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Buckeyes muzzle WR for 'wipe the field'

Long wait: Former Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers will appeal to have a 1970 felony pardoned.

Associated Press (1972)

Long wait: Former Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers will appeal to have a 1970 felony pardoned.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It appears Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer won't be allowed to speak to reporters for quite a while.

Coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Spencer wouldn't address the media for "a long, long time" after saying Monday that OSU would "wipe the field" with Alabama and whoever is No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings. Alabama is No. 1 and Florida State No. 2 in the BCS. Ohio State is No. 3.

It was a statement Spencer concluded with a laugh. It was clear he was half-joking. But sarcasm, humor and nuance seldom can be sensed between the lines of cold, hard print or on a monitor or screen.

Meyer was asked on the Big Ten coaches call about Spencer's words.

"I'm very disappointed. I can't stand that," Meyer said. "I think I know Evan well enough. I even talked to him briefly. He was kind of smiling when he said it. So, no I can't stand it. He's certainly not the spokesman for our team."

Spencer, a bright, engaging talker, will be off-limits to reporters — for quite a while.

"As a result, what I do is Evan won't talk to the media for a long, long time," Meyer said. "You don't do that. That's not good sportsmanship."

Spencer apologized on Twitter for his quotes. He said he was trying to make a light-hearted comment and was not speaking for the team.

Rodgers seeks pardon: Johnny Rodgers, the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner at Nebraska, will go before the Nebraska Board of Pardons on Thursday to ask to have his 1970 felony conviction pardoned. As a freshman, he and two friends held up a gas station, netting $90, an act he now calls "10 minutes of insanity." Rodgers pleaded guilty to felony larceny and was sentenced to two years of probation but has repeatedly denied that he had a gun during the holdup. "I have a history of 43 years now of rather decent things happening," he said.

Playoff committee: The College Football Playoff selection committee ended its first meeting by setting staggered term limits for its 13 members. The committee will set matchups for the new bowl system that starts next season. The goal is to always have experienced members of the committee.

Ex-Gamecock shooting: A sheriff said former South Carolina player Kenny Miles shot himself in the arm but told investigators it happened during a robbery and the ex-player will be charged with filing a false police report. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said there was no evidence anyone else was in the parking lot at the time Miles was shot Nov. 4.

Mariota ready: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota insists his left knee isn't a concern and that he'll be ready to go Saturday against Utah. There were lingering questions about how much his mysterious injury contributed to the Ducks' loss at Stanford last week, and the sophomore quarterback hasn't been specific. Pressed whether he is 100 percent, he said: "That's something that I can't tell you."

Connecticut: Interim coach T.J. Weist said redshirt freshman Casey Cochran will start at quarterback Saturday at SMU, the Huskies' third starter this season.

Penn State: Linebacker Ben Kline (torn pectoral muscle) is out for the season, coach Bill O'Brien said.

Buckeyes muzzle WR for 'wipe the field' 11/12/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:52pm]
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