Friday, February 1, 2013
Purdue suspends receiver O.J. Ross
By Brian Bennett
Purdue has suspended wide receiver O.J. Ross indefinitely for a violation of team rules, the school announced on Friday. The team did not release any other details.
The 5-foot-10 Ross is the Boilermakers' leading returning receiver. He had 56 catches for 454 yards last season, second only to departed senior Antavian Edison in both categories. Ross also caught two touchdown passes.
Purdue is light in experience at receiver. Aside from Ross, the only returning players at the position with more than two catches last year are senior Gary Bush (41 catches for 360 yards and seven touchdowns) and sophomore Dolapo Macarthy (28 for 252 and 1).
Ross was also suspended for the 2011 Little Caesars Bowl because of academics, which briefly cost him his scholarship. He was reinstated the following spring.
The good news, if there is some, for Ross is that this suspension comes early in the offseason. He has plenty of time to work himself back into the team's good graces if new coach Darrell Hazell allows it.