Talk about a bad weekend for the Ohio State football program.
Less than two weeks from the start of preseason camp, Ohio State has been rocked by two conduct issues involving prominent players. The Columbus Dispatch reports starting running back Carlos Hyde has been dismissed from the program after being named a person of interest in a weekend assault against a woman at a Columbus bar. Starting cornerback Bradley Roby also was arrested Sunday in Bloomington, Ind., and faces a preliminary charge of battery resulting in a bodily injury.
According to a police report, Roby was asked to leave a bar after a disturbance, refused, and was subdued by bouncers at the bar before being taken into custody. Roby has an initial hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Ohio State has yet to comment about either player, but a team spokesman said a personnel announcement would be made later today.
Hyde rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns on 185 carries last season as Ohio State's primary back, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media. Roby led the Big Ten with 19 passes defended (17 breakups, two interceptions) and added 63 tackles, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery en route to first-team all-conference honors.
Ohio State held a team meeting early Monday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Athletic director Gene Smith attended the gathering.
Hyde's situation appears to be much more serious, although no charges have been filed. Former Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein was dismissed from the team last July after being charged with domestic violence and assault, but he was reinstated weeks later after the domestic violence charge was dropped.
The Buckeyes have good depth at running back as Jordan Hall returns from injury to join Rod Smith, Bri'onte Dunn and others. Dynamic recruit Dontre Wilson joins the mix in camp, which kicks off Aug. 4.
Roby would be the more significant loss if he misses any sustained period of time. The junior cornerback, who considered entering the NFL draft following the 2012 season, was scheduled to appear at Big Ten preseason media days Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago.
Ohio State's conduct issues undoubtedly will be a focal point in Chicago. Head coach Urban Meyer has avoided many high-profile off-field issues as Buckeyes coach, but his past at Florida, especially in light of the Aaron Hernandez situation, will make this a popular topic at media days.
More to come as this story develops ...