Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith was suspended yesterday for violating team and NCAA rules and will not play in next week's Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State. Coach Jim Tressel would...
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith was suspended yesterday for violating team and NCAA rules and will not play in next week’s Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State.
Coach Jim Tressel would not say what Smith did or when the alleged violation occurred.
“Obviously, he feels terrible that he didn’t take care of his responsibilities,” Tressel said.
Smith led the Buckeyes to a 4-1 record in their final five regular-season games, including a 37-21 victory over rival Michigan last month when he passed for 241 yards and rushed for 145 yards.
“I am aware of what is expected, both on and off the field, at Ohio State and I have fallen short of those expectations,” Smith said in a statement released by Ohio State.
The sophomore will not travel with the team to San Antonio when it leaves tomorrow to prepare for the Dec. 29 game.
Justin Zwick, also a sophomore, will start for Smith. He had been the starter until he lost the job after mildly separating his left, or non-throwing, shoulder against Iowa in the sixth game of the season.
Smith played in eight of Ohio State’s 11 games this year, completing 68 of 122 passes for 896 yards and eight touchdowns. He was intercepted three times.
He ran 82 times for 339 yards and two touchdowns.
Buckeyes athletic director Andy Geiger said the university has petitioned the NCAA to have Smith reinstated for the 2005 season.
Syracuse (6-5) plays its first postseason game since 2001 when it meets Georgia Tech (6-5) in the Champs Sports Bowl today in Orlando, Fla. Georgia Tech has won seven of its last 10 bowl games.
Tennessee senior tailback Jabari Davis will miss the Jan. 1 Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M because he failed to meet academic requirements for the fall semester.
Davis’ role decreased this season. He carried 18 times for 34 yards. Davis rushed for 587 yards as a sophomore and 565 last season.
Defensive lineman William Vea has signed a letter of intent to play for Oregon State. He played this year at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, Calif.
Matt Cavanaugh, offensive coordinator for the NFL Baltimore Ravens, met with Pittsburgh athletic director Jeff Long on Sunday about the school’s coaching vacancy.
Walt Harris left Pittsburgh to coach at Stanford.