COLUMBUS, Ohio - The university has announced the dismissal from the football team for senior linebacker Storm Klein after a Friday arrest and charges of domestic violence and assault.
Ohio State announced this move in a Saturday evening press release, a release that included a quote from head coach Urban Meyer who did not close the door on Klein's chances of returning to the team if the Newark (Ohio) native's status changes in a legal sense.
"The charges filed against Storm Klein violate the core values of the Ohio State Football Program," Meyer said in a university provided press release. "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."
The three year letterman pleaded not guilty on Saturday morning in Franklin County Municipal Court. Klein was released from police custody and bond was set as release on recognizance. Klein has been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim as a condition of his release. A restraining order has also been reportedly issued as well.
Klein started ten games last season at the middle linebacker position and during his Ohio State career had played in 38 games. He was limited during spring practice with some injury concerns and was passed up on the depth chart by Curtis Grant at the MLB position.
This now makes a total of three starters from the 2011 season that have run afoul of the law after starting tight end Jake Stoneburner and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort were both removed from scholarship after pleading down to disorderly conduct from an initial charge of obstructing official business. The pair were charged after reportedly feeling from the police after being spotted urinating in public.