Ohio State fourth-stringer faces assault charge

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Fourth-string Ohio State tailback Jaamal Berry has been charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after police say he punched a man in the face and then bragged about it.

Franklin County Municipal Court records show the 20-year-old Berry was charged Wednesday in the alleged Oct. 21 attack shortly before 2:30 a.m. in Columbus, Ohio.

A police report shows a 21-year-old man said Berry punched him with a closed fist after an argument and that a witness was hit as he tried to break up the fight. Another witness said Berry bragged about what he had done. There were no serious injuries.

Arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig said in a statement that Berry had been suspended from the team “for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct” and “will remain suspended until charges filed against him have been resolved.”

WEST VIRGINIA: A Big 12 spokesman says the school’s membership in the league isn’t conditional on the university getting an early release from the Big East after all.

Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas had said at a welcome reception Tuesday in Morgantown, W.Va., that a 10th member was needed for next season to fulfill the conference’s television commitments.

On Wednesday, Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda released a statement saying the Mountaineers’ membership “is not contingent upon (them) joining the Conference for the 2012-13 season.” He did not elaborate.

The Big East has said it plans to keep West Virginia from leaving for 27 months under the league’s bylaws. West Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Big East on Monday, seeking to declare the bylaws invalid.

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