It has been quite a roller coaster for Ohio State football leading in to Big Ten media days, which get underway tomorrow in Chicago. Perhaps fortunately for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, it appears running back Carlos Hyde will avoid any further legal troubles after initially being labeled a person of interest in an assault case in Columbus. According to a report by Yahoo investigative reporter Charles Robinson, video evidence at a Columbus bar shows Hyde was not responsible for assaulting a woman.
Per the Yahoo report;
Charges are not expected to be filed against Hyde after video from Sugar Bar 2 shows he didn't appear to make contact with an alleged victim who claimed to have been assaulted early Saturday morning, a source who spoke to Yahoo! Sports on the condition of anonymity said. The source said video shows Hyde speaking in the direction of the alleged victim just prior to her punching him in the head. The video then shows Hyde leaving the area and reaching back in the woman's direction in a non-confrontational manner, the source said. From the video, it doesn't appear Hyde ever made contact with the woman – either before or after she struck him, the source said.
As shared here on Monday, as well as on Crystal Ball Run, Hyde was initially reported to be dismissed from the Ohio State roster in the aftermath of this allegation. It was later reporter that Hyde was actually indefinitely suspended rather than removed entirely from the roster. Hyde was never charged with anything by Columbus police but the authorities had labeled him a person of interest in their investigation.
Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer will likely be asked about this news at some point during Big Ten media days, but at this point we probably should not expect much comment on the situation until Meyer gets caught up to speed on the legal investigation or Hyde is confirmed to be free of any charges.