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Ohio State linebacker and former Gateway star Dorian Bell, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's 2008 Player of the Year, was suspended for next season due to an unspecified violation of team rules.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel -- himself suspended for the first five games of next season -- confirmed Bell's suspension Sunday to The Columbus Dispatch, which cited sources that the suspension was in response to a third violation of same team rule.

Bell, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound redshirt sophomore, made nine tackles in limited action last season. He was expected to play more in 2011 after the Buckeyes lost starters Ross Homan and Brian Rolle off last year's team.

A five-star recruit while at Gateway, Bell was the third-ranked outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com. As a senior, he recorded 113 tackles -- 75 solo and 19 for a loss -- made seven sacks, and defended nine passes. He also ran for 860 yards and 16 touchdowns.

The suspension continues a disappointing past few months for the Buckeyes.

In December, days before Ohio State faced Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl, five players -- including star quarterback and Jeannette native Terrelle Pryor -- were suspended by the NCAA the first five games of 2011 for receiving improper benefits.

Tressel was suspended when it was determined he was aware of his players' violations for nine months but didn't alert the NCAA or the school. Ohio State originally set his suspension at two games, but he requested it be extended to five games to match his players.

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