Ohio State has handed running back Carlos Hyde a three-game suspension for allegedly assaulting a woman in a bar on July 20, but Hyde has apparently avoided facing any legal consequences.
Columbus police spokesman Sergeant Rich Weiner said on Tuesday that the victim in the case will not be pursuing charges on Hyde, and that the case against the star running back has officially been closed.
Because the police didn’t go as far as to say that Hyde was actually innocent, it appears his suspension will stand. But from a football standpoint, it’s comforting to know that the team will not be losing it’s leading rusher for any more time.
Perhaps the silver lining in this whole situation is that two of the Buckeyes’ first three games are against Buffalo and Cal, who went 4-8 and 3-9 in 2012, respectively. While neither team should be overlooked, Ohio State should still be able to walk out of both games unscratched. The only real challenge will be San Diego State (9-4 in 2012) in Week 2, however, the Aztecs gave up 369 offensive yards per game last season. While that was against a relatively tough schedule, none of the opponents that the Aztecs faced in 2012 were nearly on par with what Ohio State will be bringing to the table this season.
Now, some reports have indicated that Hyde could potentially be suspended for more games, which would potentially put him out for the Week 5 battle against the Wisconsin Badgers in late September. However, in his statements, coach Urban Meyer seemed to indicate that Hyde’s “additional obligations,” were not necessarily more games on the sidelines.
So mark your calendars. Pending any unforeseeable setbacks, the return of Carlos Hyde is scheduled for September 21 against Florida A&M. Hopefully he’ll be returning to a team that’s 3-0.