What is it about Memorial Day that brings out the “best” in Buckeye news?
Eleven Warrior’s Kyle Rowland is reporting this afternoon that Ohio State has dismissed defensive end Jamal Marcus and wide receiver Brandon Ojikutu from the team for “violations of team rules”.
Ojikutu, a Cleveland native, was in his second season as a walk-on receiver with the scarlet and gray, while North Carolina’s Marcus was preparing for a junior campaign to build on his excellent work against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Marcus was also expected to see extensive work early in this coming year as Noah Spence completed his suspension, but was not active throughout spring practice and prep.
There have been whispers of “legal issues” for Marcus on several Ohio State message boards, but no official statement from the University or the players and their families as of yet. The Dispatch’s Bil Rabinowitz confirms reports about Marcus’ departure, but states that it was due to academic struggles (not dismissal), and that he will transfer.
Those who follow recruiting more closely than I do point out that these dismissals, if accurate, would put Ohio State at 82 scholarships for the coming season.
We’ll try to keep you informed as information becomes available.