COLUMBUS - Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde was suspended Tuesday for at least three games and will be required to meet additional obligations before he plays again for the Buckeyes.
Hyde had been suspended indefinitely after he was named a person of interest in an investigation into an alleged assault of a woman at a downtown Columbus bar. But police said earlier Tuesday that the case had been dropped.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer then announced Hyde's punishment "for conduct not representative of this football program or this university." There was no word in the release on what Meyer meant by the "additional obligations" that Hyde would have to complete before he was allowed to play in another game.
Hyde, a 6-foot-2, 242-pound senior from Naples, Fla., scored 17 touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record last fall. He gained 970 yards on 185 carries.
Ohio State opens its fall camp on Sunday. The Buckeyes' opener is Aug. 31 against Buffalo, followed by another home game against San Diego State and then a trip to California to face the Golden Bears.