Ohio State football's title hopes took a hit this morning. According to a report in The Columbus Dispatch today, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has kicked running back Carlos Hyde off the team.
Citing a police report, The Dispatch reported Hyde was a person of interest in the ongoing investigation of a weekend assault of a female in a Columbus bar. Hyde has not been charged or arrested on any crime.
Hyde totaled 970 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Buckeyes and is considered by many to be one of the top backs in college football. Earlier this summer, I rated him as the top rusher in the Big Ten at Football.com.
The Dispatch also reported a past instance in which Meyer came down hard on a suspected woman-assaulter. He dismissed Storm Klein last summer when he was accused of being involved in a physical conforntation with a woman. Klein was allowed back on the team after he was cleared of the charges.