Ohio State disciplines two starters and two freshmen



COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer 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 female over the weekend in Columbus.

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

Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh, a tight end, and defensive lineman Tim Gardner were also disciplined on 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.

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.


WISCONSIN: Quarterback Tanner McEvoy is back with the team after being mugged in Madison over the weekend.

The Badgers say McEvoy suffered minor injuries and his wallet, watch and iPhone were stolen early Sunday. He resumed team activities Monday.


MIDDLE TENNESSEE: Police say they have video of a Blue Raiders football player choking his girlfriend last November while two teammates watched and did nothing.

The girlfriend met with university police on Friday and they released a report Monday saying they have a copy of a videotape showing the woman pleading with defensive tackle J.D. Jones to stop choking her first with his hand, then his arm from behind.


MERCER: Will have a crowd totalling more than their combined undergraduate student bodies when it opens the 2013 season against Reinhardt.

Single-game tickets for the modern-era debut of Bears football, as well as the first football game in Reinhardt history, were gone in less than 30 minutes Monday morning for the contest, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Mercer has sold more than 5,000 season tickets for the first fall of football at the school since the 1940s.

The stadium’s official permanent seating is almost 7,500, but the stadium can hold more fans between berm grass seating and portable bleachers. Mercer will list capacity at around 10,200.