Two Ohio State football team starters have been removed from scholarship for summer quarter after their recent arrests.
Tight end Jake Stoneburner and left tackle Jack Mewhort, expected to be two offensive leaders this season given their status as returning starters and veterans, were arrested the morning of June 2 after being spotted by police urinating on a building near a bar in Shawnee Hills that is popular around the time of the annual Memorial Tournament golf event. Police also alleged the two, along with a third person not associated with the football team, ran when confronted by the authorities.
The two were suspended from team activities two days later, but head coach Urban Meyer announced late last night that the two will not receive their scholarship monies for summer quarter classes. The players are enrolled in classes – which begin Monday – and will pay their own way, BuckeyeSports.com has confirmed.
They also are not allowed to work out with teammates during the summer, though they can use team facilities on their own. Stoneburner, a fifth-year senior, and Mewhort, a fourth-year junior, will have the opportunity to return to the team and their scholarships after the term concludes.
“We are disappointed with the decisions made recently by two of our football players,” Meyer said in a release send out by Ohio State after 11 p.m. “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.”
According to Delaware Municipal Court records, the cases against the two players are closed and they must each pay $299. They originally pleaded not guilty to the original charges of obstructing official business but have now changed their pleas to guilty of a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.