Coach unsure if he'll get 3 players back for Miami
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Days before his 17th-ranked Buckeyes hit the road for the first time to play Miami, Ohio State coach Luke Fickell says he's still unsure if three top suspended players will be available.
Starting tailback Jordan Hall and cornerback Travis Howard, along with backup safety Corey Brown, have been suspended two games so far for accepting $200 in cash to attend a charity event in suburban Cleveland in February.
Ohio State (2-0) will start Joe Bauserman at quarterback against the Hurricanes, but unlike last week's narrow 27-22 victory over Toledo, backup Braxton Miller is expected to also see playing time.
The Buckeyes are also without four other players -- three starters and a backup -- suspended for the first five games for getting improper benefits from a local tattoo-parlor owner.