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Former Ohio State DE Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest in bar incident

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Former Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle, who was arrested and dismissed from the team in early July for his involvement in a brawl at a Lorain, Ohio, bar, pleaded no contest Thursday to attempted failure to comply.

Sprinkle faced several misdemeanor charges, including drug possession and rioting, in connection to the incident. Those charges were dropped on Thursday.

Sprinkle was fined $500, given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and two years probation. He also must participate in community service and educational programs, according to the Chronicle-Telegram.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer addressed Sprinkle's status this week at Big Ten Media Days. From The Lantern:

Meyer said Sprinkle’s status remains unchanged, and that he will reevaluate that status pending the resolution of his legal issues.

“If something happens, especially if you hear something serious, just remove from the program and evaluate at the appropriate time,” Meyer said. “So at this time he’s no longer part of the program.”

Sprinkle was the No. 24-ranked strongside defensive end in the class of 2013, according to the recruiting website

He enrolled at Ohio State in January 2013 and sat out last season as a redshirt.

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