As the awful 2011 (so far) calendar turned to May 1, we got some great news on a global scale, but more bad news as it pertains to our beloved football team. Buckeye linebacker Dorian Bell has been suspended for the entire 2011 season for a violation of team rules. “May Day” might be an appropriate thing for a Buckeye fan to say these days. You may recall that Bell was already suspended for two games, starting with the Sugar Bowl in January, so the undisclosed rules violation that cost him his 2011 season was likely a repeat of whatever got him into trouble in the first place. Bell didn’t even make the trip to New Orleans with the team and now won’t be making any trips with his teammates for quite some time. One hopes that this doesn’t lead to an eventual transfer for the talented defender.
The Dispatch cited sources that indicated the violation, which was not specified by coach Jim Tressel, was believed to be a third breach of the team’s drug and alcohol abuse policy. This new development is unfortunate for Bell in his Ohio State career, because he appeared poised for a much larger role in 2011, both on the Silver Bullets and on special teams. The third-year sophomore looked pretty good in the Spring Game Scrimmage, registering a sack. Bell’s suspension will benefit somebody else, most likely Storm Klein or Jordan Whiting, but possibly incoming freshman Curtis Grant. One of those players, or someone else, will have to step up and join Andrew Sweat and Etienne Sabino in the starting lineup at SAM linebacker.
Bell, a 6-1, 225-pound sophomore from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, redshirted in 2009 and appeared in eight games last season as a freshman. He finished with nine tackles, registered half a sack and forced a fumble in his reserve duty, playing behind new Minnesota Viking Ross Homan and others.
Rivals.com had rated Bell a five-star recruit in 2009. He was ranked 33rd overall nationally and third among outside linebacker recruits.
Other happenings (in case you missed it): Buckeye fellow football freshmen (alliteration, y’all) Jeff Heuerman and Joel Hale were among
those who took the plunge into Mirror Lake late Sunday night, after hearing of the death of Osama bin Laden. Especially because OSU football players were involved, we’re very pleased there were no arrests. That seems odd based on this tweet by James Louis…TTUN likes to troll…The Buckeyes won their seventeenth consecutive men’s tennis match (pause to gasp in wonder at that remarkable achievement) over the weekend. The men’s tennis team has now won eight B1G tournament titles in all and joins the football, women’s basketball and men’s golf programs as the only ones in school history to win six consecutive B1G championships…Ohio State’s men’s volleyball team is in the NCAA Championship Semifinals and will face rivals Penn State on Thursday night in Happy Valley. The Buckeyes defeated Loyola-Chicago over the weekend in the MIVA Tournament championship match to claim their fourth consecutive tournament title. Charles will have more on this weekend’s non-revenue OSU sports later so check back.