RB Carlos Hyde faced dismissal

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says had running back Carlos Hyde been charged as a result of an assault investigation that was closed Tuesday, the top running back for the Buckeyes would have been dismissed from the team.

As it was, Hyde has been suspended for the first three games of the season.

"Our players are taught to walk away. [Hyde's] punishment was because he didn't walk away," Meyer said Wednesday during a visit to ESPN's main campus as part of a Big Ten coaches media trip.

Meyer said the Buckeyes have had too many off-the-field issues this offseason and that they had a role in the severity of Hyde's punishment. Meyer said it would also play a role in deciding other player discipline should the need arise.

"We expect certain behavior or you will not play," Meyer said.

Meyer's ruling on Hyde, which will sideline him against Buffalo, San Diego State and California, came hours after Columbus police closed an assault investigation.

Police said the alleged victim chose not to pursue charges against Hyde, the Buckeyes' leading scorer and second-leading rusher a year ago.

Hyde originally was suspended from all team activities in the wake of the incident, which was alleged to have occurred July 20 at a downtown bar.

Hyde, a 6-foot-2, 242-pound senior from Naples, Fla., scored 17 touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record last fall. He gained 970 yards on 185 carries, coming within 30 yards of becoming the first running back in Meyer's coaching career to reach 1,000 yards in a season.

Information from ESPN's Joe Schad and Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com's Austin Ward and The Associated Press was used in this report.