When the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes took the field to open up their season this afternoon with Youngstown State, their redshirt junior defensive tackle Doug Worthington was there with them. No not as an emotional leader on the sidelines in his sweatsuit, but with the Buckeyes on the field in uniform.
A little more than a month ago Worthington, 20, was caught driving his white Cadillac Escalade with a blood alcohol content somewhere between .o8 and .17. That’s not enough to keep him out of today’s game, however. Coach Jim Tressel allowed Worthington, who figures to be a key contributor to the Buckeyes, to take the field despite the fact that his case is still open and headed for pre-trial on October 1st.
THE DETROIT FREE PRESS (that’s in Michigan where they don’t think too kindly of OSU) reminds us that Tressel sat out third string quarterback Antonio Henton for seven games last season while waiting out his case for an arrest for soliciting a prostitute. So a third stringer looking for some love, and by love I mean sex with a professional, sits out seven games and a key contributor driving 42 in a 25 with some booze in the system gets more playing time.
Henton, a Division 1 athlete at one of the largest schools in America where scoring a night of fun with a female should not require an exchange of currency, should be punnished for his stupidity but would he have missed more than half of the team’s schedule if he were a starter? Probably not.
Tressel defended his decision, “It’s a big picture thing. It’s a whole body of work and the total time that the young man has been here. Everything is an individual issue.”
Is that a hint that the kid paying for prostitutes didn’t have the best body of work?