Ohio State has made headlines this season for wanting beatable by means of its first three video games.
The Buckeyes (3-1) simply dispatched Akron 59-7 in Week 4, however additionally they made extra headlines, this time for an additional purpose. Linebacker Ok’Vaughan Pope appeared to give up the staff mid-game after trying to enter as an alternative, solely to get waved off.
In accordance with Austin Ward of Lettermen Row, Pope bought into a number of heated discussions on the sideline and finally caught the eye of coach Ryan Day earlier than being escorted to the locker room.
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Pope fired off two tweets in the course of the sport after he left the sphere. Considered one of them, which has since been deleted, learn “F— Ohio State.”
The opposite tweet was supportive of his teammates.
Day did not develop on the state of affairs or Pope’s standing with the staff postgame, however he did say he was conscious of the incident and Pope’s tweets.
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“Somebody simply instructed me that there have been some tweets, however I will get the small print of every thing that occurred earlier than I say something there,” Day mentioned.
Vaughan appeared to put up a number of occasions on social media in the course of the offseason that he was displeased along with his position within the Buckeyes’ protection.
The staff misplaced one other linebacker, Dallas Gant, to the switch portal earlier this week.
Pope, a senior, got here to Ohio State as a four-star prospect. He has appeared in 33 video games for the Buckeyes, enjoying totally on particular groups and as a backup within the linebacker rotation.
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Day did not touch upon the specifics of Pope’s exit from the sphere however mentioned it was an remoted incident occasion.
“What it truly is, is simply quite a lot of guys, they wish to play, and you may’t play everyone after which their frustration kicks in,” Day mentioned. “I do not actually wish to remark an excessive amount of on that exact state of affairs, however I actually suppose it’s totally remoted.”
Day additionally provided delicate criticism of gamers who do not wish to stick with a program if they are not enjoying commonly.
“In right this moment’s day and age, guys can depart after 4 video games as a result of they will redshirt, after which in the event that they wish to go into the [transfer] portal, that is their prerogative. I’ve a tough time with that as a result of I believe while you make a dedication to a staff at the start of the yr, you make a dedication to Ohio State, to the Buckeyes — that is what you do,” he mentioned.
“One of many arduous issues is that you understand you must play sure guys, and you must make some selections on who’s enjoying in these video games, and you actually matter on the blokes to nonetheless be nice teammates if they are not getting on the sphere,” he added.