Ohio State Releases Linebacker K’Vaughan Pope Who Quit Mid-Game

by Samantha Whidden
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Following Ohio State senior linebacker, K’Vaughan Pope, walking off the Ohio Stadium’s field during the Big 10 team’s game against the University of Akron Zips on Saturday (September 25th), the University has officially released the football player.  

Following his departure from the football field, the Ohio State player took to Twitter to wish his teammates good luck the rest of the game. He allegedly wrote and then deleted a tweet about the University as well.

According to Fox 8 News, Ohio State’s head coach, Ryan Day, issued a statement about the situation. “Senior linebacker K’Vaughan Pope has been dismissed from the Ohio State football team. K’Vaughan will continue to have the use of programs that benefit our student-athletes, such as our Student-Athlete Support Service Officer. And we will support him with his progress toward graduation. He will remain on scholarship through the duration of this semester.”

Along with Day’s statement, the now-former Ohio State player took to Twitter and spoke out about his actions during the game. “Last night I let my emotions get the best of me. For that, I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches, and Buckeye Nation. I made a mistake and know that I need to be better and do better. I’m going to take this time to reflect and work on my mental well-being.”

Despite the situation, Ohio State went on to beat Akron 59-7, signaling that football season is officially underway for the Big Ten team. The Buckeyes are going to take on Rutgers next Saturday (October 2nd).

Ohio State Fans Share Support For K’Vaughan Pope After Football Team Dismissal

Following K’Vaughan Pope tweeted his thoughts about Ohio State’s decision to remove him from the football team, the school’s fans shared support for the former college football player.

One fan said everyone has made mistakes. They then said that today is the first day of the rest of the football player’s life. This is also a chance for him to do be better. 

Ohio State’s Ryan Day Speaks Out About the Team’s Performance Against Akron 

Meanwhile, Ohio State’s head coach Ryan Day spoke to reporters following the University of Akron about the excitement in Ohio Stadium. He said he thinks the crowd of 95,000 is actually fun. “You could tell they were having fun out there. And I really appreciate everyone’s support there.”

The Ohio State head coach said that in general, the team did well and had some good things. In regards to the quarterbacks’ performances, the Ohio State coach added that Kyle McCord does a really good job of preparing for the plays. Meanwhile, Jack Miller came in and had some “poise” on the field. “I thought he did some positive things. We’ll look at it. I don’t think I’m going to make any hard decisions here. But it’s all part of the puzzle.”

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