A new week and a new problem for Urban Meyer. The coach who is now becoming infamous for his players’ troubles with the law has himself in yet another bind thanks to his Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde. Actually, make that possibly former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde.
This morning, it was announced that the star back is suspended indefinitely from the football team as he has become a person of interest in an assault case. According to CBS Sports, Hyde is suspected of assaulting a female in a bar this past weekend in Columbus.
Hyde, who ran for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012, was poised for a big senior season with the Big Ten favorite Ohio State Buckeyes. He was recently named as a Doak Walker Award watch-list candidate. Now it appears his college football career could be over and he could soon be charged with assault.
For Meyer, this is both a huge loss for his team and another blow to his already-questionable reputation. The coach has come under fire recently for how he handled his players’ legal troubles while he was the coach at Florida, specifically how he seemed to enable Aaron Hernandez‘s off-the-field troubles. Hernandez’s murder charges have further magnified this.
Even more recently, star cornerback Bradley Roby was arrested for battery at a bar in Indiana this past week. Roby could face charges and will likely have to be punished by Meyer to some extent.
In the short term, Hyde will likely be replaced at starting running back by either Rod Smith or Jordan Hall, or Meyer could split the carries. Both options played limited time last season and neither have proven to be as productive as Hyde.
Hyde’s suspension from the team now puts Ohio State without an experienced running back in a season where they are expected to win the Big Ten and possibly be in the National Championship, and once again brings up questions about Meyer’s character and his handling of the program.