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If Ohio State’s Noah Spence Sues the Big Ten, How Will That Impact B1G’s Image?

When news first broke of Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Noah Spence’s suspension, something just didn’t add up. Now we know why. Noah Spence didn’t get a three-game suspension for a dietary supplement, like was first reported. Rather, he was suspended for testing positive for “a small amount of ecstasy” in a random drug test prior to the Big Ten Championship game, according to an interview with Spence’s father by WHTM-ABC27 in Harrisburg, Pa. That’s only half the story, though, as the report also indicates that Spence’s family is also considering suing the Big Ten over how it classifies ecstasy. Whether or not the lawsuit happens or has a chance to work is for another time. Today, the question is: Will the Big Ten stick to its guns on how it classifies the drug going forward? It may seem like a matter of semantics, but it is an important question because the answer may affect what seems to matter most in this day and age, its image. See, the Big Ten classifies it as a performance-enhancing drug, while the NCAA classifies it as a street drug. The latter carries with it a far less harsh penalty, while the violation of the Big Ten’s performance-enhancing drug policy carries an automatic one-year suspension. Spence’s family, backed by Ohio State, already won an appeal of the original one-year suspension, according to WHTM’s report. An apparent second appeal went nowhere fast, hence the consideration of a lawsuit to get the rest…

Father says Spence’s suspension is unjust

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The father of Ohio State’s Noah Spence says his son unknowingly ingested the drug ecstasy and that the Big Ten unjustly suspended the sophomore defensive end.Spence was suspended for Ohio State’s Orange Bowl loss and must sit out the first two games of the 2014 season. His father, Greg Spence, has told several media outlets that someone apparently slipped the drug into a drink without Noah knowing it the week before the Big Ten title game on Dec. 7.Ohio State backed the Spences’ appeal. Greg Spence said the Big Ten initially wanted to suspend his son for a season but then determined Ecstasy is not a performance-enhancing drug but rather a stimulant. The Big Ten denied an appeal to drop the suspension.Spence led the Buckeyes in sacks.American FootballSports & Recreation

Ohio State Players Who Must Step Up with Noah Spence Suspended

When Ohio State left Columbus minus star defensive end Noah Spence, speculation and intrigue followed. OSU would only say he was “dealing with a personal issue,” and no more. Ohio State finally ended the speculation Wednesday morning, announcing Spence had been suspended for three games. His suspension was due to a “violation of Big Ten rules,” without further explanation as to what B1G rule it was that he violated. While that information is likely to come out over time, the more important thing going forward is how OSU replaces a first-team All-Big Ten defensive end and a player who recorded a team-high eight sacks. Luckily, Ohio State has a lot of talent and depth on the defensive line and replacing Spence for three games may further build that depth for the future. Spence will miss the Orange Bowl and two intriguing matchups in 2014, with OSU facing Navy and Virginia Tech to open the season. It’s not the cupcake city OSU opened 2013 with, so there are players who will need to step up. Who are those players? Let’s explore the players who need to step up in his absence. Begin Slideshow

Ohio State DE Noah Spence suspended 3 games

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence has been suspended for three games for violating an undisclosed Big Ten rule, meaning he will not play in the Orange Bowl on Friday night.

Ohio St DE Noah Spence still not at Orange Bowl

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he may know Tuesday about the availability of All-Big Ten defensive end Noah Spence, who did not travel with the team to the Orange Bowl because of a ”personal issue.”

Ohio State Will Have Its Hands Full vs. Clemson with or Without Noah Spence

With or without Noah Spence, the Ohio State defense is going to have its work cut out for it against the Clemson Tigers’ attack. Spence is growing into a phenomenal pass-rusher, but the key to the Buckeyes stopping Clemson is the pass coverage, not just the pass rush. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Spence, the Buckeyes’ leading sack and tackle-for-loss player, did not make the team flight to Miami, as he dealt with personal issues. Jamal Marcus, a sophomore who has seen quality playing time behind Spence, will likely fill in should Spence not make it to Florida to participate in the Orange Bowl. Marcus, according to 247 Sports, was a 4-star recruit when he came out of Hillside High School in Durham, NC. The backup Leo, a hybrid linebacker-defensive end player, is long on talent and should be sound in Spence’s stead. However, with Spence or with Marcus, the Buckeyes have to improve upon something that has been a bugaboo for the team all season long: defending the short and intermediate zones in pass coverage. Stopping Clemson takes a combination of disrupting timing through press coverage on the wide receivers and pattern matching to discourage quarterback Tajh Boyd from making the quick, easy throw. Neither of those aspects have been a strong suit for the Buckeyes defense in 2013. Getting pressure on Boyd is key; in the two losses this season, the Tigers have surrendered nine sacks. However, all sacks are not created equal, and in sacking Boyd, both Florida State…

Ohio State Football: Noah Spence Not with Team, Dealing with ‘Personal Issues’

The No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes have arrived in Florida ahead of their Orange Bowl matchup with No. 12 Clemson, but one of their top players hasn’t made the trip. According to Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors, Urban Meyer told reporters that defensive end Noah Spence is at home dealing with “personal issues.” “Noah didn’t fly down with us,” Meyer said, via Rowland’s article. “He’s working through some personal issues at home. I hope he will be here.” With kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 3, time is ticking on Spence’s return, and he’s certainly missing out on pivotal bowl practices. If Spence doesn’t rejoin the team, Ohio State will be losing one of its most disruptive defenders. The sophomore standout from Harrisburg, Pa. had a fantastic season, recording 52 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and a team-high eight sacks, according to Ohio State’s official website. Spence lines up as the Buckeyes’ primary pass-rusher in a position the coaches dubbed the “Viper,” and his speed off the edge is one of Ohio State’s biggest advantages. Replacing Spence won’t be easy, but if the Buckeyes need to, they’ll turn to another sophomore in Jamal Marcus. Marcus is Spence’s primary backup, and with Ohio State’s heavy rotation along the defensive line, he received a good amount of playing this year. Marcus played in 12 games and registered 15 total tackles, including two sacks, according to the team’s official website. Facing…

Ohio State Buckeyes’ Noah Spence doesn’t travel due to ‘personal issues,’ uncertain for bowl

Updated: December 29, 2013, 7:02 PM ET By Austin Ward | ESPN.com Ohio State’s top pass-rusher wasn’t on the flight with the team to the Discover Orange Bowl, but there is still a chance Noah Spence could play in the game as he deals with “personal issues.” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Sunday that the All-Big Ten defensive end was absent as the final preparations shifted south to Florida ahead of Friday’s matchup with No. 12 Clemson, but he didn’t provide any details about the sophomore’s situation or offer a definitive update on his availability this week. “Spence didn’t fly down with us,” Meyer told reporters after the team’s flight landed. “He’s working through some personal issues at home.” Meyer said he “hoped” Spence would be able to rejoin the No. 7 Buckeyes in time for the final game of the season, but he didn’t offer anything else about the star sophomore. Spence finished his breakout campaign with 14.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks, leading a defensive line that had to be completely rebuilt before the season after losing all four starters from 2012.Covers Ohio State and the Big Ten.Joined ESPN in 2012.Attended the University of Wyoming.

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High hopes for DL Spence, Washington

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The brotherly bond, a seemingly perfect partnership didn’t exactly happen instantaneously. Before moving in together, before competing relentlessly against each other, before becoming potential cornerstones of a rebuilt Ohio State defense, the first thing Adolphus Washington had to do was figure out why exactly Noah Spence was trying to get in contact with him. “It was like the day he committed, he hit me up on Facebook and I didn’t really think it was Noah Spence,” Washington said. “I was like, ‘How does he know who I am?’ [+] Enlarge Jim Rinaldi/Icon SMI Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence bulked up by around 25 pounds this offseason. “But since that first day when he hit me up, we talked almost every day, at least every other day, about the future at Ohio State. Now, we’re actually living out that dream.” In their new reality as starters and potential pass-rushing pillars of a team expected to follow up an unbeaten season by contending for a national title, Washington and Spence have only become closer as time…

Ohio State Football: Defensive Players Who Must Break out in 2013

Since defense wins championships, it’s safe to say it will decide the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 2013 season. There are few areas of concern for the offense, even with the suspension of Carlos Hyde for the first three games. The question mark will be the defense. Urban Meyer will be relying on a lot of new players stepping up, many of whom are sophomores. Ohio State only has four starters coming back from last year’s team. You might be worried as a fan if it wasn’t for the sheer amount of talent on that side of the ball. The Buckeyes are loaded with blue-chip prospects who are looking at their first opportunity to start. If those players fulfill their potential, this will be the best defense in the Big Ten. Of those first-time starters, these three players need to have the biggest seasons. DE Noah Spence Although the Buckeyes have four

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