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Doing the Right Thing at Ohio State

Too often, college athletes accused of wrongdoing are coddled by coaches and even administrators. Not at Ohio State University, it is gratifying to note.

Two OSU football players have been accused of kidnapping and rape. One had been expected to vie for a starting spot on the team later this year.

Within hours after the two were charged, football coach Ryan Day announced they had been kicked off the team. “I am not making any statement on the criminal charges,” he emphasized. But, he added, “it is clear they did not live up to our standards and my expectations.”

Both men — defensive backs Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint — will face proceedings to determine whether they are guilty of the accusations. But Day was right to boot them off the team. Doing so made it clear that athletic talent is no license to break the rules. Good for Day and other OSU officials for emphasizing that.

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