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Hyde Suspended for 3 Games; Meyer Defends Decision

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- An altercation with a female at a Downtown bar will not result in criminal charges for OSU running back Carlos Hyde, but it will cause him to miss the first quarter of the Buckeyes' upcoming season.

University officials announced Tuesday that Hyde has been suspended from the team's first three games of the 2013 season.

The announcement came hours after a young woman declined to pursue charges against Hyde in connection with an alleged assault at Sugar Bar 2 on July 20. Columbus police have closed their investigation into the incident.

Hyde was investigated as a person of interest in the case, prompting OSU head coach Urban Meyer to indefinitely suspend the senior from all team-related activities.

That suspension has now been tentatively set at three games, though that number could rise, according to Meyer.

"Carlos Hyde will be suspended for at least the first three games of the 2013 season for conduct not representative of this football program or this university," Meyer said. "He will be required to fulfill additional obligations before he's allowed to play in a game."

Meyer believes the suspension will emphasize his stance that high profile athletes are held to a different behavioral standard than their fellow OSU students.

"I think it is the right decision," Meyer told ESPN on Wednesday. "We sent a message to our team."

Hours after announcing the closure of the investigation Tuesday, police released surveillance footage of the altercation at Sugar Bar 2, which appears to show Hyde retaliating after a woman's attempt to strike him.

Hyde is considered to be among the top running backs in the nation entering the 2013 season, after rushing for 970 yards and scoring 17 total touchdowns during Meyer's first year at the helm of the OSU program.

Hyde's suspension is not expected to present a major obstacle for the Buckeyes' running game in 2013, with senior Jordan Hall, junior Rod Smith, and sophomore Bri'onte Dunn among the talented players ready to increase their workloads in the team's backfield.

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