Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on Monday disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading-scorer Carlos Hyde in the wake of an alleged assault against a female over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
In addition, star cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested in Indiana for an altercation with a security guard at a bar last weekend, will not represent the Buckeyes at this week’s Big Ten media days.
Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh, a tight end, and defensive lineman Tim Gardner were also disciplined.
“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 statement. “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.”
There were published reports earlier in the day that Hyde had been kicked off the team for being listed as a person of interest in the alleged assault of a woman at a downtown Columbus bar. The Columbus Dispatch cited sources saying Hyde was dismissed from the team over the Saturday incident.
Hyde, a 6-foot, 242-pound senior from Naples, Fla., rushed for 970 yards on 185 carries last season, and was the unbeaten Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 17 touchdowns and 102 points.
MIAMI COACH BEGS
Miami coach Al Golden hopes that the Hurricanes soon will have “closure” with regard to the NCAA investigation into the school’s athletic department.
The Hurricanes have been under investigation since 2011, mainly over the role of convicted felon and former booster Nevin Shapiro with the football and men’s basketball programs.
Golden, speaking at the Atlantic Coast Conference media day in Greensboro, N.C., said he is “just hopeful that there will be closure here shortly and we’ll be able to move forward.”
• Wisconsin QB Tanner McEvoy was back with the team after being mugged in Madison over the weekend.
The Badgers said McEvoy suffered minor injuries and his wallet, watch and phone were stolen Sunday. Police were investigating.
• Police in Murfreesboro, Tenn., say they have video showing a Middle Tennessee player choking his girlfriend last November while two teammates watched.
Defensive tackle J.D. Jones is charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault, while cornerback Rodney O’Neal and defensive tackle Marcus Robinson were charged with aiding and abetting. MTSU has suspended the players.
• Writers who cover the Atlantic Coast Conference picked Clemson and Miami to win their respective divisions and the Tigers to represent the ACC in the Bowl Championship Series.
• In the Mountain West Conference, the media picks are Boise State (Mountain) and Fresno State (West) in the league’s new divisions.
Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby, a former Stanford AD, said there is “unanimity” among leaders from the five power conferences that significant changes are needed now in the NCAA. … The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., will match teams from the Pacific-12 and the Big 12 after the 2014 season.