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July 30, 2013

Hyde suspended at least three games

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Hours after the Columbus Police Department announced that Carlos Hyde will not face criminal charges, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer punished his starting running back, suspending Hyde for "at least" the first three games of the 2013 season "for conduct not representative of this football program or this university."

"He will be required to fulfill additional obligations before he is allowed to play in a game," Meyer said in a statement released on Tuesday night.

Hyde, who had been named a person of interest in an alleged assault in a downtown Columbus bar on July 20, will miss at least the Buckeyes' contests with Buffalo, San Diego State, and California. The senior running back is eligible to return for OSU's Sept. 21 matchup with Florida A&M.

After Hyde was suspended indefinitely by Meyer pending the outcome of a criminal and student affairs investigation, his accuser told police that she wished not to pursue charges against the Naples, Fla. native at this time. On Tuesday, the Columbus Police Department released surveillance video from Sugar Bar 2, which showed Hyde clearly involved in an altercation with a woman, although it was unclear the extent of any physical contact that he may have had with her.

"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.

A second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2012, Hyde rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games, playing a key cog in a rushing offense that ranked 10th nationally. With Hyde suspended, Meyer and his staff will likely turn to redshirt junior Rod Smith to fill the void that he'll leave in the Buckeyes' backfield.

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