Ohio State’s K’Vaughan Pope seems to give up staff in center of recreation, then curses program on Twitter

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Ohio State has made headlines this season for trying beatable by means of its first three video games.

The Buckeyes (3-1) simply dispatched Akron 59-7 in Week 4, however in addition they made extra headlines, this time for an additional motive. Linebacker K’Vaughan Pope appeared to give up the staff mid-game after trying to enter as an alternative, solely to get waved off.

Pope tried to expire on the sphere in a sub package deal. Teradja Mitchell waved him off, and Pope stormed down the sideline, began strolling to the tunnel after which needed to be coaxed again by an Ohio State staffer. He tossed his gloves into the stands and took off his jersey.

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According to Austin Ward of Lettermen Row, Pope bought into a number of heated discussions on the sideline and ultimately caught the eye of coach Ryan Day earlier than being escorted to the locker room.

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Pope fired off two tweets throughout the recreation after he left the sphere. One of them, which has since been deleted, learn “F— Ohio State.”

The different tweet was supportive of his teammates.

Day did not broaden 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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“Someone simply informed me that there have been some tweets, however I’m going to get the main points of every part that occurred earlier than I say something there,” Day stated.

Vaughan appeared to publish a number of occasions on social media throughout the offseason that he was displeased together 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 stated it was an remoted incident occasion.

“What it truly is, is simply plenty of guys, they need to play, and you’ll’t play all people after which their frustration kicks in,” Day stated. “I do not actually need to remark an excessive amount of on that specific state of affairs, however I actually suppose it’s extremely remoted.”

Day additionally supplied delicate criticism of gamers who do not need to stick with a program if they don’t seem to be enjoying frequently.

“In at the 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 need to go into the [transfer] portal, that is their prerogative. I’ve a tough time with that as a result of I believe once you make a dedication to a staff firstly of the 12 months, you make a dedication to Ohio State, to the Buckeyes — that is what you do,” he stated.

“One of the laborious issues is that 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 don’t seem to be getting on the sphere,” he added.

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