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Ohio State: 4 football players facing discipline after unrelated legal issues

OSU football coach Urban Meyer released information on disciplinary action for four of his players Monday.

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Four members of Ohio State’s football team, including starting senior running back Carlos Hyde and starting redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby, are facing suspensions and other disciplinary action from the team after being involved in separate incidents involving police, OSU announced Monday.

Hyde has been suspended from all football team activities pending the outcome of student code of conduct and criminal investigations. Hyde has been named as a “person of interest” in the reported assault of a woman at a Columbus bar Saturday, according to a Columbus Division of Police report.

OSU also announced that Roby, who was scheduled to appear at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago this week, will no longer attend. Roby was arrested Sunday in Bloomington, Ind. and charged with misdemeanor battery.

Senior safety Christian Bryant will replace Roby at Big Ten Media Days, an OSU athletics spokesman confirmed. Junior quarterback Braxton Miller and redshirt senior Jack Mewhort are also attending the event.

The incident involving Hyde reportedly occurred at about 2 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Bar 2, located at 303 S. Front Street, according to the Columbus Police report.

The woman told police she did not know the suspect who allegedly assaulted her but could identify him, according to the report posted on the blog Eleven Warriors.

Roby was arrested at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday at the Dunkirk Bar in Bloomington, Ind., according to a press release from Bloomington Police.

Roby had been removed from the bar after attempting to start a fight with another patron, then attempted to re-enter the bar but was stopped by security guards. He then struck one of the security guards in the chest, according to the press release. Roby was then wrestled to the ground and detained until police arrived.

Two incoming freshmen have also been disciplined by the Buckeyes. Defensive lineman Tim Gardner was sent home and removed from the team for the 2013 season after being charged with obstruction of official business in Columbus on Saturday, according to an OSU athletics spokesman. Tight end Marcus Baugh has been suspended from football team activities and the team’s Aug. 31 season opener versus Buffalo, following a July 14 arrest for underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake identification.

“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 press 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.”

OSU athletics director Gene Smith applauded Meyer for his “immediate actions” to discipline the players involved in off-field incidents.

“Swift, effective and fair discipline is the standard for our entire athletics program,” Smith said in the press release.

Hyde and Roby did not immediately respond to requests for comments Monday.

Roby was scheduled to appear in Monroe County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

These are not the only incidents involving OSU football players this summer. Former linebacker David Perkins was arrested in Bowling Green May 25, a few days before OSU announced that Perkins would no longer be part of the OSU football program.

Hyde finished second on the team in rushing during the OSU undefeated 2012 season. He had 970 yards and 17 touchdowns during his 10 games played.

Hyde was named to the 2013 preseason Doak Walker Award watch list, an award given to the top college football running back.

Roby was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, and a second-team AP All-American last season. Roby was recently named to watch lists for the Thorpe Award, Walter Camp Award, Nagurski Award and Bednarik Award.

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