Posted by Jerry Hinnen
After a rocky 2011 season, Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry is no longer part of the Buckeye roster.
Berry's attorney told the Columbus Dispatch this week that he did not expect Berry to return to the team, not with the sophomore preparing to face misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an October incident. But a spokesperson for the school said he remains on scholarship, and he continued to appear on the Buckeyes' official roster--until Thursday, this is, when the roster was labeled "as of Feb. 9" and no longer included a listing for Berry.
“From the conversation he had with the coaches, it didn’t appear that they were excited about him being (there),” Larry Coffey, Berry's coach at Palmetto (Fla.) High School, told the Dispatch. Coffey said he had spoken with Berry on Tuesday.
“He took the lead from that, and his thought process was that it was maybe time for him to go in another direction," Coffey said.
One of the nation's top recruits in the class of 2009, Berry redshirted after a marijuana possession arrest preceding his freshman year. He bounced back to see action in all 13 games in 2010, rushing 32 times for 8.3 yards a carry and returning 21 kickoffs for the Buckeyes.
Injuries hampered the start of his 2011 season, however, before two serious off-field incidents: a September fight on campus in which police were called to the scene but no charges were filed (and Berry went to the hospital), and then the misdemeanor assault incident in October in which Berry allegedly struck a 21-year-old man in a parking garage.
Berry attorney R. William Meeks said that Berry would finish the current quarter at the minimum and could finish the school year at Ohio State.
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