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A visibly frustrated K’Vaughan Pope caught viewers’ attention during Ohio State’s matchup against Akron on Saturday when he quit on his team mid game.
The senior linebacker was seen throwing a tirade on the Buckeyes’ sideline due to a lack of involvement in the defensive game plan. According to Austin Ward of Letterman Row, Pope was slated to enter the game, operating mostly as a backup in his fourth year, and was waved off by fellow linebacker Teradja Mitchell … which ticked off Pope.
Ward tweeted, “He has now been told to leave the Ohio State sideline and C.J. Barnett is taking him to the locker room. This is absolutely wild.”
Once Ohio State head coach Ryan Day caught the grumbling Buckeye throwing a fit, he called for Pope to be escorted back to the locker room — ending his night and potentially his career at Ohio State.
Pope seemingly confirmed his ousting from Ohio State after deliberately calling out the program with a profanity-laced tweet intended as retribution. “f*** ohio state,” tweeted Pope.
Pope tried to cover up his online outburst by deleting the tweet, then following up with a separate post cheering on his fellow Buckeyes players … whom he left hanging.
The Buckeyes are up 52-7 in the fourth quarter — on cruise control to victory. Pope played 34 games as a Buckeye, including Saturday’s contest.
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