Jamal Marcus, Brandon Ojikutu Dismissed from Ohio State for Violation of Team Rules

By Kyle Rowland on May 26, 2014 at 2:58p
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Junior defensive end Jamal Marcus and junior wide receiver Brandon Ojikutu have been dismissed from the Ohio State football team for violation of team rules, sources told Eleven Warriors.

Marcus recorded six tackles in the Orange Bowl, where he was thrust into the starting lineup after Noah Spence’s suspension. For the season, Marcus had 21 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

He was expected to provide depth throughout the season, especially during Spence’s two-game suspension to begin the season. But Marcus was conspicuously quiet during the spring, taking reps with the second and third-team defense. The final two weeks were spent on the sidelines due to academic constraints.

Backups Steve Miller, Tyquan Lewis and Rashad Frazier all took reps ahead of Marcus at some point in the spring.

As a freshman, Marcus tallied eight tackles, mostly as a special teamer.

Ojikutu, a walk on from Cleveland, Ohio, joined the team  in 2012.

Ohio State did not immediately respond to request for comment. 

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Memorial Day weekend claims some more poor souls.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

IH8UOFM's picture

Quickly becoming my least favorite holiday for this very reason :(

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Crumb's picture

Didn't Tress get canned during Memorial Day Weekend?

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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IH8UOFM's picture

Yeah, that was the worst one ever.

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cw823's picture

Happiest memorial day for me.

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Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Always 2 sides to every story...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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AndyVance's picture
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dubjayfootball90's picture

I wonder what happened. Shows the there is a no nonsense policy at tOSU. Still wish him luck. Kid was going to have a good year, I could just feel it.

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wolfman's picture

One of my favorite Scrubs episodes...love that version of "Overkill" too!

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Northbrook's picture

Johnny don't like.

cinserious's picture

If you pause the frame, there is a hidden message behind Jack's rage.

#RM237

Gone ham, be back soon...

JollyFatMan's picture

Hmm..

How firm thy friendship..

IH8UOFM's picture

Just got done telling someone that "nothing good happens between now and August in College Football"

*sigh*

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LouGroza's picture

Can't say Urban plays favorites. This is a guy that was going to be a force for the defensive unit in 2014. To dismiss him says a lot.

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UrbanCulture's picture

Hope they find a landing spot somewhere and get back on their feet. With that said, maybe Urban and co. don't have to be so tight with who they offer on the recruiting front and offer some Ohioans dying to be buckeyes.

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Byaaaahhh's picture

Paging Nick Conner...

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pdan46's picture

I agree 100% re Ohio kids dying to be Buckeyes. This comes on the heels of losing Hentges to Alabama with little chance of getting Clark. I don't even know Conner but am certain, if he becomes a Buckeye, he will never be dismissed from the team!

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Katzfan's picture

No, in fact Urban said Marcus' highlight tape was sick and that it was like top 2 or 3 that he's EVERY seen.... SO unfortunate. These, kids, have the world by the nut-sack and just do not want to follow the rules.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got nine guys who better go do it again. Do it a little harder next time." -- Urban Frank Meyer  -- I LOVE THIS DUDE!! :)

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Wtf!? I wish we knew what could be so bad to kick him off the team. Damn it!  I liked him.   I guess it has to be pretty bad because Urban talks about helping young men and not giving up on them.   Arrrrrrggghhhh!!!!!!

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The Clean North's picture

Trust in Urban. Also take it easy we are deep.

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Really wish we had some background info on the situation. Oh well, If it was bad enough to get booted I'm sure we would all probably disagree on it anyways.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

FROMTHE18's picture

its going to be nice when we start ADDING to our program instead of losing players from it. Between the Edwards decommit, the lack of commitments, other high profile prospects saying they are high on OSU and then go elsewhere, and now this, 2014 has been very unkind to the Buckeyes. Hope momentum finally starts an upward trajectory soon.

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edr4225's picture

 

lets go bucks!!

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WhySoSerious's picture

Jamal really man.. I'm going back to sleep..

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Brandon Ojikutu

I'll pretend that I know who that is.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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PittBuckeye's picture

I think you're playing that wrong. Have to go with something like "I really liked that kid, and couldn't believe he didn't get some major offers. Major sleeper really to bad to see this happen"

Just so you know for next time.

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motobuckeye's picture

Bright side, another scholly opens up.  All we need now is someone to say yes to it lol.

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Pretty sure this just gets us back down to 82 after the Lindsay transfer.  Could be wrong though.

m4's picture

According to the Land-Grant Holy Land, Columbus Dispatch reporter Bill Rabinowitz, has confirmed that Jamal Marcus is no longer on the team, however he was not kicked off the team. He is transferring due to academic performance.

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Blackbeards Delight's picture

Well he won't have to work any harder on academics but will wind up on the deans list if he transfers to an $EC site. And he'll never be late to class with that new car he'll be receiving.

Thanks for the editing note, auto incorrect. Too soon I take it

Crunchy Peanut Butter Bitches.

- Me

 

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HandsOfSweed's picture

You spelled "wind" wrong.

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Jason Priestas's picture

I'm comfortable with what we reported. This has been in the cards for a while and the academics angle is a soft spin (though I have no reason to doubt that's what Bill was told).

When we stop breaking news that the Dispatch has to subsequently follow-up on and confirm, I'll start worrying more about what we report.

osu07asu10's picture

Priestas throwing darts!

 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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teddyballgame's picture
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Northbrook's picture

WTF would downvote that?

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Marcus.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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808buckeye's picture
That Sucks

 

From the 808

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

Worse than not getting a recruit. I would take a happy productive Marcus over anyone we are trying to recruit.

Sad day.
Dude is a beast.

Best of luck young man.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I'm not sure about Ojikutu, but Marcus had some serious potential.  Not sure where it all went wrong.  Damn.  Hopefully they can bounce back.  Memorial Day weekend seems to suck for OSU football this decade.

Class of 2010.

Wesleyburgess1's picture

What do you want to bet he will be All-ACC/SEC in two or three years and a second rounder. Probably another Cam Newton situation minus the Hiesman. Bullshit. Cant stand OSU putting all the time and effort into training someone and then someone else reaping the benefits.

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Crumb's picture

Poor kid, blew a big opportunity too, with Spence out the first couple games, guess who was penciled in to start on the opposite side of Joey Bosa.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Man, this sucks big time!  Jamal stepped his game up in the Orange Bowl when we needed someone to.  Major loss. 

 

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AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

GAT dammit! He was my fav and was gonna have great playing time this year. SMH!

 

IH8UOFM's picture

Wonder if theres any chance Jamal can make his way back on the team. i really hope it wasnt anything horrific that he did.

hardkorethree's picture

Considering this past spring and everything being reported I highly doubt it.  To be honest, I think the best option for himself at this point might be transfer as well.

1. He was relegated to third team work, with rumors of a poor spring.  I'm not sure if this was entirely academics related, or perhaps also coupled with lack of complete effort on the field.  Either way, not good.

2. He missed the Spring game and presumably the spring practice scrimmage due to "academic reasons"

3. It is being reported that he is transferring out for "academic reasons", not dismissed.  I'm sure he received A LOT of help academically as a football player here, and I'm presuming his "exploring majors" is not one of the toughest majors on campus.

With that I wish Brandon Ojikitu and Jamal Marcus the best of luck in whatever their future holds.

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Nick's picture

Everyone is put into "exploration" until they declare a major which you have so much time to do. It isn't an actual major :)

hardkorethree's picture

Whoops, should have looked more into my post when I said "his major".  I get that you can't graduate with "exploring majors", brain slip.  I'm not sure how that term exactly works at Ohio State, but I presume he's allowed to take any easy pre-req or gen-ed courses that sort of interest him?  Does Ohio State force someone to decide on a major at any point?  I graduated from a private college that seen very few people enter "pre-declared"

BuckeyeOfTheTiger's picture

you have to choose a major by the end of your 2nd year, at least that's how it was when I entered OSU in "Exploration" in 2007

The Rill Dill's picture

Anyone that pushes Urban's buttons, at this point-----is a MORON.

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chicagobuckeye's picture

I had a bad feeling about him since the spring started. Dominated in the orange bowl in spences absence, and yet hadn't heard a thing about him during the spring. 

Colby3333's picture

UNC Chapel Hill baby.  Gladly welcomes Jamal Marcus.  Academic issues, no problems here.  Welcome aboard son!  Mark my word.  Soon to be Tarheel!

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osu07asu10's picture

Hey SquirrelMaster...where's Fada's dismissal?

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Squirrel Master's picture

This has nothing to do with that, and I see you still don't have a clue.

FYI, this is due to his academics. He was released from the team because he wasn't performing well in school. It has nothing to do with Fada and what punishment he might get or not. Fada will still have to answer to Urban once they come back for training camp. This is a carryover from spring ball.

another point, what happened to Marcus was not off-season. Fada's arrest happened during the off-season. 

but keep beating that drum dude. 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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osu07asu10's picture

FYI, this is due to his academics. He was released from the team because he wasn't performing well in school. 

Was it really academics?...Pretty sure this states "violation of team rules" and Priestas has stated the academics were a soft spin.

Although it has been reportedly in the works for weeks with Marcus, why wouldn't Urban just announce all 3 of the punishments or dismissals at the same time? 

 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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GVerrilli92's picture

I'm not sure what your motives are.

Why would you speculate that he did something worse than what he's accused of? He's a buckeye. He will always receive the benefit of my doubt.

With that I wish the best to Marcus. He was an NC kid, so he was a little source of attachment to the program for me in some regard.

He was obviously very talented, and seemed to be one of the few defenders in that Orange bowl playing with any emotion. But, like it or not, you still have to perform at a minimal level academically. That's the deal and it's why college athletics cannot veer away from amateurism. Without the possibility of this happening, what are we asking of these kids? Are we improving their lives if they're above punishment like this? Accountability finds you eventually, and an actual salary for players would only encourage the idea that they are already above that. I'm not going to say that I'm "proud" that OSU is willing to make a move like this, but it sends a message that nobody on the team is above set rules, or the culture of the program for that matter. Undoubtedly a season impacting announcement, but it does speak a small truth to the state of the program under UfM.

How many cheeseburgers are you gunna drive into that dirty old cheeseburger locker Brady Hoke?

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osu07asu10's picture

I'm not sure what your motives are.

Why would you speculate that he did something worse than what he's accused of? He's a buckeye. He will always receive the benefit of my doubt.

What did I speculate on? He was dismissed for a violation of team rules. Jason Preistas, ruler of all things 11w, has confirmed Marcus was dismissed for a violation of team rules, that it was weeks in the making, and that the academic issue was a "soft spin" on his dismissal from the team.

Don't assign or question my "motives". Listen to what 11w and the staff have reported on. 

I hope nothing but the best for Marcus and wish his tOSU career had a different ending.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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GVerrilli92's picture

Not bashing, it just read as if you wanted him to be guilty of something worse. I was just defending Marcus and the program.

How many cheeseburgers are you gunna drive into that dirty old cheeseburger locker Brady Hoke?

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osu07asu10's picture

Not bashing, it just read as if you wanted him to be guilty of something worse. I was just defending Marcus and the program.

Nothing I said even comes close to negative towards the program or Marcus. Simply clarifying the reason he is no longer part of the program. 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Athens BuckCat's picture

ugh I had high hopes for him this year 

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cw823's picture

a junior WR that is nobody and a junior end who has looked decent, at times.  But sure, let's go all 2015 recruiting and pretend like the sky is falling.

bigtenspeed's picture

Would've been nice to get good news in the offseason...for once.

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rkylet83's picture

Seriously, why does a super talented kid throw it all away.  Its really sad.  I hope he lands on his feet somewhere else.  Wow, I had really high hopes that he was going to be a monster this season.  We REALLY need some good news and now.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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GVerrilli92's picture

Well there goes my argument.

I guess it just doesn't matter why he's gone. He's just... gone.

How many cheeseburgers are you gunna drive into that dirty old cheeseburger locker Brady Hoke?

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

So was he dismissed or is he transferring on his own accord?

If he's transferring, why is he transferring (since he claims he was in "good academic standing")?

Things sound fishy here.  My gut tells me he was dismissed.

Zimmy07's picture

"Defensive ends redshirt-freshman Tyquan Lewis and redshirt-senior Rashad Frazier impressed the Ohio Stadium crowd of 61,058, as they combined to record four sacks including a strip sack by Frazier of Barrett, which led to the first score on the game after Frazier fell on the fumble in the end zone for a Scarlet touchdown."

- Suddenly I feel a bit better about the Spring Game.