Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and tight end Jake Stoneburner have been suspended indefinitely, according to David Briggs of the Toledo Blade.
The penalties were imposed after the two players were reportedly arrested on charges of obstructing official business on Saturday. Those charges were the result of Mewhort and Stoneburner allegedly urinating outside of a restaurant near the tight end’s house.
From 10TV in Ohio:
Two of them were captured while they were crouched in between vehicles in a parking area used for the nearby Memorial Tournament, police said. The third person was found hiding in nearby woods after officers threatened to use a police dog.
All three were released about a little more than an hour later after posting $2,000 bond, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
After Terrelle Pryor and Tattoogate, OSU’s reputation isn’t exactly impeccable and spotless at the moment. Following the hangover that was their 2011 campaign, the last thing the Buckeyes needed was another distraction going into Urban Meyer’s inaugural season in Columbus. But that’s exactly what they got.
Columbus attorney Mark Collins will be representing the players. He said of the accusations (via Toledo Blade), “Hopefully we can sit down with the Shawnee Hills police department and the prosecutors and come up with a resolution that everyone can be satisfied with.”
Until the case concludes, his clients are banned from Ohio State’s football facilities. Considering that Meyer "repeatedly praised Mewhort and Stoneburner as two of the team's most respected leaders this spring," no resolution will likely satisfy the ol' ball coach.
The arrested Buckeyes weren’t just any two players on OSU’s roster. Mewhort was the No. 1 at left tackle atop Meyer's depth chart, while Stoneburner led the team with seven touchdown receptions last season and is expected to be one of Braxton Miller’s main targets in 2012.
Losing the pair of impact players for any lengthened period of time will hurt the Buckeyes.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.