This one has been flying around the rumor mill for quite some time, but the Canton Repository is noting now that it’s official: Ohio State has withdrawn DeVoe Torrence’s scholarship offer.
“The Buckeyes have pulled their full-ride scholarship offer to Massillon running back DeVoe Torrence, a source within OSU’s program told The Repository on Tuesday night,” Porter wrote. Sources close to OSU’s program confirmed the offer had been pulled.
“Torrence lost his scholarship for off-the-field issues which may include academic problems, sources said. The Repository first reported earlier this month that one of Ohio’s top recruits had not scheduled an official visit to Ohio State.”
The exact offense for withdrawing the scholarship has not been made explicit and, as the last paragraph in the blockquote suggests, could be a combination of issues including bad behaviour and declining academics. The big offense for Torrence may (emphasis on may, because it is a rumour) be connected with the Massillon student-athlete sex crime probe1, where 13 and 14 year old girls were involved. Again: rumour.
- I feel guilty even mentioning Torrence’s name with that scandal or crime because the crime is so outrageous that it wouldn’t be fair to mention his name within the context unless I knew for sure. That said, others have picked up on this here, for example. Of course, Torrence’s situation could be similar to that of Genarlow Wilson, where the “minor” thing is more of a technicality (18 to 16 years old, for example) than a substantively horrible offense (18 to 13, for example). Again, I ultimately don’t know, so this is all alleged at the moment. [↩]