Meyer Yanks Scholarships from Stoneburner, Mewhort for Summer
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It may not mean much in the long run, but Urban Meyer is sending a message to his players who get in trouble with the law.
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Ohio State announced Friday evening that Meyer has revoked the scholarships of Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort for the summer semester after the two players entered guilty pleas on charges of disorderly conduct in the Delaware Municipal Court.
Stoneburner and Mewhort, two of the veteran leaders on Meyer’s first OSU football team, will be in classes this summer. They will have to pay their own way until they are reinstated to the team, and their scholarships.
They will have an opportunity to return to the team in the fall if they meet the stipulations set forth by their head coach, but clearly Meyer was not pleased with the actions of his players.
“We are disappointed with the decisions made recently by two of our football players,” Meyer said in a statement released Friday evening.
“Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort will each be removed from athletic scholarship beginning with the summer term, and they will continue to be suspended from team activities until stipulations are successfully met. They will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session.”
Photo by Jim Davidson
What exactly those stipulations will be is between Meyer and his two players, says Ohio State, but they will remain suspended from all football activities until then. That doesn’t include working out at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — Ohio State’s on-campus football facility — but they will not be permitted to work with other members of the team.
That includes quarterback Braxton Miller, who had been working out with Stoneburner and a number of other receivers since the end of spring practice back in April.
“A lot of these routes we’ve never run before, so the more reps we get now, the better we will be in the fall,” Stoneburner said earlier this month.
“That’s why we’re out there working on that. We watch film together and we’ll be like let’s run this route on cover two. We rep that five times and then go to the next route against the same look.”
Miller will have to continue his summer workout regiment without the services of his senior tight end. Stoneburner had been moved to the receiver group in the spring to help provide veteran leadership for a group that does not have much.
It remains to be seen whether Meyer intends to reinstate the players for the start of fall camp in August, or whether he will force them to miss any game time this fall. The season opens Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) in Ohio Stadium.
It will be Meyer’s first game ever as the head football coach at Ohio State.
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