Ohio State Buckeyes Head Coach Urban Meyer expects his recently suspended standout wide receiver to return to the football next fall.
The Buckeyes coach said Tuesday during a conference call he has “zero indication” that Torrance Gibson will leave Ohio State before next fall, adding “his focus is to be the best possible Buckeye he could be.”
Monday, it was announced Gibson, a redshirt freshman and four-star recruit from Florida, had been suspended for the fall semester, and would not be eligible for this football season. Meyer made plain during his press conference Monday the decision to suspend Gibson came from the university, and not the football team.
“It was not from the football program or athletic department, and I disagree with it,” he said.
Meyer indicated strongly then that Gibson was “in the mix” at wide receiver this season. The Buckeyes coaching staff had been impressed with Gibson’s personal growth during the offseason, as well as his growth from quarterback to wide receiver.
After a two-touchdown performance in the spring game, Gibson appeared primed to be among Ohio State’s top receivers this season.
Meyer has acknowledged Gibson’s situation is one he has faced with players in the past. The football program appealed the university’s decision, but that appeal was denied.
The Columbus Dispatch has reported Gibson’s suspension was for reportedly harassing a female teaching assistant/tutor.
Gibson is eligible to apply for reinstatement to Ohio State this spring.