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.