Buckeyes’ Noah Spence suspended three games

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Noah Spence (8) reacts after sacking California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff (16) in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Golden Bears 52-34.

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After reports swirled earlier in the week that Ohio State’s Noah Spence was dealing with "personal issues", Ohio State has released a statement saying the sophomore will miss the Orange Bowl and the first two games of next season.

Spence was suspended for violating a "Big Ten Conference Rule".

It is still not clear what personal issues Spence was dealing with, but the release did say the following,

"Spence’s parents, who did not agree with the rule violation nor the penalty imposed, were assisted by the Ohio State Department of Athletics in exhausting the appeals process that was available to them with the Big Ten."

Noah Spence leads the Buckeyes with eight sacks and also has 14.5 tackles for loss this season. Spence was also selected to the Academic All-Big Ten team this season and is an OSU Scholar-Athlete.

During the suspension, Spence will be allowed to practice with the team, but will miss the Orange Bowl this Friday, the Navy season opener next year, followed by the Buckeyes meeting with Virginia Tech on September 6th. His first game back with Buckeyes will be September 13th vs. Kent State.