The new black stripe program implemented by Urban Meyer has received a lot of publicity this fall. First year players are required to wear a black stripe on their helmet and it is not removed until the coaching staff believes the player has earned the privelege to be a full-fledged Buckeye.
To date, eight players have had their stripe removed. The latest is a major surprise. Joe Burger, a walk-on linebacker from Cincinnati Lasalle had his stripe removed Tuesday. There are five true freshman scholarship linebackers on the OSU roster, but Burger got his stripe off before those five. Burger was a first-team Division I all-Ohio selection last fall. He had several scholarship offers from smaller Division I programs, but instead chose to walk-on at OSU. Don't be surprised to see him on the field at some point, at least on a special teams unit.
Also making news is an update on the legal issues of Storm Klein. He was originally charged with domestic violence this summer after an incident with the mother of his child. He was then dismissed from the team by Meyer. It was announced today that his charge was changed to disorderly conduct and he pleaded guilty to that charge. The question now is does he get his spot back on the team? Meyer said they would reconsider if anything changed in regard to the legal process, so it will be interesting to see if Klein gets another chance to be a Buckeye. Keep an eye on this one.