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2 OSU stars among 4 punished

– Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading scorer Carlos Hyde from all team activities in the wake of an alleged assault against a woman over the weekend in Columbus.

In addition, star cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested in Indiana, accused of an altercation with a security guard at a bar last weekend, will not represent the Buckeyes at this week’s Big Ten media days.

Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh, a tight end from Riverside, Calif., and defensive lineman Tim Gardner from Indianapolis were also disciplined Monday.

“I have a clear set of core values in place that members of this football program are constantly reminded of and are expected to honor,” Meyer said in a statement issued by Ohio State late on Monday afternoon. “There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions.”

Hyde, a 6-foot, 242-pound senior from Naples, Fla., rushed for 970 yards on 185 carries last season, second best on the team behind quarterback Braxton Miller, and was the unbeaten Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 17 touchdowns and 102 points.

Roby, 192-pound redshirt junior from Suwanee, Ga., who is one of the team’s top returning defensive players, was involved in a separate incident.

Court records in Monroe County, Ind., indicate Roby was arrested early Sunday morning in Bloomington, Ind., and is facing preliminary charges of misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury. He posted bond.

The two freshmen were considered promising prospects.

Baugh, like Hyde, was removed from all team activities and will also sit out the first game of the season, Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo, for his arrest last weekend, charged with underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake identification.

Gardner was sent home and will not be a part of the 2013 team after he was charged Saturday night by Columbus police with obstruction of official business.

It was not immediately known if he was linked to Hyde’s arrest or that was yet another incident.

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