded not guilty in Franklin County Municipal Court after being charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, speeding and running a stop sign. This would seem to be a clear case, if he is found guilty, the punishment could stretch to the football team. Clarke paid a fine after being charged with disorderly conduct for an October incident in which he shot a BB gun off a campus restaurant overhang, so this is not his first off field incident.
Asked about Clarke, Meyer said doesn’t know the whole story yet.
“What we’ll never do is say we’re going to make an example out of a kid,” Meyer said. “However, he broke a team rule. I’m still getting information. "I don’t really know him. I think I’ve met him one time. I’m very, very disappointed because some things regarding expected behavior were covered in the team meeting. It’ll be dealt with very swiftly and sternly at the appropriate time.”
As a Buckeye fan, I am looking forward to that.
Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Berry
October 27, 2011 1:00 pm EST
Ohio State tailback Jaamal Berry has been accused of assault, battery and ethnic intimidation in a civil lawsuit filed Thursday morning in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The lawsuit is based on an incident that occurred Friday near the North Market. The plaintiff was "struck in the face with a closed fist," according to the Columbus police report.
Jerry Emig, assistant director of athletics communication, said the athletic department is aware of the lawsuit.
"It is our understanding that a civil lawsuit will be filed against Jaamal today," Emig said. "This is not a criminal charge. If he is charged with committing a criminal offense, he will be suspended from the team."
Edwin Hollern, the plaintiff's attorney said the remedy for the incident is compensatory damages and punitive damages, asking each in excess of $25,000, according to court documents. The victim's mother, who requested anonymity, said they are not pressing charges for monetary reasons, but because her son was assaulted and that OSU has not properly disciplined Berry.
"If Jaamal is charged, he will be suspended pending the outcome of the case," Gene Smith said.
Jaamal Berry Finds Himself In Front of Police Again
October 25, 2011 6:30 am EST
For the second time in four weeks, Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry has been named a suspect in an altercation. According to reports, this incident occurred Downtown early Friday morning. Berry is accused of having struck a 21-year-old man with a fist. The incident occurred at 2:20 am at 45 Vine St., the location of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. The alleged victim refused medical treatment.
At this time he has is still with the time but officials have indicated Berry will be suspended if charged.
According to the police report, Berry argued with the alleged victim and then struck him in the face. He accidentally hit another person who was attempting to break up the fight. Berry then allegedly bragged to another witness about what he had done.
On Sept. 28, Berry was involved in an altercation on campus. No charges were filed in that case. Afterward, Berry underwent tests at the OSU Medical Center to determine what might have triggered his involvement in the incident.
Buckeye Cornerback Involved In Gun Matter
October 13, 2011 5:00 pm EST
Had a long day, got off work late, imagine how disappointed I was to turn on 97.1 the Fan only to hear yet ANOTHER story of an OSU player in trouble. Cornerback Dominic Clarke won’t accompany Ohio State when it plays Illinois after being charged for disorderly conduct for allegedly shooting a BB gun from the overhang of a dormitory restaurant Sunday night. Perhaps this is not true, but if it is, looks like we have another case of someone not using their best brain cells when making decisions. And Clarke was a Big Ten All-Academic as a freshman last year.
According to Ohio State Deputy Chief of Police Richard Morman, Clarke was arrested after 9:00 pm. Sunday after a witness reported 2-3 people shooting what was believed was a paintball or BB gun above the MarketPlace restaurant at the William H. Hall Student Residential Complex at 1578 Neil Avenue. When an officer responded, Clarke was the only one remaining on the scene. There were no injuries or property damage from the incident.
“It’s in the university’s hands,” Ohio State coach Luke Fickell said. “There’s not a whole lot we can talk about with it. It’s our decision – my decision – that we won’t have him on the trip with us.”
“This is an isolated incident,” Fickell said. “He’s very remorseful. It’s just a little thing that happened on campus. It’s not something we’re dwelling on.” (Have we heard this before from AD Smith? Exactly how many incidents do we have to have before it is no longer isolated?)
Freshman Doran Grant or redshirt sophomore Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown will fill in for Clarke on Saturday, Fickell said. Brown was moved to safety last season from cornerback.
3 More Players Suspended for Nebraska Game
October 3, 2011 4:00 pm EST
Same headline, different players. It is really a good thing we don't have a problem at OSU as AD Gene Smith assures us.
Ohio State is in trouble with the NCAA again, this time because three Buckeyes players accepted too much money for too little work in their summer jobs. Daniel Herron, DeVier Posey, and Marcus Hall will not be permitted to play this Saturday when the Buckeyes play Nebraska on Saturday.
Athletic Director Gene Smith insisted at a Monday afternoon news conference that there was no "systemic" problem at Ohio State, which has admitted to having several players involved in different NCAA violations over the past 10 months. He blamed it all on the athletes, former coach Jim Tressel and a booster who on Monday was banned from further contact with the Buckeyes. Do you think that maybe the NCAA thinks Smith has a role as well?
"These failures are individual failures: failures of individual athletes, and as you know unfortunately a previous coach, and a booster," Smith said when asked if the latest violations will lead to more serious institutional charges of lack of control and failure to monitor from the NCAA. "So it's not a systemic failure of compliance. I'm optimistic and I'm confident that we will not have those charges."
This is the first suspension for Hall.
Two other players also were paid for the summer work, which included working at a car wash or picking up scrap metal. Defensive lineman Melvin Fellows is out with a medical hardship and starting linebacker Etienne Sabino has already been reinstated by the NCAA.
The booster who paid the players, a Cleveland-area businessman named Bobby DiGeronimo, was dissociated from the program after years of being a friend of Buckeyes football players and a major fan. Smith declined to answer a question about why Ohio State had not looked closer at DiGeronimo and his relationship with players.
The players were paid $15 an hour - although they said they were not told how much they were going to be paid. According to Ohio State's self-report, Posey was overpaid $728, Herron and Fellows $293 apiece, Hall $233 and Sabino $60.
Ohio State confirmed that Adams and Thomas have been cleared for the game Saturday.
3 More Players Suspended for Akron Game
September 1, 2011 5:30 pm EST
Ohio State suspended three players for receiving at a charity event this year. Running back Jordan Hall and defensive backs Corey Brown and Travis Howard have been suspended for Saturday's game against Akron for each receiving benefits of $300 or less. ESPN.com published that Ohio State self-reported the violations and has petitioned the NCAA for their reinstatement, although the school is also considering additional sanctions against the players.
"We take this matter seriously," athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. "Our commitment to institutional integrity is steadfast, and we must hold everyone associated with our athletics programs accountable for lapses in judgment. We believe in transparency with the NCAA, all regulatory bodies and all of Buckeye Nation."
Hall and Howard were schedule to start the Akron game, while Brown is a reserve. At running back, sophomore Carlos Hyde and freshman Rod Smith are listed on the depth chart behind Hall. Sophomore Dominic Clarke is listed behind Howard at cornerback.
The suspensions come as Ohio State awaits a ruling from the NCAA's Committee on Infractions regarding violations committed by former coach Jim Tressel, former quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four current players. Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the season for trading memorabilia items in exchange for cash and tattoos.
Art Schlichter Pleads Not Guilty
May 5, 2011 7:00 pm EST
Former OSU quarterback Art Schlichter should not be tried in Columbus, his attorney said after Schlichter pleaded not guilty to theft charges.
Schlichter, 51, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges in a 13-count indictment. He is accused of bilking people in what authorities have described as a million-dollar ticket-selling scheme. Schlichter's defense attorney, Sam Weiner, said outside court that publicity over the case has "poisoned the well" for any trial in Columbus. He quipped that Schlichter could probably get a fairer trial in Ann Arbor, Mich., than in Columbus.
Schlichter was indicted Friday after prosecutors and his previous defense attorney, Sam Shamansky, were unable to reach a plea agreement, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
Shamansky said plea negotiations broke down over Schlichter's request that his bail be lowered so he could be released for gambling addiction treatment and to spend time with his family before being sentenced, according to the report. Schlichter is currently being held on $1 million bail.
Schlichter is facing 12 counts of theft and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. He is accused of bilking at least $680,000 from Anita Barney, the 69-year-old widow of former Wendy's president and chairman Robert Barney, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Schlichter's football-playing career was done in by a gambling addiction, and he went to prison for gambling-related crimes.
Coach Tressel is Fined and Suspended
March 8, 2011 8:00 pm EST
It started with a Yahoo Sports story and since it was online, you never know how much truth exists until details unfold. Well, we don't know too many more details now, but we know something is not right with the program.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has accepted a two-game suspension and a $250,000 fine for failing to report potential NCAA violations committed by his players. In the press conference, Tressel keep the confidentiality of two of his players’ connection to a federal drug trafficking investigation outweighed his contractual obligation to report potential violations to other Ohio State officials.
Last April, Tressel received e-mails from an attorney who said two Buckeyes were involved in an ongoing federal investigation. The attorney also wrote that the players might have been given free or reduced services from a local tattoo parlor, and that the players were selling their championship rings. The attorney asked Tressel to keep the information confidential, Tressel said.
In December, five Buckeyes, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling gear and awards to the owner of the parlor. Tressel said then that he had no knowledge of the players’ violations until other OSU officials learned of them in December from the local U.S. Attorney’s office.
Ohio State has submitted a self-report to the NCAA on this matter. The association’s committee on infractions could add to the penalties imposed on Tressel. It could also cite the university for failing to monitor the football program or failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance.
“We’re hoping the process will move expeditiously,” Smith said. “Faster than normal.”
Tressel’s contract with Ohio State stipulated that the school could have fired him for his transgressions. But school president G. Gordon Gee said that was never an option.
“No. Are you kidding me?” Gee said. “I’m just happy the coach isn’t dismissing me.”
Tressel, Smith and Gee declined to answer several questions about details of the case, including whether the coach forwarded the attorney’s e-mails to other parties. Tressel did say he had not had discussions with any federal authorities, and that none of his players had been charged with a crime.
Tressel will return to the sidelines Sept. 17, when the Buckeyes visit Miami.
And it appears as though Tressel will coach the team long after that game as well.
“Wherever we end up at the end of the day,Jim Tressel is our football coach,” Smith said. “He is our coach, and we trust him implicitly.”
6 OSU Players Suspended - But Not Till Next Year
December 23, 2010 9:30 pm EST
What the players did was not an example of good judgement, but was it worthy of a five game suspension?
As reported from the NCAA, Terrelle Pryor and four other Ohio State players will be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season because of violations. However, all five will be eligible to play in the Sugar Bowl.
The other four involved in the five-game suspension next season are wide receiver DeVier Posey, running back Dan Herron, left tackle Mike Adams and backup defensive end Solomon Thomas. The five were sanctioned for first accepting discounted rates on tattoos and then letting that escalate into selling personal OSU memorabilia to the owner of a local tattoo parlor for thousands of dollars over a period starting in 2009. Also, backup linebacker Jordan Whiting will miss one game.
But all six will be eligible to play in the Sugar, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs said in the NCAA news release announcing the sanctions. There are allowances for that, he said.
"The policy for suspending withholding conditions (suspensions) for bowl games of NCAA championship competition recognizes the unique opportunity these events provide at the end of a season, and they are evaluated differently from a withholding perspective," Lennon said. "In this instance, the facts are consistent with the established policy."
The problems came to light as a result of a federal probe into the affairs of the tattoo parlor owner. Smith said the U.S. Attorney's office notified OSU officials on December 7th that during the searches related to the probe, a stash of OSU memorabilia signed by the players in question was discovered.
The subsequent investigation by the OSU compliance office led to interviews with the players and then the suspensions. This is what each of them will have to repay to regain eligibility next season:
- Adams must repay $1,000 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring. - Herron must repay $1,150 to a charity for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving discounted services worth $150. - Posey must repay $1,250 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200 and receiving discounted services worth $50. - Pryor must repay $2,500 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university - Thomas must repay $1,505 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155 - Whiting must pay $150 to a charity for receiving discounted services.
"We will appeal the game suspensions," Smith said at a press conference today, but he also praised the NCAA for reacting quickly to the situation.
Smith went on to say that the U.S. Attorney's office assured them that as far as the players' involvement was concerned, "this is not a criminal case. ... And it is not an agent or booster case."
October 15, 2010 9:30 pm EST
There has been a lot of discussion this week as a result of the Sports Illustrated article featuring a former football player agent, who reported providing payments to several college players. Buckeye Nation peaked its interest as one of the names he provided was former OSU standout Santonio Holmes.
The Associated Press is now reporting that Ohio State has closed a brief investigation of alleged payments by an agent to Holmes five years ago after consulting with the NCAA, which is not pursuing the matter.
"During an interview on Wednesday, Holmes stated he never received money or benefits from an agent," Ohio State said in a statement released Friday. "The institution has contacted the Agents, Gambling and Amateurism staff at the NCAA, and the NCAA has stated it does not intend to investigate anything further related to the allegations."
The university did not say why the NCAA was closing the books on the matter, but since it allegedly took place in November 2005, it would be beyond the organization's four-year statute of limitations for infractions.
In the SI article, former agent Josh Luchs said he approached Holmes in November 2005, right after Holmes' junior season at Ohio State. Holmes, who caught the winning touchdown pass in the 2009 Super Bowl while with the Pittsburgh Steelers, now plays for the New York Jets.
"We met him outside the football building," Luchs said in the article. "And he said, 'Listen, I want to save you the time. We don't need to meet. I've been taking money from [an agent] the last couple years, and he's been taking care of my family too."
Coach Jim Tressel said Thursday that he was troubled by the report but was reassured by Holmes' denial. Tressel said he did not bring up the Sports Illustrated article as a cautionary tale to his players this week because the top-ranked Buckeyes have enough to deal with preparing for the big showdown at #18 Wisconsin this week.
Tressel, who has frequently spoken out about agents who make improper inducements to college athletes, said there is a constant threat to student-athletes' eligibility.
"I guess it just reminds you that stuff is out there," he said. "We've told our guys many times that there are 1,200 registered agents and only 300 have clients, so that means 900 desperate folks. And desperate people do desperate things, whether it's to try to get clients or to try to clear their name or whatever. So, it's part of life."
April 19, 2010 7:00 pm EST
Where there is smoke there is usually fire. Hopefully that is not the case with OSU recruit Jamel Turner, as reports out of his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio is that he was wounded in a shooting late Friday night. Police reports say Turner was shot in his ankle and hip while traveling in a car along Interstate 680. His injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening. Turner was the passenger in the car.
WYTV Channel 33 in Youngstown reported a bag of marijuana and two handguns were found in the car. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the driver of the car, 32-year-old Ramses Terry, has been arrested several times for gun and drug crimes. Let's just hope that Turner not only heals physically but can also learn to make better life choices.
Turner, who signed in February, has had other troubles of late. After being declared academically ineligible at Ursuline High School in Youngstown, he transferred to Fork Union Military Academy, only to be dismissed last month. Turner has been working to complete his high school degree so he can enroll at Ohio State this summer.
Turner told OSU blog Eleven Warriors, "Don’t count me out, but count on me because I’m hungry and I want it. I won't fail the Buckeye Nation."
December 23, 2009 6:30 pm EST
We have been hearing about it for a couple of days but now it is official. The Buckeyes will be without senior wide receiver Ray Small and senior defensive end Rob Rose for the Rose Bowl Game against Oregon. Coach Tressel confirmed this today on his radio show. The coach didn't provide specific reasons for the suspensions.
"It is especially disappointing when young people lose the privilege to compete, especially because it is the Rose Bowl and they are seniors," Tressel said.
This is in addition to the announcement last week that Carter would be out but provided no reason, though sources say it was because of academics. The sources also said both Small and Rose violated a team rule. Rose had also been in some academic trouble following the release of fall quarter grades.
Small, who has had conduct issues throughout his college career, is the team's number 3 wide receiver and top punt return man. Carter is the team's 4th receiver, while Rose is a reserve defensive lineman who has recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Tressel said wideouts Taurian Washington and Lamaar Thomas as well as tight end Jake Stoneburner must now take on larger roles in the Buckeyes' passing game.
Each time this happens I always think the future players will learn from these mistakes. Maybe we will never hear what happened, but you would think eventually the kids would learn from the past.
June 14, 2009 2:00 pm EST
Buckeye recruit Jaamal Berry admits to buying and planning to smoke the marijuana found in his car last Thursday morning in Miami, FL. He was found with 28 grams of marijuana which is a third-degree felony. Berry was pulled over after he ran a red light at 12:10 am. And what is it that Coach Tressel always says "Nothing good happens after 10:00 pm.
Although Tressel is known for saying the players need to be inside the dorms early, he is not saying whether Berry will be reporting to for summer term as originally expected. He was scheduled to be in Columbus in time for the start of classes June 22nd. I am sure that Coach Tressel will wait to see all the details unfold this week before rendering a decision on the would-be freshman's future with the team.
Since Tressel has been coach at OSU, there have been four players charged with felonies, and none of them returned to the team. In 2002 Marco Cooper was charged with drug abuse and carrying a concealed weapon. In 2004, where charged with robbery and receiving stolen property and in 2005 Jonathan Skeete was charged with drug trafficking. - Gregg
April 30, 2009 12:30 pm EST
Walk-on tailback Bo DeLande was charged with DUI yesterday after a traffic stop on Tuesday according to court records. This occurred on campus at N. High St. and W. 11th Ave. DeLande was pulled over for making an illegal left turn. Given a breath test, his blood-alcohol level was measured at .133. In Ohio, the legal limit is .08. DeLande is 20, so he's underage.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Franklin County Municipal Court.
DeLande is entering his third year in the program. He redshirted in 2007 and did not play in 2008.
April 20, 2009 10:00 pm EST
Doug Worthington, senior defensive tackle was ordered to pay a $350 fine and attend a three-day alcohol-intervention class for a drunken-driving charge he pleaded guilty to in January. Franklin County Municipal Judge James E. Green also restricted the driving privileges to work and school for 270 days.
Shortly after 3:00 am July 26, OSU police stopped Worthington's Cadillac sport-utility vehicle for speeding on Woody Hayes Drive in front of Ohio Stadium. Worthington registered a 0.095 percent blood-alcohol content on a breath test. In Ohio, a driver is considered drunk at 0.08 percent. He has already completed the class.
March 1, 2009 2:30 pm EST
Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts were cited on January 14th after being pulled over for running a stop sign at Pearl St. and E. 14th St., in the campus area. They will be in court this week to face misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Each has pleaded not guilty. Adams has a pre-trial hearing set for Monday and Shugarts for Wednesday, both in Franklin County Municipal Court. The charge is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.
Both players saw some action in 2008 but their playing time was limited due to injuries. Adams should move into the left tackle position vacated by Alex Boone. Shugarts will compete for a starting job as well.
February 2, 2009 10:00 pm EST
Dispatch.com and Fox News has reported former OSU lineman Alex Boone was arrested yesterday after a drunken outburst in Alisa Viejo, CA. Boone spent last night in the medical ward of a jail in Santa Ana.
According to Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino, police responded to a call of a man yelling and jumping on cars outside an apartment building, where Alex was living while training for the NFL draft. Amormino said that when police arrived, Boone at first tried to flee. Because he appeared to be heavily intoxicated, police transported him to Saddleback Hospital. There, Amormino said Boone was yelling and cursing at nurses.
Boone then was taken to jail, but remained so uncooperative that the booking process could not be completed. During the process, he had to be stunned with Tasers several times in order to be subdued. He has been charged with resisting arrest and obstructing police. Amormino said Boone could face more charges, related to public drunkenness and/or related to the damage to cars. Prosecutors have not yet handled the case.
Amormino said Boone's blood-alcohol level was at least three times the legal limit, which is 0.08 percent. , just as it is in Ohio. Boone is 6-foot-8 and 312 pounds. OSU coach Jim Tressel was disappointed by the news.
"Alex headed California to focus solely on his training," Tressel said. "It is so disappointing to hear that he had this mishap. His intentions were to prepare for his NFL dream."
This is not Boone's first alcohol-related incident. In April 2006, after his freshman season at OSU, he was charged with drunken driving after being involved in a two-car accident in Columbus. His blood-alcohol level at the time was 0.159. He pleaded no contest and was fined $300 and given a 10-day suspended jail sentence.
Heading into preseason camp that fall, Boone talked openly of having a problem with binge drinking, but said he had quit drinking. Last fall, he told The Dispatch that since he turned 21 last May, he has had an occasional drink.
A native of Lakewood, Ohio, Boone played four seasons for the Buckeyes, from 2005- 2008, starting at left tackle for the majority of his career. He was named First Team All-Big Ten last season.
He has been working out at Velocity Sports Performance, a training center in Orange, Calif., since mid-January. Boone was projected as a mid-round NFL draft pick, we will find out in April if the arrest will change the minds of any NFL suitors.
January 27, 2009 2:00 pm EST
Defensive tackle Doug Worthington pleaded guilty today to a drunken-driving charge stemming from a traffic stop on Woody Hayes Drive on July 26, 2008.
Franklin County Municipal Judge James E. Green agreed to postpone sentencing until Worthington's parents could speak on his behalf. As a first-time offender, he is likely to be sentenced to pay a fine and attend a three-day alcohol-intervention class, a prosecutor said.
Worthington was driving a white Cadillac sport-utility vehicle when he was stopped by campus police at 3:13 am in front of Ohio Stadium for driving 16 miles over the speed limit. A breath test registered a 0.095 percent blood-alcohol content. An Ohio driver is presumed intoxicated at 0.08 percent. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed the speeding ticket.
Worthington is expected to return as a starting defensive lineman for the Buckeyes this fall. He played in all 13 games last season and had 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
January 7, 2009 11:30 pm EST
A plea deal has been reached with a former Columbus code-enforcement officer and former OSU football player Derrick Foster, who is charged with shooting two police officers through a door during a drug raid. Foster, 38, who has been held without bail since his arrest April 30th, 2008 at 1781 E. Rich St., agreed to plead guilty to at least one felony charge on Friday, prosecutors said yesterday. A hearing has been set for 10:30am before Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David W. Fais.
Foster went to the house to gamble in a dice game according to his attorney, Samuel B. Weiner. When officers began to enter, Foster thought the place was being robbed and fired through the door. Officers Anthony Garrison and John Gillis were wounded. They will be at the hearing, said Jim Gilbert, president of Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9.
"Both officers … are aware of his plea set for Friday," Gilbert said. "They are happy that this case is being brought to a conclusion. We believe this deal is going to be fair." Weiner could not be reached for comment yesterday. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien would not give details of the plea agreement.
Police said the raiders announced that they were police officers.
Foster is charged with two counts of felonious assault, each carrying up to 13 years in prison. He resigned from his city job, which he held for 13 years. He has received support from some former Ohio State athletes, who knew him as a defensive end for the Buckeyes football team between 1989 and 1992.
December 11, 2008 10:30 pm EST
Defensive end Nathan Williams was arrested by Beavercreek police for allegedly shoplifting three shirts valued at $80 from the Macy's department store in the Mall at Fairfield Commons in suburban Dayton. He claims he was arrested trying to protect a friend.
Williams said he was with a friend, and as they were walking out of the store, the alarm went off. His friend told him he had the three shirts, and Williams agreed to take the shirts -- and the blame. He was booked and released and faces an arraignment hearing Tuesday in Fairborn Municipal Court. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Williams said he had not yet told coaches or even his family about the incident.
November 11, 2008 8:30 pm EST
Former Ohio State starting offensive lineman T.J. Downing has been charged with drug trafficking, felony drug abuse and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.
Franklin County Municipal Court records show that the 24-year-old Downing was arrested in the Columbus suburb of Grandview Heights on Sunday. A native of Canton, Downing lettered three years for the Buckeyes, from 2004 through the 2006 season that ended with a lopsided loss to Florida in the national championship game. Downing was not drafted but signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in April 2007. He was cut before the season began.
October 23, 2004 9:00 am EST
Ohio State has suspended starting tailback Lydell Ross for the game today against Indiana after he was accused of passing a dancer fake currency at a Columbus strip club. Shelby Rupe, general manager of Pure Platinum, said Ross admitted to her that he used the fake money but did not know it was fake. When Ross refused to say who gave him the fake money, a complaint was filed. The case is under investigation but Ross was not arrested and has not been charged.
The incident took place early Sunday morning after the Buckeyes returned home from a 33-7 loss at Iowa. Pure Platinum has an in-house currency system that comes in $10 increments with serial numbers. The money is typically used to pay the dancers for 'special dances'. Rupe detected the fake money when Ross was using $50 bills with no serial numbers.