Monday, Jul 22, 2013 5:27 pm
Ohio State Will Move On From Today, But We Buckeye Fans Deserve Better
In a wild day for Ohio State football, Carlos Hyde has officially been suspended from the Ohio State football team after being named a person of interest in an investigation of an assault on a woman. Hyde is supposed to be Ohio State’s number one running back and likely a 1,000 yard rusher. He is also a senior and is expected to be leader for a Buckeye team with national championship aspirations.
Now, he could spend his Saturdays at home, watching from his couch as his friends and peers participate in the game that they’re lucky enough to play, depending on the outcome of the criminal investigations.
First, let’s acknowledge that Hyde is being investigated for one of the pettiest acts a man can perform – hurting a woman. There is never, ever an excuse for it. If the allegations turn out to be true, get rid of him. Don’t want him, don’t need him.
Second, let me say that I never pegged Hyde as a guy who would get into trouble, especially of this magnitude. He always seemed like a reserved, level-headed person. Heck, I quit following him on Twitter because his tweets were so boring and pleasant.
Sometimes you just have to stop and really appreciate all the good things in life.
— Carlos Hyde (@El_Guapo34) July 20, 2013
Nonetheless, Hyde is gone for now, and frankly, I don’t really care. I share the same sentiment as seemingly so many Buckeye fans who are sick of this kind of culture surrounding our program. This team is going to win, one way or another, and if you can’t do the right things as a person and accept the responsibility that being a Buckeye entails, there’s the door. Even if we had no depth at running back, I’d be perfectly content with Hyde’s suspension.
But, alas, we do have depth. Plenty of it. From a football perspective, have no concern, Buckeye fans. None. Yes, I would love to see Hyde carry his momentum from last season and plow his way to 1,300+ yards. It would be cool to see Braxton Miller and Hyde keep that chemistry that they spent all of last year creating – that offensive identity that takes real game experience to find. This is certainly a setback, but we have talent waiting to be used.
Rod Smith is the same type of back as Hyde. We’ve seen him make plays before. If he can be more consistent, Ohio State’s offense won’t lose a beat. Plus, this is an opportunity for some of those highly touted freshmen to make some plays.
In typical Ohio State fashion, one bad thing has led to another. Bradley Roby was arrested after refusing to leave a bar. If there was one player I wouldn’t want to lose outside of Miller, it would be Roby. Roby is absolutely a top 10 draft prospect. He’s fast, physical, and has tremendous ball skills. I feel he’s Ohio State’s best defensive player, though others will argue for Ryan Shazier, and that’s fine. But the drop-off from Roby to the next best player at his position is much greater than it is with Hyde.
Yet, if his situation appears serious enough, give him the boot too. There are guys ready for a chance to play – two of Ohio State’s top recruits are corners. If Roby is unable to play, it’ll be interesting seeing who will step up to fill his spot.
I will be disappointed if Roby is dismissed from the team or suspended. I want to see him play. Still, if you can’t handle the limelight, get out of here. We’ll win without you. Let’s also not forget that two freshmen, Marcus Baugh and Tim Gardner, were also punished, Gardner being removed from the team.
Dealing with these kinds of situations is something Ohio State fans have grown too accustomed to. From Clarett to Pryor to numerous others in between, we have had more than our share of delinquent players. We Buckeye fans need a break, and we deserve better.