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Gardner, from Indianapolis, was sent home and will not be a part of the 2013 team after he was charged Saturday night by Columbus police with obstruction of official business.

It was not immediately known if he was linked to Hyde’s arrest or that was yet another incident.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith praised Meyer’s actions.

“Swift, effective and fair discipline is the standard for our entire athletics program,” Smith said in the statement. “I applaud Coach Meyer for his immediate actions.”

Meyer has been forced to defend his judgment after former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who played for Meyer at Florida, was arrested and charged with murder.

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