Ohio State suspends Carlos Hyde
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State Buckeyes have suspended senior running back Carlos Hyde, projected by some to be among the top tailbacks in the nation this season, coach Urban Meyer announced Monday.
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Urban Meyer's stance on discipline with the Buckeyes is going to be widely known and surely better understood now. And he has two of his highest-profile players to thank for it, writes Austin Ward. Blog
Hyde, a bulldozing rusher who led the Buckeyes with 17 total touchdowns last season, is a person of interest in the investigation of an assault against a woman at a downtown Columbus bar, the Columbus Dispatch said.
Hyde has not been arrested or charged with a crime but was identified in a police report filed Saturday in Columbus.
Meyer said that Hyde is banned from all football activities as the school awaits the outcome from both a criminal investigation and a code of conduct investigation. The Dispatch, citing sources, reported earlier Monday that Hyde has been kicked off the team.
According to a police report, Roby refused to leave a bar after a disturbance and was detained by bouncers before being taken into custody by police. Roby is facing preliminary charges in Monroe County, Ind., of battery resulting in bodily injury.
A source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that there is surveillance video of the incident that's contrary to what is being reported.
The video shows that after the alleged victim punched Hyde in the head, he reacted "in a non-confrontational manner" but did not make contact with the woman who filed the police report, Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday.
"I have a clear set of core values in place that members of this football program are constantly reminded of and are expected to honor," Meyer said in the release. "There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions."
Carlos Hyde's rushing TDs last year matched the most in a single season for the Buckeyes going back to 2000.
|*-- second in Big Ten (Montee Ball had 22)|
|2012, Carlos Hyde*||16|
|2010, Boom Herron||16|
|2002, Maurice Clarett||16|
|2007, Beanie Wells||15|
|2001, Jonathan Wells||15|
In addition, Meyer will keep starting cornerback Bradley Roby from attending Big Ten media days this week. Roby could face additional discipline as more information from a Sunday morning arrest becomes available.
Roby, a junior, is also widely projected to be among the top players at his position this season. He flirted with leaving early for the NFL after breaking up 17 passes with a pair of interceptions on the way to first-team All-America honors from ESPN.com and was expected to anchor a talented secondary for an Ohio State defense that has to replace seven starters this season.
Meanwhile, true freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been suspended from all team activities, stripped of offseason aid and will miss the first game of the season on Aug. 31 for his arrest for underage possession of alcohol and possessing fake identification.
Fellow freshman Tim Gardner has been sent home and won't be part of the program this season following the offensive lineman's arrest on Saturday for obstruction of official business.
"Swift, effective and fair discipline is the standard for our entire athletics program," athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. "I applaud Coach Meyer for his immediate actions."
Information from BuckeyeNation's Austin Ward was used in this report.