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Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde Suspended For First Three Games Of 2013

| by Sylvan Lane
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Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde came very close to having his career ended.

An assault case against Hyde was closed Tuesday, and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer suspended him for the first three games of the Buckeyes’ 2013 season. While the victim in the assault chose not to file charges against Hyde, Meyer said his punishment was “because he didn’t walk away,” according to ESPN. He continued, “We expect certain behavior or you will not play.”

Hyde was initially named a person of interest in an July 20th alleged assault of a woman at a Columbus bar. Yahoo Sports later reported surveillance footage from the nightclub showed that Hyde didn’t strike the alleged victim, but Hyde was suspended from the team indefinitely "pending the outcome of the student code of conduct and criminal investigations,” Meyer said.

Ohio State's first three games of 2013 are against Buffalo, San Diego State and California. The earliest date that Hyde can play is Sept. 21, when the Buckeyes host Florida A&M.

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According to ESPN, “Hyde, a 6-foot-2, 242-pound senior from Naples, Fla., scored 17 touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record last fall. He gained 970 yards on 185 carries, coming within 30 yards of becoming the first running back in Meyer's coaching career to reach 1,000 yards in a season.

“Clearing that milestone this season was a goal Hyde didn't shy away from during spring practice, but he won't have a full season to try to reach it now. Hyde still is expected to form one of the most dangerous inside-outside rushing combinations in the country with quarterback Braxton Miller this fall.”

Sources: ESPN, CBS Sports