Spence Tested Positive for Ecstasy
By Rob Ogden
Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence was suspended three games by the Big Ten for testing positive for ecstasy, according to a report from abc27.com, a Harrisburg, Pa. news station.
Spence was tested prior to the Big Ten championship game Dec. 7, and was shocked by the result when it came back positive, Spence's father, Greg Spence, told the news station.
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Spence's family said the rising junior unintentionally took the drug when he was handed an open beverage by a stranger at a party.
According to the report, Spence's father said the conference originally suspended Spence for a year because the Big Ten considers ecstasy a performance-enhancing drug.
The family appealed the suspension, and it was dropped to three games because the NCAA considers ecstasy a street drug, which carries a lesser penalty, the report states.
A second appeal was denied.
"Molly", a powdered form of MDMA has had a recent rise in popularity on college campuses and in pop culture.
The exact form of the drug taken by Spence is unspecified.
Spence received the suspension prior to Ohio State's Orange Bowl loss to Clemson, and never made the trip to Florida.
Coach Urban Meyer described Spence's absence as a "personal issue" and said he hoped Spence would be able to join the team in time for the game.
Unsuccessful in any attempt to eliminate the suspension, Spence will be forced to sit out until the third game of the 2014 season, when the Buckeyes face Kent State on Sept. 13.
He will miss contests against Navy and Virginia Tech.
Spence led the Buckeyes and ranked second in the Big Ten with 8 sacks. He had 52 total tackles including 14.5 tackles for loss.
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