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Plea deal for Buckeye duo, but scholarships stripped… for now

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Suspended shortly after an incident of tandem peeing & fleeing, Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort have seen their legal situation come to a conclusion.

Their issues with the program, however, will continue at least through the summer.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Stoneburner and Mewhort reached a plea agreement Friday and pleaded guilty to one charge each of disorderly conduct.  The players had originally been charged with obstructing official business.

Each player will pay $299 in fines and court costs.

The charges for Stoneburner and Mewhort, along with another male not connected to the football program, stemmed from an incident earlier this month:

Police told 10TV News that two officers saw the three men who they believed were urinating between buildings. The officers attempted to talk with them but they ran away.

Two of them were captured while they were crouched in between vehicles, police said. The third person was found hiding in nearby woods after officers threatened to use a police dog.

Two days after their arrests, the players were suspended indefinitely by first-year OSU head coach Urban Meyer.  Additionally, Meyer confirmed to the Plain Dealer in a statement late last night that the players “will each be removed from athletic scholarship beginning with the summer term, and they will continue to be suspended from team activities until stipulations are successfully met.”

In other words, the players will be forced to pay their own way through school at least through the summer.  While they will be permitted to workout at the team’s facilities, neither will be allowed to do so with other teammates while under suspension.

Meyer added that “[t]hey will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session.”

As a redshirt junior last season, Stoneburner led the Buckeyes in receiving touchdowns with seven, including three in a season-opening win over Akron.  He also finished third on the team in receptions (14) and receiving yards (193).

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8 Responses to “Plea deal for Buckeye duo, but scholarships stripped… for now”
  1. ndnut says: Jun 16, 2012 12:10 PM

    Stripping scholarships for peeing and fleeing? There are a lot of worse things they could’ve done! I a free with suspending them for maybe a game or two but this does not warrant stripping a scholarship.

  2. 10kmp says: Jun 16, 2012 1:01 PM

    This whole thing is beyond ridiculous. That these two would run from the police after doing absolutely nothing that warranted any action whatsoever, let alone running from cops, is just silly. NEVER RUN FROM THE POLICE. NEVER. That the police would have nothing better to do than to create an issue out of two college kids urinating outdoors, in the dark of night, at two in the morning and between buildings, is equally inane. And that this would result in the loss of scholarships, albeit temporarily, ices the whole cake. I know Urban wants to set the tone and send a message, but IMO he’s punishing the players’ parents more than the players themselves as the parents will most likely be the ones who absorb the financial costs.

  3. chstr330122 says: Jun 16, 2012 1:07 PM

    Yea the financial cost, let me see, they can still use facilities, skip summer school all togther then in the fall Ohio State can change there drug policy to match Florida’s so they can smoke pot til they graduate. Man the Meyer guy is TUFF!

  4. overratedgators says: Jun 16, 2012 2:58 PM

    Saw on Fox News that Republicans are up in arms over high profile leaks. I had no idea this is what they meant.

  5. iownyou2 says: Jun 16, 2012 7:39 PM

    Don’t worry in classic Urban style they will have their scholarships and everything back for big games.

  6. mtheparrothead says: Jun 17, 2012 8:44 AM

    You guys are suspended for the summer ! Haha. What a joke

  7. latchbeam says: Jun 17, 2012 1:07 PM

    Don’t pee and run in public…

  8. vincentbojackson says: Jun 17, 2012 2:27 PM

    The cops chased down division 1 football players?

    Those officers must have been SEC grads.

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