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Buckeyes dismiss Amir Riep, Jahsen Wint after arrests

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Ohio State has dismissed Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint following their arrest. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes dismiss Amir Riep, Jahsen Wint after arrests

COLUMBUS — Ohio State has dismissed defensive backs Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint after their criminal rape and kidnapping charges.

“I have dismissed Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint from our football program,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said in a university-released statement. “I am not making any statement on the criminal charges, but it is clear they did not live up to our standards and my expectations. The athletics department will make sure they both continue to have access to the health and well-being resources available to students and student-athletes. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, I will not be commenting further.”

Their dismissal comes after an indefinite suspension was handed down Tuesday.

Both Riep and Wint were charged with first-degree felony rape and first-degree felony kidnapping by the Franklin County Municipal Court. Warrants were issued for their arrests.

The two were booked Wednesday and will appear before the Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday.

Both Riep and Wint appeared sparingly during the Buckeyes College Football Playoff run in 2019.

Riep, a senior from Cincinnati Colerain High School,  was a four-star recruit when he signed with the Buckeyes, but he’s never been able to carve out a consistent role in the secondary. He was going to compete in spring ball for a starting job at cornerback, but his production has never matched up to his recruiting profile and likely would have continued to come off the bench. He finishes his career with the Buckeyes with 33 career tackles in 37 career games, and he had an interception against Michigan in the Buckeyes rivalry win. He was the backup safety for Shaun Wade, and when Wade was ejected from the Fiesta Bowl, Riep filled in for him.

Jahsen Wint had a couple opportunities to make an impact at safety for the Buckeyes, but he didn’t convert them into regular playing time. A move to the hybrid Bullet position didn’t produce much better results last season, and he likely would have still been a reserve during his final campaign with the Buckeyes. His career ends with 40 tackles in 35 games played.

Their arrest ends their Ohio State careers.

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Intimidator
Intimidator

Well, now they are at 85!
Not the preferred way to get there!

Ben Eisenbraun
Ben Eisenbraun

Good job Day. Did it like a pro! Good riddance! Now, back to work! We got a championship to win!

Greg
Greg

While I believe in due process, coach Day had to act swiftly. It’s a privilege playing at Ohio State and both WInt and Reip used really bad judgement and broke the code of conduct. Now a young women wil have to live with this for the rest of her life and two young men had promising lives and could spend a sizable chunk of their adult life behind bars.

Meatchicken Sux
Meatchicken Sux

How do you know what transpired?

Tom V.
Tom V.

Good job Coach Day. No need to wait until the legal process plays out. These guys violated the code of conduct and needed to be dismissed

Jave
Jave

Due process applies in court, not school. This was the correct move.

Brunstar
Brunstar

Well, not the direction I would’ve gone, but it is Coach Day’s decision. If Riep and Wint did what they are accused of I hope the victim gets justice. If the accuser is lying I hope Riep and Wint get justice. I’m done with this story until it goes to a trial with a verdict.

Tom
Tom

Coach Day handled it perfect

Ira Lee
Ira Lee

How can Riep and Wint access OSU’s health and well-being resources while they’re in jail? They have essentially committed career suicide. Ira Lee Ph.D., OSU 1979.

Meatchicken Sux
Meatchicken Sux

Innocent until proven guilty……but this time honored Constitutional right is being infringed upon by liberals.

Ira Lee
Ira Lee

Due legal process could take forever. Coach Day acted swiftly and appropriately in practicing damage control. Ira Lee Ph.D., OSU 1979.

allinosu
allinosu

These things are tough for coaches with everyone ready to judge the next move. There is a fine line between abandoning and enabling. Bonds and promises are made with the families and are strengthened over time. The right move was made for now with no football but continued support in other areas until justice is determined on way or the other.

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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