Ohio State Flanker Disciplined Prior To Opener

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Chris Vance, expected to start at flanker for Ohio State against Texas Tech in Saturday's Pigskin Classic, will not play because of an unspecified violation of team policy, head coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday.

Vance, a senior, caught 34 passes for 605 yards and four touchdowns a year ago after transferring from Fort Scott Community College. He was Ohio State's second-leading receiver, starting eight of the Buckeyes' 12 games.

During opening remarks at his weekly media luncheon, Tressel mentioned several players who would not play in the opener at Ohio Stadium. They included Vance, three players who are facing legal problems and three more who are injured.

Tressel declined to discuss Vance in particular.

"You're always troubled when things aren't perfect. Obviously, things aren't perfect. It's something you work on constantly," he said.

Tressel did not say how long Vance would be unavailable and declined to refer to Vance's absence as a suspension.

"It's a team policy situation and I'd rather not discuss that with folks outside the team," he said.

Vance will be replaced by Chris Gamble, who will make his first career start.

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