Unlike the other coaches at Big Ten media days, Ohio State's Urban Meyer fielded more off-filed questions than on-field ones when he took the podium on Wednesday.
For the most part Meyer played it safe and terse, choosing his words carefully and not saying anything of genuine import. But one quote stuck out as more noteworthy than the rest: the one about Bradley Roby being his biggest disappointment.
Per CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler:
Meyer said Roby arrest most disappointing of the recent Buckeyes problems. Said he's gotten his side of story— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) July 24, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, 10:10 p.m. EDT
On the second day of Big Ten media days, Meyer confirmed that Roby will likely face a suspension:
Urban Meyer said some sort of suspension for Bradley Roby is likely.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 25, 2013
Ohio State's first three games are vs. Buffalo, vs. San Diego State and at California.
--End of Update--
This, of course, comes on the heels of running back Carlos Hyde's spate of legal problems, stemming from the investigation of an assault against a woman. Reports first surfaced that Hyde had been dismissed from the team; then they changed to an indefinite suspension; and now, in the light of potentially exonerating video surveillance (via Yahoo!), Hyde's future is beginning to look more rosy.
Tight end Marcus Baugh and defensive lineman Tim Gardner also had tiffs with the law last week, drawing the ire of Meyer and earning disciplinary action from the team. But both of those players are freshmen and neither was expected to contribute much in 2013.
Which helps explain Meyer's principal disappointment in Roby. The senior cornerback is among the best players in college football and was named to preseason watch lists for the Thorpe Award, the Bednarik Award, the Walter Camp Award and the Nagurski Trophy.
But he was arrested during the Buckeyes' bad behavior spree last week and taken in on charges of misdemeanor battery. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Bloomington Police said Roby "attempted to start a fight with another patron. He was removed from the bar by the bar staff."
Meyer had previously entrusted Roby with the honor of attending Big Ten media days, but in the wake of his transgression, the coach told him to stay home. He brought senior safety Christian Bryant, another valuable member of the Buckeyes secondary, in Roby's stead.
It should be interesting to see how Roby works his way out of the doghouse.