July 22, 2013

Gardner dismissed, Baugh punished

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The indefinite suspension of Carlos Hyde and arrest of Bradley Roby weren't the only negative news items for the Ohio State football team on Monday.

On the same day that he suspended his starting running back and said that he'll monitor a situation involving his top cornerback, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer announced punishments for a pair of OSU freshmen.

Following a charge of obstruction of official business on Saturday, offensive lineman Timothy Gardner was sent home, effectively ending his Ohio State career before it even officially started. A three-star prospect, Gardner arrived at Ohio State in June out of Lawrence Central high school in Indianapolis, Ind. He was rated as the No. 17 overall prospect in the state of Indiana in 2013.

With four senior starters returning to the Buckeyes offensive line this season, the 6-foot-5, 340-pounder was a likely candidate for a redshirt in 2013.

Also punished on Monday was tight end Marcus Baugh, who was arrested and charged with possession of alcohol and fake identification a week ago. The four-star prospect has had his scholarship revoked, will not participate in team activities, and has been suspended for the Buckeyes' Aug. 31 season-opener against Buffalo.

"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," Meyer said. "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."

The Buckeyes are expected to report for fall camp on Aug. 4.




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