Since last Monday, Ohio State starting running back Carlos Hyde and tight end Marcus Baugh have been suspended, offensive lineman Tim Gardner has been kicked off the team and the Buckeyes are still trying to figure out what to do with star cornerback Bradley Roby.
Hyde has been suspended for at least the first three games of the season after being named as a person of interest in the investigation of an assault of a woman at a bar in Columbus, Ohio, according to Rusty Miller of the Associated Press.
Baugh has been suspended for the first game of the season after being arrested on charges of underage possession of alcohol and possessing fake identification, according to Matt Fortuna of ESPN.com.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is still deciding what to do with Roby after the defensive back reportedly was charged with misdemeanor battery on July 21 for allegedly hitting a bouncer in the chest during a bar fight, per Dan Parr of NFL.com.
Meyer said of Roby at the Big Ten media days, via the NFL.com report: "I think there will be discipline involved. I imagine there will be a suspension involved. He'll be on a very short leash."
The biggest losses would be Roby and Hyde.
Roby is largely considered to be the best NFL prospect on Ohio State. He posted 62 tackles, two interceptions (including one for a 49-yard touchdown), 17 pass deflections and a sack as a sophomore last season with the Buckeyes.
Hyde was the second-leading rusher behind dual-threat quarterback Braxton Miller last season as a junior, scampering for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns on 5.2 yards per carry. He also caught a 14-yard touchdown against Indiana on Oct. 13.
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The best thing Ohio State can do at this point is move forward. The team still has talent all over the field, even if Roby and Hyde are forced to miss some time. It's unfortunate for the Buckeyes that all of this had to happen with about a month to go before their season opener on Aug. 31 against Buffalo, but it is what it is. Stewing on it isn't going to do anyone any good.
Distractions such as these are unfortunately something that many programs across the nation have to deal with year in and year out. When you are dealing with young college kids, unpredictable things can happen. It is the programs that put it behind them and move forward as if they are still a force to be reckoned with that have the best chances of succeeding.