Ohio State Reinstates Tracy Sprinkle

By DJ Byrnes on August 4, 2014 at 4:45p
Tracy Sprinkle
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UPDATE (6:54 PM): Tracy Sprinkle will serve a one game suspension, and his reinstatement is still conditional:


Four days after getting cleared of drug charges and pleading 'No Contest' to reduced charges stemming from an altercation at a Lorain bar, Tracy Sprinkle is back with Ohio State football.

Urban Meyer was swift in severing ties with Sprinkle, but admitted at Big Ten media days he'd "reassess" the case if new facts came to light. Urban was apparently satisfied with the outcome enough to offer the defensive lineman another chance.

Here's Sprinkle listed on Ohio State's roster, per our Patrick Maks:

Tracy Sprinkle on the roster.

While Sprinkle wasn't expected to be a huge contributor this year, Lorain County-product earned many accolades during his prep career, including Ohio Division-I Co-Player of the Year.

This also continues the trend of Urban willing to reinstate players if the outcome of the situation isn't as grave as it first appeared. 

Like Carlos Hyde and Bradley Roby before him, Sprinkle earned a second chance. Now, it's just up to him as to what he does with it.

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Fatpants's picture

Grown/Sexy/Buckeye

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WhySoSerious's picture

welcome back..

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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RoyWalley's picture

He is not a Lorain product, he is from Elyria.

Make the most of your 2nd chance.   Good luck Mr Sprinkle

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Elyria is in Lorain County, no? Either way, should have put county. Fixed it though.

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

BuckeyeNationforLife's picture

God dammit, DJ he's from Elyria. Not Lorain.

This also reminds me of one of the most classic scenes in Blue Mountain State -

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AndyVance's picture

I'll be curious to hear if there is some punishment involved upon his return; Hyde and Roby were cleared last summer but still faced suspensions. I'm glad to hear Tracy is getting another chance, for sure.

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Poison nuts's picture

Agreed Andy. I bet there will be an in-house punishment, but as he's not a starter, probably not likely we'll ever know what it is. Good luck to him though - I hope he makes the best of this situation in more ways than one.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

bakerjon's picture

I seriously hope so. I'm skeptical here. Heroine involved? Even if he wasn't dealing or even using, this is a serious crowd to be hanging around. 

I would expect some suspension here as we've seen UFM do with other players, even if he was just involved in a bar fight.

Hope this young man grows from this and is able to have the kind of change that we saw in El Guapo last year, taking care of his business.

"He Good!"
"Good and terrible..."

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MN Buckeye's picture

I'll take a heroine any day.

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Urban Nation Army's picture

A Heroine may have been involved, but heroin was not.

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

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JoeAndSo's picture

Maybe some one on one time with a certain member of the coaching staff...

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯"  - Joey Bosa

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bodast67's picture

E-40 approves..."Sprinkle me man, sprinkle me man"

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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buckeyedexter's picture

I sure he'll get a hefty punishment from Meyer because he didn't walk away when he had the chance; last year that seemed to be what he was must upset about with Hyde.  But as far as a number of games suspension, I didn't expect him to play much this year so that doesn't really carry the weight.

Fugelere's picture

Glad that it wasn't as serious as earlier believed and glad that he's back with the team.  Lesson learned.

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512buckeye's picture

Next strike he's out.

Let's party, Columbus.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Welcome back, Tracy. Learn from your mistakes. Seize this second chance. Always remember to WALK AWAY! Be smart and good luck.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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chemicalwaste's picture

Good for him. I'm glad it worked out for the better. Could have ended much worse.

Hovenaut's picture

Good to hear... Welcome back, Tracy Sprinkle.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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BroJim's picture

Cheers!

I season my simple food with hunger

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BeijingBucks's picture

Stay Sexy Mr. Sprinkle... stay sexy.

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

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osupolo's picture

....and grown.....and just stay out of The Grown and Sexy. Keep your head up and your nose clean.

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toad1204's picture

I doubt he'll play the first four games and I'm sure Coach Mick will have some extra "work" for him.  At any rate I hope he's learned a valuable lesson and doesn't take his second chance for granted.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

airbuckeye's picture

Can you hear it ? Can you smell? The shit rolling out of the mouths of Scum fans about  Urban and how he lets crimals to remain on the team just so he racks up the win's. Im all for Urban giving this young man a second chance since he was cleared in court.

Now what this young man does with that second chance is all on him and i hope for his sake he learns from this and move's on and becomes a better man for it. I applaud Urban or any other couch who would take the time to let things like this play out in court first. Now Urban needs to lay down the law and make sure this young man know he is on a very short lesh and must work his way back into the fold for playing time and trust.

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Jabba the Hoke's picture

I can already hear it, but its really meaningless when Gibbons and Frank Clark stayed on the team. They would be dumb to make the argument here.

I hope Urban doesn't get burned by this decision and Sprinkle turns into a model citizen.

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Prickly_Pete's picture

Urban may take some heat, but at least he made the decision like a grown man and didn't hide behind a "team vote" like Les Miles did. 

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Hopefully he puts himself in better situations and/or starts hanging out with the right people and not falling on his face like this guy........

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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rosenbuck's picture

That yarmulke nope'd right on out of there, priceless.

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mtrotb's picture

Who cares as he will be buried on the depth chart.

mtrotb

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

We are here to support young men develop into productive members of society. You are right that he will probably be low on the depth chart, but that is no reason to not care. Urban's second chance offering may just be what Sprinkle needs to turn his life around.

How Firm Thy Friendship

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Chip's picture

"We are here to support young men develop into productive members of society."

LOL.  Come on.  We only "care" about their development into society because they play football for a team we like.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

...or perhaps they will become fellow alumni and we want our Alma Mater represented well?

How Firm Thy Friendship

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Citrus's picture

another example of the disconnect between those that attended and those that did not. However, we are never to speak of this or the down votes will rain down upon us like the vengeful wrath of God (if he showed wrath via valueless internet points and not floods or lightning or whatever). 

Myc24's picture

Welp. Congrats kid. Make it count!  Hopefully he has learned from this and be a positive influence on the other guys in the locker room in the "Hey bro, I've been there and you do NOT want that!" sort of way. 

"Because I couldn't go for three!"  - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

dwcbuckeye's picture

Anybody know what the asterisks mean next to some of the names?  Some have one, two, or three.

Jabba the Hoke's picture

I'm guessing varsity letters...?

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sharks's picture

Moral of the story: stay out of Lorain County.

Good to see him get another shot.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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DannyBeane's picture

Moral of the story, stay out of places that look like they belong in the Scooby Doo universe.

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BuckeyeGrownFloridaLiving's picture

Added D-line depth can't hurt. Glad he got a 2nd chance. Use it wisely!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I believe I'll wander over to College Football Talk and read all the butt hurt troll spew that is no doubt going on!

Welcome back Tracy - now go out and make amends by crushing anybody and everybody carrying the rock!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

THEOSUfan's picture

There was cocaine found in the back seat of a police cruiser where multiple guys who were arrested that night were held.  Was it his?  Only Tracy and God knows for sure, but there is reasonable doubt that it was his.

So, in the end, we have a bar fight (with the nuance that he was given the opportunity to walk away and didn't).  So, whatever Brad Roby got plus a game (4?), plus a year in Meyer's doghouse for being the lone Buckeye to get arrested over the summer and for ruining Urban's vacation.

irishfury's picture

What made me feel better is they did a hair test and it was clean.  I've read on other boards people that know sprinkles personally and where blown away about the drugs.  Said they know him and he not that type of kid.   The hair test shows he clean for at least a year and thats good enough in my eyes.  Also I did blow a teenager but I wasn't playing for osu.

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highwire's picture

Might want to edit that...yikes.

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Fatpants's picture

You did whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

Proofreading: makes a BBBIIIIIGGGG difference. 

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nfischer's picture

Lol.  He's going to break in to cold sweats when he checks back and realized what he typed.  Let's just hope Freud wasn't involved in that slip of the tongue.

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Rob Reese's picture

He's going to break in to cold sweats when he checks back and realized what he typed.

Kind of what I was thinking.  Ctfu!  I've got to give the guy an UV to help soften, ahem, the blow. 

tOSU class of 2009, College of Arts and Sciences

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Larryp713's picture

That slip of the tongue in context with blowing a teenager. I just crapped my pants. 

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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nfischer's picture

It was too tempting to pass up. :)

aboynamedtracy's picture

We all have our peccadilloes. And while I applaud your openness, perhaps some things are best left unsaid. 

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DannyBeane's picture

Also I did blow a teenager but I wasn't playing for osu.

Phrasing?

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Brutus's picture

Awesome Archer reference. Well done.

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OfficerRabbit's picture

I am laughing uncontrollably at your, ehh, "typo". Up vote for the laughs!

 

 

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

I suppose that was okay because you weren't playing for OSU. Oh the laughs

How Firm Thy Friendship

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osu07asu10's picture

This has been screenshot for future laughs. This is so amazing!

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

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Earle's picture

I liked it when you couldn't edit a post after it had been replied to. Those were good times. Proofreading is impotent.

Just say no to italics abuse.

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osu07asu10's picture

Haha impotent indeed. It's always good to remiss about the old times

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

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Boxley's picture

That is going to be a classic mis-quote for future readers. LOL, still LOL.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Boxley's picture

You might want to add the word  "as", as in "As a teenager" into your last sentence. Otherwise, all the "You Irish guys once you start drinking" stories are going to get really,,,,,,,,,,,

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

CGroverL's picture

Mr. Sprinkle...please do something positive with your life whether it has to do with football or not. Make us members of Buckeye Nation proud of you. Being a member of Buckeye Nation is not just like being a Miami Heat fan. We treat each other like family, take care of each other and always hope that none of us wants for anything. Be a part of Buckeye Nation forever. Get on the field, and play in the NFL, CFL, or AFL. We just want our Buckeye brothers and sisters to be leaders in the community and be winners at YOUR goals. We all wish you well on your return and I hope it all goes well. We don't get religious here, but you need to know that this Buckeye is looking out for you through Jesus. This is about you, not us, Mr. Sprinkle. Now...show us all what you can do and do it well.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

As a penalty, I suggest he not be allowed to use the new in-house barber for at least three haircuts.

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mtrotb's picture

No that is the problem he looks like a freak with his hair.  He needs to be the first one in the barbershop.  Will all the goody two shoes down vote this?

mtrotb

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highwire's picture

Society would be pretty boring if it wasn't for the freaks.

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MauricXe's picture

welcome back sprinkle! so glad this happened. i really hope he explodes on the field now wooo!

Fatpants's picture

Happy to see it. There's not much of a  future for him in Elyria.  

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

He got really lucky.  This could have turned out a lot worse.  Hopefully he uses this and decides to work to become the best DL he can be.  He's got talent, but at the D1 level you've got to work very hard.  Everyone has talent.  I sure hope he puts it all together.

Go Bucks!!

buckeyedude's picture

This is kind of shocking to me that he is getting less than El Guapo.

In hindsight, I think Carlos got screwed(definitely a pun) last year. He should have only sat out one game. He could have won the Heisman.

 

 

osu07asu10's picture

I think Urban was a little harsh with Hyde but I think the message Urban delivered was his "guys" (read starters, well known, stars, etc) may even face a stricter arm when being dealt with. Plus he was catching a lot of flak at the time for his player record

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

luckynutz's picture

The Hyde incident was front page news. And involved the allegationa of violence towards women...which is a core value of the program. Plus he was a senior, a starter and supposed to be an example of how to handle yourself for younger guys. All that added up to Meyer being heavy handed with the discipline.

yankeescum's picture

I am happy as hell, an Ohio kid getting another chance.  Just because a person is charged with something, doesn't mean that they are guilty.  Welcome back.

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Boxley's picture

One game suspension, community service, "extra time" workouts. Damn smart move by his attorney to get the drug test immediately. All came back negative, as no usage then,or for a realy long time previously. Saved this kids college career opportunity. Now hopefully he will have learned from this very scary experience how quickly you can lose everything over poor decsion making.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

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BucksFan2000's picture

Now he can resume his battle with Eli Apple for best name on the team.
 

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buckeyeradar's picture

As a DL he is going to be run over and dumped on like a construction site this summer. Hang on Tracy earn back the coaches love.

Buckeye in Texas

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Citrus's picture

I expected this because the drug charges were never going to stick. I remember someone arguing that police "always search their vehicles before and after" haha nonsense. 

Other predictions: Sprinkle somehow loses a bunch of weight this season and plays safety. I have a feelings his endurance and stamina are going to improve as well. 

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Larryp713's picture

I am glad he has been given a second chance. I think all the suspicions here are unmerited. This situation is very much like Roby's (I never thought the drugs would factor in, I suspect you could find drugs in most Lorain PD vehicles on weekend nights). The difference is there was no assault charge for Tracy. I just hope he overcomes this.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Alright, he got his second chance, now he's got to take advantage of it by going out there, kicking some serious ass, and not f'ing up again.

Class of 2010.

Crimson's picture

Tracy Sprinkle gets a second chance.  Good for him.

Can we please use this as an example to treat our own players with respect before they get their day in court?  The calls for him to be thrown off the team permanently and face hard jail time based on less than 24 hours of news is completely unfair to our players.  We're all supposed to be Buckeyes, and I suggest we show restraint from throwing our players under the bus until things play out.  People seem happy with the outcome today, after all.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

He's very lucky. He gets one game where Hyde got three.