Ohio State has made headlines this season for looking beaten in its first three games.
The Buckeyes (3-1) easily dispatched Akron 59-7 in Week 4, but they also made more headlines, this time for another reason. Linebacker K’Vaughan Pope appeared to leave the team in the middle of the game after trying to enter as a substitute, only to be fired.
Pope tried to run out into the field in a sub-pack. Teradja Mitchell fired him, and Pope hurtled down the sideline, started walking into the tunnel, and then had to be coaxed by an Ohio State staff member. He threw his gloves into the stands and removed his jersey.
– Austin Ward (@AWardSports) September 26, 2021
According to Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward, Pope had multiple heated arguments on the bench and finally caught the attention of coach Ryan Day before being escorted to the locker room.
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Pope released two tweets during the game after leaving the field. One of them, which has since been removed, read “F— State of Ohio”.
The other tweet supported his teammates.
Day did not elaborate on Pope’s situation or status with the team after the game, but said he was aware of the incident and Pope’s tweets.
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“Someone just told me there were some tweets, but I’m going to get the details of everything that happened before I say anything there,” Day said.
Vaughan appeared to post multiple times on social media during the offseason that he was disgusted with his role defending the Buckeyes.
The team lost another linebacker, Dallas Gant, to the transfer portal earlier this week.
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Pope, a senior, came to Ohio State as a four-star prospect. He has appeared in 33 games for the Buckeyes, playing primarily on special teams and as a backup in the linebacker rotation.
Day did not comment on the details of Pope’s departure from the field, but said it was an isolated incident.
“What it really is, is that a lot of guys want to play, and you can’t play with all of them and then their frustration sets in,” Day said. “I really don’t want to comment too much on that particular situation, but I certainly think it’s very isolated.”
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Day also offered mild criticism to players who don’t want to stick with a show if they don’t play regularly.
“In today’s age, guys can leave after four games because they can wear the red jersey, and then if they want to go to the [transfer] portal, that’s your prerogative. It’s hard for me to do that because I think when you commit to a team at the beginning of the year, you commit to Ohio State, to the Buckeyes, that’s what you do, “he said.
“One of the difficult things is that you know you have to play with certain guys, and you have to make some decisions about who’s playing in those games, and you really count on the guys still being great teammates if they don’t get along.” . the field, “he added.