For those of you who read the latest edition of the Fifth Quarter, you may have noticed we mentioned an Ohio State assistant coach and former Buckeyes linebacker, Anthony Schlegel, “taking care” of a student with a “Night Train Necktie” who had run onto the field during the pregame warmups for the Cincinnati game.
As it turns out, there’s more to the story. A lot more.
The student in question, Anthony Wunder, pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal trespassing Tuesday in the Franklin County Municipal Court. If Wunder is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of a $250 fine and 30 days in jail.
That legal issue might not be the worst of Wunder’s problems, however, as the Columbus Dispatch explains.
[Attorney Mark] Collins said that Wunder was told today by the Evans Scholars program that Wunder has lost his scholarship with the program and said Wunder is no longer living in the Evans Scholars house.
Collins, however, said that Wunder remains enrolled as a student at Ohio State. He is a fourth-year student in a five-year engineering program, Collins said.
The nonprofit Evans Scholars Foundation gives academic awards for college students who have served as golf caddies.
Head coach Urban Meyer said he had a conversation with his assistant following the game.
“In all seriousness, I grabbed Anthony last night,” the head coach said Monday. “I appreciate him protecting our players. I would rather him not have a lawsuit if something bad would happen, you drill a guy like that.
“So we had a partial-serious conversation. And then we also gave him a Hit City Award, our team, and had a little fun with it, too.”
Speaking of a lawsuit…
“Those are things we’re going to look at and issues we’re going to address,” said Collins, Wunder’s attorney, when asked if the tackle by Schlegel was too hard. Of course, if his client wasn’t on the field illegally, the tackle never would’ve happened.
Anyway, for those who haven’t seen it, below is a Vine of the incident in question as well as an epic picture of the hit.