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Smith Won’t Play for Ohio State

<i> Associated Press</i>

Tailback Robert Smith, saying he questioned the importance of playing football, ended speculation Friday by finalizing his decision to quit the Ohio State team.

“I questioned the importance of what I was doing relative to my larger goals in life,” Smith said, reading from a statement. “In view of these doubts I believe neither the team nor I would benefit from my return to the program at this time.”

A microbiology major, Smith wants to become a surgeon.

Smith, who broke Archie Griffin’s Ohio State freshman rushing record with 1,126 yards last year, quit the team Aug. 23, saying the coaching staff disregarded academics and player safety.

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Smith said he would continue to attend Ohio State.


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