Just hours after an assault case against him was closed (and video of the act surfaced), Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde has been suspended for at least 3 games by the university. In a statement, head coach Urban Meyer said this regarding Hyde’s availability:
“Carlos Hyde will be suspended for at least the first three games of the 2013 season for conduct not representative of this football program or this university. He will be required to fulfill additional obligations before he is allowed to play in a game.”
That is pretty cut and dry at first glance, but the appearance of “at least” in the first sentence leaves some wiggle room for the Buckeyes. Hyde was a tremendous asset last season for OSU, as he ran for nearly 1,000 yards (970 to be exact) and 17 touchdowns. That level of production makes him an extremely valuable asset, and the fact that his stated suspension was only 3 games (and the opponents are Buffalo, San Diego State, and California) is telling of that value.
On one hand, the legal issues of Hyde appear to be over. However, his road back to the Ohio State football team seems to be paved with hurdles, and even with his alleged “innocence” as far as criminal conduct, he will be on the sidelines for a while.