Even as Ohio State is expecting national stage-type things on the field this year, “issues” off the field have reportedly continued during the run up to the 2013 season.
Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, elevenwarriors.com is reporting that cornerback Najee Murray has been dismissed from the football team. Even in the context of a confidential source being used, the only reason given for the departure was the standard violation of unspecified team rules.
OSU has yet to publicly address Murray’s status for the upcoming season, and declined to comment on the report when asked via email.
As a true freshman and mainly on special teams, Murray played in the first six games of the 2012 season before going down with a torn ACL. The 11W website wrote that Murray “was expected to be a contributor on special teams and in the secondary during the 2013 season.”
In late July, it was reported that, in separate incidents, starting running back Carlos Hyde and star cornerback Bradley Roby were a person of interest in the punching of a female and arrested for assault, respectively.
While Hyde was ultimately not charged in connection to the case, he was suspended for at least the first three games of the season by head coach Urban Meyer. The All-American Roby was taken off the list of player speakers at the Big Ten media days last month and has been “demoted” to the second team for the initial portion of summer camp. Any further punishment, up to and including game suspensions, has yet to be announced.
Additionally, there were legal incidents involving tight end Marcus Baugh and defensive lineman Tim Gardner over the summer. Baugh was arrested for underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake identification. He is suspended for the season opener against Buffalo, and will lose the summer financial aid afforded student-athletes.
Gardner, on the other hand, will not be a Buckeye in 2013 after a mid-July arrest in Columbus for obstruction official business.
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