COLUMBUS, Ohio — For Torrance Gibson, questions about his future stardom at Ohio State have become a question of “if,” not “when.”
On Monday, the redshirt freshman wide receiver was suspended from Ohio State for the fall semester for violating the university’s code of conduct. Although Gibson was still listed as a student in the student directory as of Monday afternoon, the implication is that he won’t be able to take part in classes or any football activities until January 2017 at the earliest.
The suspension was not endorsed by OSU head coach Urban Meyer, who said in his Monday press conference that he disagreed with the decision.
“It was not the athletic department or football,” he said.
Gibson’s impending absence means yet another season in which the most anticipated recruit of Ohio State’s class of 2015 won’t see the field, following a true freshman season in 2015 in which he was set back by injuries and a position change from quarterback to wide receiver.
More importantly, it also calls into question exactly what his future holds at Ohio State.
It appears the immediate reaction from the Ohio State coaching staff was one of support. When asked how missing a full season of football might impact Gibson’s place at OSU, Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said it was his hope that the wide receiver remains a part of the program.
“I hope everything works out where he can someday be a Buckeye again and play for us,” he said. “He is an awesome young man. We love him and he’s worked hard here.”
Players had less to say on the topic, instead choosing to focus on how the suspension might affect the rest of the team this fall.
“As we say here, you have to be ready when your number is called,” junior offensive guard Billy Price said. “With Torrance, the suspension is unfortunate but that gives an opportunity for a younger guy to really be able to get in there and show what he’s done in camp. We’ll make sure the team is ready.”