OSU’s Bell suspended for season

Published 12:25 am Tuesday, May 3, 2011

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State has confirmed that linebacker Dorian Bell has been suspended for the 2011 season for a violation of team rules.

Bell, a redshirt sophomore from Monroeville, Pa., was expected to play since the Buckeyes lost starters Ross Homan and Brian Rolle off last year’s team.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder played in eight games last season, totaling nine tackles. Ohio State officials did not specify what rules were broken.

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The Buckeyes will already be without five players for the first five games for accepting improper benefits, with a sixth — linebacker Jordan Whiting — missing the opener for the same reason. In addition, coach Jim Tressel will sit out the first five games for failing to report his knowledge of the players’ actions.