Thursday, October 13, 2011
Ohio State suspends DB Dominic Clarke
By Brian Bennett
Stop me if you've heard this one before: an Ohio State player has been suspended.
At least there are no NCAA violations involved this time. Head coach Luke Fickell announced cornerback Dominic Clarke would not travel with the team to Illinois on Saturday because of a violation of team rules. According to media reports, Clarke was cited for disorderly conduct at a campus dining area on Sunday. Fickell said Clarke was "remorseful" for his actions.
Clarke is the Buckeyes' top backup corner, and his absence could hurt the depth in the secondary as Ohio State tries to contain A.J. Jenkins and the Illini receivers. Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown -- who himself was suspended earlier this year -- and freshman Doran Grant will take over for Clarke.
Jenkins, by the way, might have some extra motivation this week. Though he leads the Big Ten and is among the nation's best in receiving yards, Ohio State starting corner Bradley Roby is apparently not impressed. "What I've seen so far, he's a decent receiver, but he's nothing special really," Roby told reporters earlier this week.
Roby had better be prepared to back those words up, especially without Clarke around as a reinforcement. If any team knows how to deal with suspensions and missing players at this point, however, it has to be Ohio State.