Urban Meyer has been criticized in the past for taking a lenient stand when his players found themselves in legal trouble.
His quick decision to dismiss Carlos Hyde, though, shows that he isn’t so lenient these days.
According to Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch, Hyde has been dismissed from the team for allegedly punching a woman at a Columbus bar early Saturday morning.
Hyde, who was expected to be the team’s starting running back, has not been arrested, but has been named as a person of interest in a Columbus police report, according to Eleven Warriors.
The report details an incident that took place around 2 a.m. at Sugar Bar 2 on Front Street. The alleged victim reports that she was assaulted by Hyde accordingly:
Victim stated on listed date and time at the listed location she was assaulted by the described suspect. Victim stated she does not know the suspect but stated she could identify him.
Regardless of his stance at previous coaching stints, Meyer has drawn a clear line at Ohio State. Following an incident last summer, when Jack Mewhort and Jake Stoneburner were arrested for urinating in public and running from police, Meyer indicated that his players made a “stupid” mistake, according to CBS Sports:
“So are they less stupid now? I don’t know. Right now we’re going to do the best we can to help them be less stupid,” Meyer said. “If there was a bad guy situation, they wouldn’t be playing.”