College football notebook: Ohio State's Sprinkle pleads not guilty, kicked off team

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An Ohio State spokesman confirmed yesterday that defensive end Tracy Sprinkle is no longer a member of the football team, The Dispatch’s Tim May reported.

Coach Urban Meyer made the call on Sprinkle’s dismissal, and that decision could be reevaluated after Sprinkle’s legal issues are resolved.

Sprinkle pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, rioting and failure to disperse after a weekend bar fight in Lorain, Ohio. The police report said the Elyria, Ohio, native was first charged with rioting and failure to disperse and later with drug possession after suspected cocaine was found hidden in the seat of a police car where Sprinkle was being held.

• Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and defensive tackle Michael Bennett have been included on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given annually to college football’s top defensive player. Quarterback Braxton Miller was included on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to college football’s top player.

• The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.

Practice limits were among several recommendations released by the NCAA, which called them guidelines that could change “in real time” rather than rules passed through legislation.

The practice guidelines also recommend four contact practices per week during the preseason and no more than eight of the 15 sessions during spring football. The NCAA already has legislation regarding preseason and spring practices.

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