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Ohio State’s Noah Spence suspended three games for violating Big Ten rule

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Noah Spence did not make the trip with Ohio State to the Orange Bowl because he has been suspended for three games for violating a Big Ten rule.

Ohio State released the information in a statement on Wednesday, but did not specify what rule Spence had broken.

"Spence's parents, who did not agree with the rule violation nor the penalty imposed, were assisted by the Ohio State Department of Athletics in exhausting the appeals process that was available to them with the Big Ten," OSU's statement said.

"Spence is an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and an OSU Scholar-Athlete. He will continue course work toward his sociology degree next semester and he will be able to practice with the team this spring, but he will not be eligible to play in a game until Ohio State’s third game of the 2014 season, Sept. 13 vs. Kent State."

A sophomore, Spence had eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss this season. When it was announced that Spence didn't make the trip for what Urban Meyer had termed "personal issues" on Sunday, Spence's father declined comment to Cleveland.com.

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