The “wait-and-see” approach to college football discipline is not new. We have seen it at all over the nation as players are held in limbo, waiting for details to develop and information to become more clear. The situation at Ohio State (Carlos Hyde specifically) is a case that warrants this approach more than any other.
Hyde was suspended Monday, after being named as a person of interest in an assault on a female bar patron, as ESPN reported. It seemed—as Hyde was lumped with corner Bradley Roby’s removal from Big Ten media days, Marcus Baugh’s one-game suspension and Tim Gardner’s dismissal—that Urban Meyer’s discipline issues were rearing their ugly head, again.
At least it fit the narrative that many wanted to push.
Four unrelated instances would of course prove that Meyer’s teams were, somehow, out of control—especially when people could lump them in with stories of what happened at Florida and the coach not instantly dismissing Hyde.
Then, Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson broke the news that Hyde, despite being a person of interest, might have video evidence that exonerates the running back.