we may not deserve it, but there is still an outside chance at a BCS championship bid (albeit ludicrous). if he cleans up the special teams or defense, let him play.
All of the facts need to be explained to him and if he doesn't want to do it, how could you make him?
1) a MNC is very, very unlikely.
2) could he help solidify special teams, an injury depleted LB corp and maybe help get to a BCS game? sure, if a lot of pieces fall into place outside of OSU's control.
But #2 is not guaranteed even if he does play. The coaching staff making him burn his redshirt at this point if he doesn't want to do it just seems irresponsible, anti-Tressel like and will leave a thin group of LB's even thinner in 2012.