COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hours after it was ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll by The Associated Press, Ohio State suspended two more of its top players.
Coach Urban Meyer said Saturday that cornerback Bradley Roby and running back Rod Smith will sit out the Aug. 31 opener against Buffalo.
That now makes three starters, including leading scorer Carlos Hyde, who have been disciplined this summer and will miss at least the first game at Ohio Stadium.
Roby was punished because of his arrest in July on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a bar bouncer in Bloomington, Ind.
”I don’t think it’s done yet,” Meyer said of the case against Roby. ”He’ll be suspended one game just because there’s an issue. I’ll make a further determination once . I don’t think it’s done.”
The prosecutor has offered Roby the chance to enter a pretrial diversion program that could result in the charge being dismissed. Meyer said even if the charge is dismissed, Roby will sit out – and could face further punishment from the team.
”He was there and he shouldn’t have been there. It won’t change,” he said. ”Will he play the first game? No.”
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