Meyer revokes Barrett's scholarship for a term

Meyer addresses Barrett suspension

Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer explains his decision to suspend QB J.T. Barrett for one game after being arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated near campus and his expectations for QB Cardale Jones.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In addition to a one-game suspension, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett will also lose his scholarship for a term as part of his discipline for his arrest during the bye week, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

Meyer said he reviewed the facts from the citation for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and backing without safety. He was stopped at a Columbus police checkpoint early Saturday morning.

An Ohio State spokesman confirmed to ESPN that Barrett’s scholarship would be forfeited for the 2016 summer term.

Barrett, a redshirt sophomore, is scheduled for arraignment Friday for the misdemeanor charges, according to Franklin County records.

According to school policy, Barrett was not subject to any suspension as a first-time offender of the alcohol testing for underage students, but he will miss Ohio State’s home game Saturday against Minnesota, once again thrusting Cardale Jones back into the starting lineup.

“I tried to collect as many facts as I could about what actually happened,” Meyer said. “I meet with the player; I meet with [athletic director] Gene Smith. Obviously this was a very serious one. I came to the conclusion of one game, and he’s also losing a scholarship, forfeiting his scholarship for a term.

“When a kid has an issue like that, there’s some type of punitive damage.”

J.T. Barrett was arrested early Saturday, one week after making his first start of the season for Ohio State. Greg Bartram/USA TODAY Sports

Barrett will be eligible to return for Ohio State’s road game at Illinois on Nov. 14, though Meyer offered no guarantee that he would reclaim his starting job moving forward.

Barrett is a widely respected leader for the Buckeyes and was voted a team captain in just his second season of action. Meyer, however, expressed his disappointment in Barrett but also vowed to support him.

“I love J.T.,” Meyer said. “But J.T. is going to deal with something he’s never had to deal with before. Now there is some question about who you are. … 20 years of doing something right, 30 seconds of doing wrong.

“Disappointed it happened. We did what we did and we’re moving forward.”


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