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Source: Club video shows Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde didn't strike alleged victim

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Surveillance footage from a Columbus nightclub appears to clear Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde of an alleged assault, a source familiar with the investigation told Yahoo! Sports.

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Carlos Hyde rushed for 970 yards with 16 touchdowns last season. (AP)

Charges are not expected to be filed against Hyde after video from Sugar Bar 2 shows he didn't appear to make contact with an alleged victim who claimed to have been assaulted early Saturday morning, a source who spoke to Yahoo! Sports on the condition of anonymity said. The source said video shows Hyde speaking in the direction of the alleged victim just prior to her punching him in the head. The video then shows Hyde leaving the area and reaching back in the woman's direction in a non-confrontational manner, the source said. From the video, it doesn't appear Hyde ever made contact with the woman – either before or after she struck him, the source said.

The Columbus Police Department declined comment on the continuing investigation. A call to a proprietor of Sugar Bar 2 was not returned.

The alleged victim filed a police report Saturday, claiming she had been assaulted by an unknown man she believed she could identify by sight. Hyde was not named in the report or arrested, but was later named a "person of interest" as police investigated.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer suspended Hyde indefinitely on Monday, pending the outcome of the investigation. Meyer has also been dealing with the issues of All-Big Ten cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested on Sunday after allegedly refusing to leave a bar in Bloomington, Indiana.

"I have a clear set of core values in place that members of this football program are constantly reminded of and are expected to honor," Meyer said Monday in a statement released by Ohio State. "There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions."

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