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Ohio State DE Noah Spence suspended indefinetly

Some people need more than one wake up call, others need a slap in the face before they stop destructive behavior. The latter seems to apply to Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence who, according to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, is being suspended indefinitely for a second violation of team and conference rules.

Last season, the Big Ten world found out that Spence was suspended for the Orange Bowl and the first two games of the 2014 season following a positive drug test for ecstasy. At the time the Spence family and Noah personally stated that he didn’t have a drug issue and someone had spiked a drink at a party he attended.

“We love him dearly, and our focus is to get him the best medical attention we can. We are hopeful that Noah can get healthy and, at some point, resume his career with the Buckeyes.”

However, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting today that Spence’s second suspension is indeed for a second positive test for ecstasy. It’s a positive test that will at the minimum end his season and could very likely end his days as an Ohio State Buckeye football player.

That bit appears to be secondary though, as Spence appears to have a major issue with the drug and is going to seek medical treatment for his issues according to the e-mail sent to the paper on Friday.

Ecstasy is classified as a stimulant by the NCAA, and thus is a banned substance. A second positive test results in an indefinite suspension at the least, but the Big Ten has taken issues like this very serious in the past.

What may work in Spence’s favor is that he hasn’t had any other discipline issues while at Ohio State.

On the field he was one of the expected defensive stars, and was to return to the Buckeyes lineup on Saturday when they host Kent State. That clearly won’t be happening.

In the time Spence has been in Columbus, he has put up 62 tackles, 15 tackles for loss (14 last season) and 8.5 sacks (7.5 last season). His performance in 2013 got him named first-team All-Big Ten, while also being Academic All-Big Ten and an Ohio State Scholar Athlete as well.

Ohio State has played the first few weeks without him and have played pretty well up front. Sophomore Joey Bosa has been a star and the replacement for Spence, Steve Miller (insert your joker quips here), has had just four tackles in two games. However, defensive tackles Adolphus Washington and Michael Bennett have more than picked up the slack too (14 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack).

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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