IU freshman receiver faces battery charge

IU coach Kevin Wilson said the university has begun a fact-gathering process and then will determine the proper course of action.

Indiana freshman wide receiver Ty Smith, son of IU baseball coach Tracy Smith, is one of three persons charged with battery after his alleged involvement in a fight July 29 that resulted in facial fractures and stitches for the victim.

According to a report in the Indiana Daily Student today, Smith, 19, turned himself in Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Monroe County Jail. He posted bail and was released a little more than two hours later.

"He's not with us right now but rather with his family,'' said IU coach Kevin Wilson. "All I know is what we've read. We want to give him some time to get everything cleared out and see what it is. Once legally we know what it is, and how serious or not serious it is moving forward.. Right now he wasn't with us today and we'll take a few days and see how everything fits and get our info with him. And then we'll move forward and see how it works out.''

Wilson confirmed that even though the incident took place in late July, a week before Indiana opened training camp, Thursday was the first the IU staff had heard about it.

Smith was allegedly involved in an incident July 29 along with two of John Mellencamp's sons, Hud , 18, and Speck, 19.

According to a report Thursday in the Indiana Daily Student, the alleged altercation occurred when the three suspects climbed the stairs of the victim's home in the 1400 block of North Lincoln Street. The victim asked if he could help them, at which point they reportedly started to kick and punch him.

The victim, according to the story, suffered facial fractures, cuts requiring stitches and was referred to a plastic surgeon due to his injuries.

Attempts to reach Smith through his father Friday were unsuccessful.

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