Buckeyes’ Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort have scholarships suspended

6/17/12 in NCAAF   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Ohio State athletics program has long been under criticism for a lack of strictness and holding players responsible for the repercussion of their actions. Hopefully, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyers’ recent punishment to two players who violated the law earlier this month will bring an end to this harsh approach.
 
Buckeyes’ senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and junior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort, who had been indefinitely suspended on June 4, had their punishment upgraded to being taken off athletic scholarships. Surely, Urban Meyers did not take humor to the June 2 incident when Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort evaded the Shawnee Hills Police in Delaware, Ohio after they were discovered urinating outside a pub. The Shawnee Hills Police initially charged Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort with obstruction to official business. However, Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort filled guilty pleas with the Delaware Municipal court which came up with a judgment on Friday, downgrading the two Buckeyes players’ charges from felony to a lesser misdemeanor of disorderly conduct. Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhorthave were fined $299 in for legal violations and court cost.
 
Urban Meyers addressed Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort’s short comings in a preplanned official statement on Friday.
 
"We are disappointed with the decisions made recently by two of our football players," expressed Urban Meyer. "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.
 
Following spring football, Jake Stoneburner had stated that he was anticipating working on passes with Buckeyes quarterback during the summers. It would have helped polish the skills of Buckeyes most important asset in the passing department.  However, Jake Stoneburner will have to dismiss any such plans as the defensive end and Jack Mewhort have been banned from entering the Woody Hayes Athletic Center or working out with their Buckeyes teammates.
 
Nonetheless, Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort will be allowed to register in summer school at their own expense and will have to work their way up to earn their scholarships and make it back on the Buckeyes roster.
 
"They will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session,” declared Urban Meyer.
 
The recent irresponsible behavior could cost Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort their shot at NFL as both are just 10 months short of grabbing attention for the NFL drafts. Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort must be feeling the pressure now that they have lost the sense of security rooting from the scholarships.
 
Having already considered the impact of the charges at a personal level, it should be kept in mind that the loss is a major blow to the Buckeyes’ prospects in the coming season. Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort were top starting prospects for the Buckeyes’ 2012 season. Jack Mewhort was technically leading the offense while Jake Stoneburner made a huge impact for the Buckeyes with 14 receptions for 193 yards and seven touchdowns. Jake Stoneburner’s absence will further hinder the Buckeyes offense’s progress as it is being gradually reshaped by Urban Meyer and newly appointed offensive coordinator Tom Herman.
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