Ohio State's Duron Carter, son of Cris, has been having a bit of a bad time with the "student" aspect of student-athlete life. First he landed himself in academic hot water last winter, missing the Rose Bowl in the process. Then he missed spring practice, allegedly so he could focus on his schoolwork. Now, via a cryptic confirmation on his own Twitter account and Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch, we know Carter's next move -- community college in Kansas:
[Football coach Darian] Dulin said Carter was scheduled to take part in summer workouts at Coffeyville, and must stay at the school for at least a semester before possibly heading back to OSU. That means the earliest Carter could be back is January.
Dulin said one of his assistant coaches knew Carter's father, Cris, and "recruited" him to Coffeyville. The selling point was a smaller class size (Coffeyville has about 1,300 students) and smaller town so Duron could work on improving his grades.
It's a sizable blow to the offense of a Buckeyes team widely expected to contend for a national title in 2010. The 6-3 freshman saw limited action in OSU's offense last season, accumulating 176 yards in 12 games and catching just one touchdown pass against Indiana, but was expected to serve as the team's No. 2 or 3 receiver this year behind DeVier Posey. Look instead for senior Taurian Washington to get the nod. (And for the record, Carter says he'll be back.)
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