Heading into summer camp and coming off a perfect 2012 in its first season under Urban Meyer, Ohio State is not only a near-unanimous pick to win the Big Ten but is also one of the teams looked on as a favorite to break Alabama’s string of BCS titles. While that may still end up being the case, the Buckeyes’ row just got a lot harder to hoe.
Citing sources with knowledge of the situation, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that starting running back Carlos Hyde has been dismissed from the football program following an incident over the weekend in Columbus. Hyde, the Dispatch writes, “was named as a person of interest in a weekend assault against a female in a Downtown bar.”
As it appears now, no charges have been filed against Hyde, although the same can’t be said for another Buckeye star.
According to the same report, preseason All-American favorite Bradley Roby was arrested early Sunday morning in a separate incident and charged with battery resulting in bodily injury. The incident at a Bloomington, Ind., drinking establishment occurred when Roby “was asked to leave a bar after a disturbance, refused, and was subdued by bouncers at the bar before being taken into custody.”
Roby could be facing a suspension pending a further investigation into the arrest.
Hyde led all OSU running backs in rushing last season with 970 yards, and led the team with 16 rushing touchdowns. Roby was a first-team All-Big Ten performer in 2012 and was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back.
The school has yet to confirm the twin developments, although a statement and/or release from the school is expected in short order.
While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program. The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”
The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend. Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.
Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension. He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.
Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.
Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).
It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.
On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program. Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.
Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before. It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.
Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina. He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.
The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively. He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.