Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Buckeyes discipline four

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading scorer Carlos Hyde, a running back, from all team activities in the wake of an alleged assault against a woman over the weekend in Columbus.

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. He was one of the players initially selected to speak to reporters at the event.

Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh, a tight end, and defensive lineman Tim Gardner were also disciplined Monday.

"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 issued by Ohio State on Monday. "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."

Published reports earlier in the day said Hyde had been kicked off the team for being listed as a person of interest in the assault of a woman at a downtown Columbus bar. The Columbus Dispatch reported Hyde was dismissed from the team early Saturday.

Hyde, a 6-foot, 242-pound senior from Naples, rushed for 970 yards on 185 carries last season, second on the team to quarterback Braxton Miller, and was the unbeaten Buckeyes' leading scorer with 17 touchdowns and 102 points.

Roby, one of the team's top returning defensive players, was arrested Sunday morning in Bloomington and is facing preliminary charges of misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury.

BIG 12 MEETINGS: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said there is "unanimity" among leaders from five power conferences that significant changes are needed now in the NCAA. "We all have a sense that transformative change is going to have to happen," Bowlsby said. "This is not a time when trimming around the edges is going to make very much difference." Bowlsby and the commissioners of the SEC, Big Ten, Pac 12 and ACC met about six weeks ago to discuss issues.

GOOD SPORT: Brady Hoke invited a young Ohio State fan who named his cancer "Michigan" to see his Wolverines play the Buckeyes. Michigan's coach offered Grant Reed, 12, tickets to this year's matchup in Ann Arbor. Reed, who recently finished his final chemotherapy treatment, accepted.

MWC POLL: Boise State and Fresno State are projected to finish on top of the two new divisions of the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos were picked to finish first in the Mountain Division and the Bulldogs are favorites in the West.

QB OKAY AFTER MUGGING: Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy is back with the team after being mugged in Madison over the weekend. The Badgers said McEvoy suffered minor injuries and his wallet, watch and iPhone were stolen early Sunday,

BASKETBALL: Authorities in Durham, N.C., dismissed charges against North Carolina leading scorer P.J. Hairston, who was arrested June 5 and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license. … A report commissioned by Rutgers after a scandal led to the ousting of coach Mike Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti found breakdowns in communication as the university learned about Rice's physical and verbal abuse of players.

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