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This is breaking, so more information to follow, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has just announced that he’s revoking the scholarship of starting quarterback J. T. Barrett, for one “term.”
Barrett was arrested early Saturday morning for “operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.” The team was off this week, but Barrett will be suspended for the next game, against Minnesota this coming Saturday. Meyer, whose team is the defending national champion, said he decided on the additional punishment after reviewing all the facts.
Kudos to Meyer for putting larger concerns above wins and losses by taking such a strong stand, even with a star player and even as the Buckeyes, ranked No. 1 in the country this year, head into the critical stretch drive of the season.
(Holds in earpiece, a la Jon Stewart and says):
“I’m being told that the term for which Meyer is revoking Barrett’s scholarship is *next summer.*”
For those of you scoring at home, college football teams do not play football over the summer. Summer terms do, however, tend to be critical times for athletes to catch up on credit hours and classes so that they can make normal progress toward their degrees. So while Barrett’s loss of scholarship will have no material affect on Meyer’s football team, it might well compromise Barrett’s ability to fulfill his degree requirements.
You can’t make this stuff up.