Ohio State sophomore cornerback Najee Murray will not be kicked off the team after all. Instead, he will be suspended indefinitely to begin the upcoming season.
Sources told Eleven Warriors during the weekend that Murray had been dismissed from the team for violating team rules. However, head coach Urban Meyer cleared up the report on Sunday by saying the defender will be suspended for "a training camp issue," according to Eric Seger of The Lantern.
Murray played in six games last season as a freshman, and most of that playing time came on special teams. He finished the season with three tackles and was expected to play a similar role this year with the Buckeyes looking to improve in that area.
Last season, they ranked sixth in the Big Ten in kickoff coverage and fifth in punt return coverage.
This off-the-field incident is another addition to an offseason that has brought a lot of negative attention to Ohio State.
Recently, running back Carlos Hyde was suspended for the first three games after an arrest during an incident at a downtown bar. The assault charges have been dropped after the alleged victim chose not to press charges, according to USA Today.
Star cornerback Bradley Roby was also arrested during the offseason and is facing "preliminary charges" of battery resulting in bodily injury, per CBSSports.com. Freshman tight end Marcus Baugh was arrested for underage possession and consumption of alcohol in addition to displaying fake identification, according to 10TV.com.
Meyer hasn't had the best reputation over the years when it comes to limiting offseason distractions. It's estimated that five players a year were arrested on his watch when he coached Florida. It's clear that Meyer is instilling a stricter policy at Ohio State and will suspend players who step out of line.
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