Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Ohio State suspends Reynolds

Reynolds to miss Iowa game

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Ohio State has suspended linebacker Robert Reynolds for one game - the Buckeyes' home game Saturday against Iowa - for his attack on the throat of Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi.

The Big Ten issued a statement concurring with the suspension and reprimanding Reynolds for what it termed a violation of the Conference Sportslike Conduct code.

"Robert's conduct was totally unacceptable and has no place in intercollegiate athletics," OSU coach Jim Tressel said in a statement.

Reynolds thrust his fingers into Sorgi's neck for two seconds after the quarterback was tackled during a third-quarter play Saturday night. Sorgi had difficulty breathing and talking and didn't return to the game.

Reynolds apologized Sunday to Sorgi and to Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, as did Tressel to Alvarez.

"I think this is an isolated incident and completely out of character for Robert Reynolds," Tressel said. "However, after getting a look at the tape ... I feel that the apology by itself is not enough."

Sorgi spoke Monday at a news conference in Madison and said he would be ready to play Saturday against Purdue.

Sorgi said he accepted Reynolds' apology.

"I know how things get during the game, and I know how things can happen," Sorgi said. "He made a mistake. It's a sign of a man when you can make a mistake like that and call and apologize for it."

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