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Sunday, January 15, 2012
Two OSU players dimissed, assistant exits

By Adam Rittenberg

Urban Meyer's approach to discipline will be closely monitored at Ohio State after off-field problems piled up under his watch at Florida.

Meyer's first actions took place Sunday as the team confirmed he dismissed defensive backs Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell.

Clarke, a backup cornerback who started three games last season, has had several legal issues in recent months. He was charged with misdemeanor operating while intoxicated and two other misdemeanors following a Jan. 7 traffic stop. He was arrested Oct. 9 for allegedly discharging a BB gun at an on-campus restaurant, which resulted in a one game suspension. Clarke had been ticketed for speeding near campus.

In other words, he had plenty of chances and kept squandering them.

Gambrell, a freshman, was dismissed for an unspecified violation of team rules.

In other Ohio State news, cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson is leaving to become co-defensive coordinator at Arkansas alongside former Buckeyes colleague Paul Haynes. Johnson's departure leaves Meyer one staff vacancy to fill.