Plea deal for Buckeye duo, but scholarships stripped… for now

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Suspended shortly after an incident of tandem peeing & fleeing, Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort have seen their legal situation come to a conclusion.

Their issues with the program, however, will continue at least through the summer.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Stoneburner and Mewhort reached a plea agreement Friday and pleaded guilty to one charge each of disorderly conduct.  The players had originally been charged with obstructing official business.

Each player will pay $299 in fines and court costs.

The charges for Stoneburner and Mewhort, along with another male not connected to the football program, stemmed from an incident earlier this month:

Police told 10TV News that two officers saw the three men who they believed were urinating between buildings. The officers attempted to talk with them but they ran away.

Two of them were captured while they were crouched in between vehicles, police said. The third person was found hiding in nearby woods after officers threatened to use a police dog.

Two days after their arrests, the players were suspended indefinitely by first-year OSU head coach Urban Meyer.  Additionally, Meyer confirmed to the Plain Dealer in a statement late last night that the players “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.”

In other words, the players will be forced to pay their own way through school at least through the summer.  While they will be permitted to workout at the team’s facilities, neither will be allowed to do so with other teammates while under suspension.

Meyer added that “[t]hey will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session.”

As a redshirt junior last season, Stoneburner led the Buckeyes in receiving touchdowns with seven, including three in a season-opening win over Akron.  He also finished third on the team in receptions (14) and receiving yards (193).