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July 30, 2013

Hyde will not be charged in alleged assault

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Eight days after he was suspended indefinitely by the Ohio State football program after being named the person of interest in an alleged assault, the Columbus Police Department announced that charges will not be pursued against Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde.

"Investigators interviewed the alleged victim on Saturday, at which time she informed us she would not be pursuing charges," CPD Sgt. Richard Weiner told BuckeyeGrove.com.

The case, which alleged that a woman was assaulted at Columbus' Sugar Bar 2 on July 20, is now closed according to Weiner.

The now-defunct legal situation involving Hyde has taken many twists and turns over the past week, with Yahoo! Sports reporting that video evidence existed clearing Hyde of any wrongdoing, while NBC 4 in Columbus viewed the video and reported that the OSU running back did in fact make contact with his accuser. The Columbus Police Department said that it will be releasing the surveillance video in question to the media shortly.

Upon Hyde being named a person of interest in the police report, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer suspended his starting running back, stating: "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. There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions."

Free of legal trouble, for now, Hyde will now wait and see what -- if any -- punishment he faces from his head coach. The Naples, Fla. native rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games in 2012, en route to being named a second-team All-Big Ten selection.

More on this story as it develops.

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