Less than a day after Noah Spence was ruled ineligible for Saturday's 66-0 blowout of Kent State, head coach Urban Meyer said the junior defensive end's status with the team is "undefined."
"That was a sucker punch, boy, when I got that phone call. It happened late in the week. Obviously, we were getting ready to play a game, and we'll know more," Meyer said during his post game press conference.
"I don't know much other than he was declared he couldn't play for this weekend, and what the future holds for him, I don't know."
Following a three-game suspension for testing positive for ecstasy prior to the Big Ten Championship Game, Spence failed another drug test and his standing with the team could be jeopardy, sources told Eleven Warriors Friday afternoon. He was supposed to make a much-anticipated return against the Golden Flashes.
Spence, an All-Big Ten selection last season, will start a drug rehabilitation program, according to ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy:
Ohio State says suspended DE Noah Spence will soon start drug rehab program w/help of schools medical staff— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 13, 2014
Spence led the Buckeyes with eight sacks last season in addition to 52 tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss. He was projected by some to potentially be a top NFL Draft pick next spring.