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Urban Meyer has yet to set foot in Ohio Stadium when it will actually mean something, and depending on who you talk to, he won't even do that this fall. The tarnished program that Meyer inherited will not be going to a bowl game this year, while this offseason, the program under the microscope has done very little to stay out of trouble.
The latest offender hits Southeast Ohio a little too close to home.
As the blog Eleven Warriors first reported last night, Buckeye senior linebacker and Licking Valley graduate Storm Klein is facing charges of assult and domestic violence, both misdemeanors, stemming from an incident occuring on July Sixth at an apartment on Moblie Drive in Columbus. The alleged incident the outcome of a discussion on the status of a relationship between Klein and the victim. Klein was released on his own recognizance this morning, with bail stipulations. Urban Meyer has reacted to the situation by dismissing Storm from the football team, effective immediately.
Meyer in a press release saying, "The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State football program. It has been made very clear that this type of charge will result in dismissal." Meyer adding that if the charges against Klein change, he could potentially be evaluated for reinstatement. This is now the third Buckeye Coach Meyer has released from scholarship. Cornerbacks Dominic Clarke (drunk driving) and DerJuan Gambrell (violation of team rules) were also dismissed eariler this year.
In three seasons with Ohio State, Klein played in 37 games, amassing 73 tackles (40 solo, 37 assisted) 2 Interceptions, and a sack. Klein was listed as the backup middle linebacker on the latest depth chart.