Is there any functional and material difference between indefinitely suspending them from all football related activities or immediately kicking them off the team at this point (i.e. in February)?
I’ve seen some posts saying they should be off the team now, and I agree that, if true, the behavior is horrific and should be punished with jail time. Some of those same posts seem to be unhappy with the suspension that has been publicized at this point. However, I’m also aware that the first set of “facts” has not always been found to be completely correct (Duke lacrosse as an example, where charges were initially brought then dropped).
If there’s no real difference at this time between the indefinite suspension and kicking them off the team, that’s important in judging Ohio State’s reaction at this point. If there is a significant difference between the two, I’d like to know what it is so that I can understand better. For instance, if it makes a difference in their scholarship status, access to university resources, etc., I’d be interested to hear any of those differences as I evaluate the level of Ohio State’s response.
Remember also that Ohio State may have a different process for handling student situations which may differ from the criminal courts (see T. Gibson, if I recall correctly). I was a student long ago, and don’t know what procedures the university has to take given their own internal policies.