COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two Ohio State football players have been charged with disorderly conduct following a fight last weekend outside a dorm near Ohio Stadium.
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes play at No. 5 Michigan on Saturday to
determine the Big Ten champion. A win could give Ohio State a
chance to defend its national title in the Sugar Bowl.
Athletic director Andy Geiger said coach Jim Tressel had not
informed him what team penalties the players could face, or whether
they would make the trip to Ann Arbor for the game.
Tressel could not be reached for comment.
"There will be some discipline by the coach, but we won't get
into what it is," Ohio State sports information director Steve
Snapp said Thursday night.
Tressel was asked Tuesday whether the importance of the Michigan
game would influence his decision on possible sanctions.
"I would hope not," Tressel said.
The university said five women also were charged with disorderly
Holmes and Smith were charged two days after Geiger said the
investigation into the fight had ended and no charges would be
"The facts changed and the outcome changed," Geiger said
Thursday. "They learned more about it and what they told me
A campus police report said four female students were assaulted
about 4 a.m. Sunday, and a window of one woman's car was broken.
The women had minor injuries, the report said.
Walter Madison, an Akron attorney who said he represents two of
the third-year female students, said one sustained a broken wrist
and another was choked until she lost consciousness.
"The athletic director has declared the investigation over and
dubbed their (the players') behavior as if they were acting in some
heroic capacity," Madison said. "Well, the injuries don't suggest
Tressel said the players had tried to break up a fight.
"The part that I can address is that we had some guys out much
later than they should be and that we'll need to take care of
things in-house to handle that," Tressel said.
Madison said he didn't think Ohio State would rush to reach a
decision on discipline.
"I don't anticipate them to be in much of a hurry," he said.
"However, their lack of forthrightness may be indicative or
coincidental with the largest game of the year."
Holmes became a starter midway through the season after senior
Drew Carter injured his knee.
The redshirt freshman has 22 catches for 391 yards and three
touchdowns, and has been one of the most productive Buckeyes on
offense in the past few games.
Smith, also a redshirt freshman, has returned five kickoffs for
83 yards and has carried three times for 14 yards. He is listed as
a backup quarterback.