COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith was
suspended on Monday for violating team and NCAA rules and will not
play in next week's Alamo Bowl.
Coach Jim Tressel would not say what Smith did or when the
violation occurred, but said the university became aware of the
problem on Thursday.
"Obviously, he feels terrible that he didn't take care of his
responsibilities," Tressel said.
Smith, a sophomore, will not travel with the team to San Antonio
when it leaves on Wednesday for the Dec. 29 game against Oklahoma
Justin Zwick, who is also a sophomore, will take over. He had
been the starter until he lost the job after mildly separating his
left, or non-throwing, shoulder in the sixth game of the season
Smith led the Buckeyes to a 4-1 record in their final five
regular season games, including a 37-21 victory over rival Michigan
last month when he threw for 241 yards and ran for 145 yards.
"I am aware of what is expected, both on and off the field, at
Ohio State and I have fallen short of those expectations," Smith
said in a statement released by Ohio State.
Overall, Smith played in eight of Ohio State's 11 games this
year, completing 68 of 122 passes for 896 yards and eight
touchdowns. He was intercepted three times.
He also ran 82 times for 339 yards and two touchdowns.
Athletic director Andy Geiger said the university has petitioned
the NCAA to have Smith reinstated for the 2005 season.
Tressel said he hoped Smith would be back with the team over the
"What we're doing is self-imposing a suspension and then
seeking reinstatement for the future," he said.
It is not the first time that Smith has gotten in trouble. He
was convicted of a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge because of
his involvement in a fight outside an Ohio State dormitory last
The suspension is the latest problem for the university's
athletic program, in which several current and former players have
been disciplined by the school or convicted of crimes.
In an ESPN.com interview last month, former running back Maurice
Clarett accused Tressel, his staff and school boosters of arranging
for him to get passing grades, money for bogus summer jobs,
thousands of dollars in cash and loaner cars. The school
immediately labeled the charges as lies.
Last week, the university banned the men's basketball team from
postseason play for an alleged $6,000 payment to a recruit by
former coach Jim O'Brien.