Ohio State DL Tracy Sprinkle pleads not guilty to drug, rioting charges

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

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Suspended Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle pleaded not guilty to all charges at his Monday morning arraignment, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported.

Sprinkle was arrested early Saturday morning following a reported parking lot brawl at the Grown and Sexy Lounge in Lorain, Ohio, near Sprinkle's hometown of Elyria. According to the report filed by Lorain police, Sprinkle was placed in the backseat of a police car after fighting with a second man and transported to city jail. Officers reported they later found two small bags of cocaine under the car's seat they believed were hidden there by Sprinkle.

Sprinkle has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, rioting and failure to disperse. He was granted a reduced bond of $2,000 and has a pretrial hearing scheduled for July 31, per the Plain-Dealer.

Later Saturday, Sprinkle was suspended indefinitely by coach Urban Meyer, and per Fox Sports Ohio, the Buckeyes took things a step further Monday:

Sprinkle was a three-star defensive end and early-enrollee in Ohio State's class of 2013 before redshirting last fall.

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