Friday, July 6, 2012
Updated: July 7, 12:30 PM ET
Storm Klein arraigned on charges
By Austin Ward
The recent rough patch Ohio State has dealt with in the offseason doesn't appear to be over yet.
Senior Storm Klein was arraigned Saturday morning on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and assault.
Klein entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. A temporary protection order was issued for him which keeps him away from the unnamed complainant, bars him from using drugs or alcohol and prevents him from possessing a firearm as a condition of his bond.
An Ohio State official said the school was gathering details about the incident involving Klein, who left spring practice as the backup at middle linebacker.
"We are aware, obviously, of the situation," a school spokesman said in a statement. "We are in the process of gathering more information. At this point we won't have further comment until after we know and understand all the details."
Outside of the courtroom, Klein is likely to face additional punishment from Urban Meyer at some point soon based on precedent the new coach has already set.
The program has dealt with a couple other issues with his two-deep since it was released in May, including the recent arrests of starting tight end Jake Stoneburner and offensive tackle Jack Mewhort after an incident stemming from public urination in early June. Meyer acted swiftly and decisively in that case, suspending both players indefinitely before ultimately removing their scholarships for the duration of the summer and setting requirements that must be met before reinstatement.
The off-the-field struggles continued later in the month, though the injury to running back Jordan Hall was an accident and did not involve a legal matter of any kind. The projected starter in the backfield cut a tendon in his foot while walking in a yard without shoes, and he is expected to miss 10 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the damage.
Now the attention has shifted to Klein, who started 10 games for the Buckeyes last season and posted 45 tackles while also chipping in an interception, a sack, a forced fumble and a recovery. But he wasn't able to hold on to a first-team role after the first camp under Meyer, losing his spot to Curtis Grant on a depth chart that continues to be subject to change even in the summer.