Over the course of the weekend the Ohio State Buckeyes had new uncertainty injected into the mix after two arrests of high-profile stars.
Reports have surfaced this morning that presumed No. 1 RB Carlos Hyde has been dismissed from the Buckeyes squad by Urban Meyer following his arrest for alleged battery of a female — who happened to be a police officer’s daughter — at a nightclub in Columbus over the weekend.
Unfortunately for Meyer, it’s not the only case he will have to deal with in coming days.
Cornerback Bradley Roby — a prospective 2013 All-American who decided to forgo the NFL Draft in favor of returning for his junior season — was arrested in Bloomington, Indiana for allegedly being involved in a physical altercation with a woman in a nightclub.
Hyde’s dismissal was due to Meyer’s strict no-tolerance policy in regards to violence against women and along those lines its reasonable to assume Roby could be met with the same fate as Hyde if Meyer sticks to his policy without bending in the light of the impending pressure of expectations this coming season.
In almost every national pre-season poll and in Vegas odds which have been released over the past few weeks, Ohio State is seen as one of the favorites to play in what will be the last BCS National Championship Game in January 2014. A team loaded in talent and led by Heisman Trophy favorite Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes have (or now, possibly, had) all the pieces in place to run the table in the Big 10 and potentially square off in one-for-the-ages against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the end of the season.
That aside, the two weekend arrests are a troubling development for Urban Meyer as he does his best to quell the increasingly louder voices who have complained of his lack of control over the program since his arrival in Columbus to clean up a gigantic mess that was left for him in the wake of previous NCAA sanctions.
It’s a rough day for Buckeye faithful no matter how you cut it, and the coming weeks don’t promise to be much better.