Ohio State's top running back suspended pending investigation into reported assault

Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer forced to deal with several players' off-the-field issues.
MCT Regional News
Jul 23, 2013

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announced this afternoon that No. 1 running back Carlos Hyde has been suspended pending results of a Columbus police investigation of his being a person of interest in a weekend assault against a woman in a Downtown bar.

Meyer also was dealing with legal news concerning three other players, including All-Big Ten cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested early yesterday morning in Bloomington, Ind., after an incident in a bar. According to Monroe County court records, Roby is facing a misdemeanor battery charge resulting in bodily injury. According to the report, he had been escorted out of the bar after a disturbance, tried to re-enter the establishment, and was subdued by bouncers at the bar before being taken into custody.

Roby, who chose to return for his junior season -- his fourth year in school -- instead of going to the NFL, has been listed on several preseason watch lists for various national awards as well as being projected as an All-American.

Roby, expected to attend the Big Ten preseason kickoff luncheon Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago, will be kept home and could face further disciplinary action as his case unfolds.

Meyer also announced that freshman lineman T.J. Gardner has been sent home to Indianapolis and will not be part of the team for the 2013 season. He was charged by Columbus police Saturday night with obstruction of official business after he reportedly ran from the police at a party after being told to stop on suspicion of substance abuse.

Freshman tight end Marcus Baugh was arrested a couple of weeks ago for underage possession of alcohol and for having a fake indentification card. Meyer said Baugh, from Riverside, Calif., has been removed from all team activities and will sit out the first game of the season vs. Buffalo on Aug. 31. He also was taken off scholarship for the rest of the summer.

"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 a news 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."

Hyde had yet to be charged by police by mid-afternoon today. The alleged victim said in the police report she did not know her assailant, but that she could recognize him.

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By TIM MAY - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

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