Meyer outlines discipline for 2 Buckeyes

June, 20, 2012
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The cases are closed in municipal court.

But fines and court costs apparently don't send a strong enough message for Urban Meyer's liking.

Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner and left tackle Jack Mewhort both settled their charges of disorderly conduct stemming from a late-night incident near Muirfield Village Golf Club during the Memorial Tournament earlier this month, pleading guilty to reduced charges last week and being made to pay a total of $299. But that wasn't enough to satisfy Meyer.

So not only did the Buckeyes coach strip the veterans of their scholarships for the summer and ban them from working out with teammates, but he also made sure that discipline wasn't a secret.
“I thought whenever you embarrass the team in public like they did, then I’m going to let the public know what we did,” Meyer told The Columbus Dispatch in a story published Wednesday. "I was crushed.

"Then when I learned more about what happened, and the fact I know the kids, and that it’s the first time anything has ever been said negative about them, and that they get great grades and are war horses — but mistakes were made, and that was a stupid mistake.”

Both of them will have the chance to learn from it and return to the Buckeyes in the fall, though there are stipulations they must meet in order to earn reinstatement.

But that part of the punishment for two players at the top of Meyer's depth chart won't be public knowledge.
“It’s between us, but it’s a series of about a dozen things that need to be done, and I have all the confidence in the world they will get them done,” Meyer told the Dispatch. “They are on strict probation, and there are curfews and a variety of other things they must adhere to, and if they slip up, they are going to miss playing time.”

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

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