OSU dismissed Snead after sexual assault accusation
Former Ohio State running back Brian Snead was dismissed from the university late last year after an investigation for sexual assault.
Snead, 19, was found in violation of two student code of conduct charges of sexual misconduct, including non-consensual sexual intercourse, according to a copy of disciplinary records obtained by The Dispatch.
The university's conduct board reached its decision in November.
A university spokesman said in an email, "Ohio State does not tolerate sexual assault. The safety and well-being of our community is our first priority.”
Prior to the Buckeyes’ third game last season, a 40-28 victory over TCU in Arlington, Texas, Snead had been suspended for what then-coach Urban Meyer termed only as “disciplinary reasons.” A one-time four-star recruit from Florida, Snead never played again for the team and was reported to have transferred to Iowa Western Community College earlier this year.
According to university records, Snead’s suspension stemmed from an incident that occurred at the Worthington Building, a campus dormitory, on Sept. 11, 2018, four days before the Week 3 game against TCU.
A female student said she had “non-consensual sex" with Snead after a friend he had visited in her dorm room left the room. No additional details were given to police.
The incident was first reported anonymously to an undisclosed person in Ohio State's athletic department, according to a report from the university’s Department of Public Safety. It was not reported by the female student.
The person from the athletic department then relayed the allegation to Molly Peirano, an assistant compliance director and deputy Title IX coordinator, who reported it to university police on Sept. 13.
Snead never faced criminal charges. The female student declined to press charges and did not speak with police, according to the university spokesman.
Details surrounding Snead’s departure from Ohio State and the student conduct investigation had been unknown for months. The previous police report of the incident had left Snead’s name redacted until The Lantern student newspaper filed a complaint with the Ohio Court of Claims.
Ohio State has since released unredacted copies of the police report to media outlets, as well as other information surrounding Snead’s expulsion.
Snead spent only one season with the Buckeyes after he arrived as their top-ranked running back prospect in the 2018 recruiting class.
In two games, Snead rushed for 37 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. He made his college debut in the Buckeyes' 77-31 rout of Oregon State to open last season.
Dispatch reporter Jennifer Smola contributed to this story.