- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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BRISTOL, Conn. -- Ohio State's preseason camp kicks off Sunday. Perhaps then, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer can finally talk about football.
Meyer has spent most of the past two weeks -- a p.r. blitz featuring Big Ten media days in Chicago and Wednesday's Big Ten "Car Wash" on the ESPN campus -- talking about conduct issues after two high-profile Buckeyes (running back Carlos Hyde and cornerback Bradley Roby) were involved in incidents on the same weekend.
Hyde once again was a popular topic Wednesday, the day after Meyer announced the junior running back would be suspended at least three games for his role in an incident at a Columbus nightclub. Although Hyde isn't being charged with any crime at this time, he "didn't walk away" from the scene, which led to the punishment. Roby, an All-Big Ten cornerback, could face additional discipline stemming from his July 21 arrest on misdemeanor battery charges following an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar.
"There's conflicting stories out there," Meyer told ESPN.com. "We're just waiting to get the facts."
Meyer isn't talking only to media members about the off-field problems. He held a team meeting the Monday after the weekend in question, and has urged players to stay out of trouble as the season approaches.
"The message has been sent," Meyer said. "It's been sent pretty powerfully. We've had a couple conversations. You have 12 months of nothing and then one week of nonsense, especially three days before [Big Ten] media day. It's like, what in the world?"
Meyer said earlier Wednesday that while Hyde isn't in hot water legally, he had to take action because it was a domestic issue. He added that high-profile college football players must live with stricter consequences when they make mistakes.
The coach also will be relying more on Ohio State's team leaders to keep players in line. After being less than pleased with the team leadership in the winter, Meyer selected 19 players to be part of a leadership class taught by pastor Tim Kight and his son.
"We have a very difficult offseason, and you get exposed," Meyer said. "If you don't have leaders, it shows up. I think we addressed it, hit it at the right time."
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