Yet another Big Ten star defender won't be suiting up for a BCS bowl game.
First, it was Michigan State defensive captain and all-conference linebacker Max Bullough suspended for the Rose Bowl after violating a team rule. Now it's Ohio State's all-conference defensive lineman Noah Spence, who was suspended for Thursday's Orange Bowl — plus the first two games of next season — for a violation of team rules.
While the specific reason for Spence's suspension was not announced, the Columbus Dispatch's Tim May reported that the suspension was due to Spence's use of an "unapproved dietary supplement," one unapproved by the Big Ten. According to May's report, Ohio State believed there was a good chance the suspension would be overturned. Instead, Spence, a sophomore, will miss the bowl game as well as 2014 regular-season games against Virginia Tech and Navy.
The loss of Spence is a big one for the Buckeyes. He led the team with eight sacks and ranked second on the team with 14.5 tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble. His absence could be potentially game-changing, as the Buckeyes will look to get pressure on extremely talented Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd without him.