Ex-linebacker Cooper pleads guilty to charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio State linebacker Marco Cooper could face up to three years in prison for possession of cocaine and a probation violation.

Cooper, 20, who was considered a prime candidate to start last season for the Buckeyes, pleaded guilty Wednesday and will be sentenced Feb. 19 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Cooper, of Detroit, was kicked off the football team, suspended from school and barred from campus after being arrested in April on drug and weapons charges. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 1 to attempted carrying of a concealed weapon and aggravated possession of drugs and was sentenced to five years probation.

On Dec. 16, he was arrested on a traffic violation, and police found crack cocaine on Cooper and inside his car. He has been in the Franklin County jail since his arrest.

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