Columbus, OH (WOIO) - Four players, multiple incidents, one big loss for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Urban Meyer, suspending his top running back, Carlos Hyde, from all football activities on Monday, after Hyde was accused of punching a woman in the face at the Sugar Bar 2 in downtown Columbus early Saturday morning.
As of Monday, Hyde had not been arrested, just named a person of interest. Hyde ran for 970 yards last season.
The Buckeyes' top cornerback, Bradley Roby, also made the police blotter over the weekend, arrested in Bloomington, Indiana early Sunday morning after an altercation at a bar. According to a police report, Roby refused to leave the bar following a disturbance, then struck a bar bouncer.
Roby is now facing preliminary charges for battery resulting in bodily injuries.
Meyer also took disciplinary action Monday against two freshmen who were involved in legal issues in the past week: tight end Marcus Baugh, from Riverside, Calif., and defensive lineman Tim Gardner, from Indianapolis.
"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. "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."
Baugh has been removed from all team activities and will sit out the first game of the season, Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo, for his arrest last weekend for underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake identification. His actions will also result in the loss of his summer aid.
Gardner is being sent home and will not be a part of the 2013 team after he was charged Saturday night by Columbus police with obstruction of official business.
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