Saturday, July 7, 2012
Buckeyes' dismissal of Klein no surprise
By Adam Rittenberg
After setting the tone last month with how he'd handle off-field player conduct issues, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had a clear decision on what to do with linebacker Storm Klein.
A day after police charged Klein with misdemeanor domestic violence and assault, Meyer dismissed the senior from the team Saturday night. Klein on Saturday morning pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment. He received a temporary protection order issued that keeps him away from the unnamed complainant, bars him from using drugs and alcohol and prevents him from possessing a firearm as a condition of his bond.
"The charges filed against Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State football program," Meyer said in a statement. "As a result, Storm has been removed from the team. It has been made very clear that this type of charge will result in dismissal. If there are any changes in the charges, we will re-evaluate his status."
After the way Meyer handled the Jake Stoneburner-Jack Mewhort situation, removing both senior offensive starters from their scholarships after their arrests on much more minor charges, Klein's dismissal comes as no surprise. Unless there's a change in Klein's case, don't expect him back in a Buckeyes uniform this fall.
While Klein had slipped to No. 2 on the depth chart at middle linebacker after spring practice, his departure could hurt a group that lacks much proven depth. Klein started 10 games last year and recorded 45 tackles.
Meyer, whose approach to player conduct issues came under heavy scrutiny during his time at Florida, has taken a hard-line approach early in his Ohio State tenure.