*UPDATE* Carlos Hyde dismissed from Ohio State after allegedly punching girl

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

After word broke early Monday morning that Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde had allegedly punched a girl, the timeline of events unfolded quickly for both player and program. As details surfaced, it became apparent that there was no way Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer was going to be able to let Hyde off easy.

Meyer did not as The Columbus Dispatch has reported that Hyde is no longer a member of the Ohio State football team.

Even though he got all the publicity, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller did not do everything himself in leading the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in Meyer’s first year at the helm. He had help, and plenty of it, out of the backfield from Hyde.

After collecting 970 yards and a whopping 16 rushing touchdowns as a junior, Hyde was expected to become the very first running back Meyer has ever had to break the 1,000-yard barrier. He has had quarterbacks do it (Tim Tebow, Miller) but never a running back.

But if one is going to do it in Columbus, it is not going to be Hyde.

After redshirting his freshman season, Hyde’s options in terms of transferring and playing this fall (games are only a month or so away) are severely limited. The running back’s future is very much up in the air. He could do what Tyrann Mathieu did after being kicked off the LSU team and simply work out privately, getting ready for next year’s draft.

At 6-foot and 242 pounds, 247Sports projects Hyde as a mid-round 2014 NFL Draft prospect. Of course, that was with a senior season under the Doak Walker Award preseason watch lister’s belt.

As for the Buckeyes, Rod Smith is the most experienced ballcarrier on the roster. As a sophomore in 2012, the 6-foot-3, 228-pound Smith rushed for 215 yards on 32 carries (6.72 yards per carry) in nine games. Bri’onte Dunn compiled 133 yards on 25 carries (5.32) as a freshman. Both collected two scores.

There is also true freshman Ezekiel Elliott. At 6-foot and 205 pounds, the St. Louis native was running a 4.4-second 40-yard dash while still in high school. He was ranked as the No. 109-overall recruit for 2013 in the entire nation by ESPN. While he was not supposed to play in more than a reserve role in his first year on campus, his situation may have just changed.

The entire team dynamic has just changed, for that matter.

Meyer now has the opportunity to prove he is the type of disciplinarian that can run a tight, clean ship – something he failed to do while at Florida. It began with Hyde’s dismissal.

Will Meyer’s decision result in the type of win totals he, his teams and his fans have all grown accustomed to? Of course, we won’t know the answer to that question until December and potentially January.

In the meantime, he’ll be spending the rest of July and August getting the guys who were supposed to be Hyde’s backups ready for Week 1.

*UPDATE* 3:55 p.m. – Hyde has NOT been dismissed.

More than one-third of Meyer’s 2008 Florida team has been arrested