Exclusive: LB Mike Mitchell Transferring from Ohio State

By Kyle Rowland on February 9, 2014 at 5:27p
Linebacker Mike Mitchell is transferring from Ohio State.
177 Comments

Linebacker Mike Mitchell has left the Ohio State football team and will transfer after the spring semester, sources told Eleven Warriors. Mitchell, who redshirted last season, plans to attend a college near his Plano, Texas home to be close to his ailing father.

In early January, Eleven Warriors learned that Mitchell had made an unexpected trip to Texas when he received word that his father was ill. But at that time it was unclear whether or not he’d remain with the football program.

The former five-star recruit was one of the crown jewels of the Buckeyes’ acclaimed 2013 recruiting class. But an injury in fall camp set him back and contributed to his redshirt.

Mitchell was expected to factor into Ohio State’s linebacker rotation this season, adding depth to an area in need. Curtis Grant and Joshua Perry are the team’s returning starters, but Mitchell, along with Trey Johnson, Camren Williams, Raekwon McMillan, Sam Hubbard, Dante Booker and Kyle Berger, was a candidate to receive playing time.

“Right now most of my family is in Texas, and I wanted to stay with them. But after I came to Ohio State and visited, I loved it so much. It’s almost like a religion,” Mitchell said last August. “They have NFL teams, but this is the team for all of Ohio, so everybody loves them.”

Mitchell’s father, Ken, played two seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and also toiled in minor league baseball with the California Angels’ farm system. His younger brother, Mickey, is a four-star basketball recruit currently committed to Ohio State.

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brandonbauer87's picture

This is terrible. Best wishes to the Mitchell family. 

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ErieBuckeye's picture

Terrible news for Buckeye fans, well wishes for Mike and his Father. Was really looking forward to seeing him make a impact this year. 

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unknownmusketeer's picture

Best of luck Mike. You will be missed.

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BassDropper's picture

Wow. 

DIRECTIONER

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

To add a bit to this, I've been told that there's a good chance Mike could take some time off from football no matter where he ends up.

BTwrestle04's picture

I can confirm this as well. If anything I could see him going to North Texas or SMU to stay around the Dallas area. 

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ScarletBucki's picture

This sucks so bad he was one of the guys that I was most excited to see on the field, the kid is an absolute stud . THis is terrible news however I can't be mad at him , I would have done the same thing .

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southbay's picture

I really wanted to see him play too.  I hope things work out for him and his family.

Baylor might be a good option for him, I think Waco is not too far from Plano.

Good Luck Mike

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Henri du Vergier's picture

Eh. Waco is about an hour and forty-five minutes outside of Dallas, or a bit less on a good day. It's probably not out of the realm of possibility. Heck, even UNT is a good 45 minutes from Plano.

Vabuck213's picture

Birm any chance he just takes time off and then comes back?

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

A chance? Yes. A good chance? No. 

seafus26's picture

No intention of humor here, but for lack of a better term, is the a " SEC Loophole" precedent that he could sit out the year and be with his family (which he should be in a time if need) and not lose eligibility? If so, I'd love to see this kid cracking heads for the Bucks again one day. Above all, I hope everything works out for he and his family

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

BuckRock's picture

Could have been and should have been:

Donte Booker                           Rakewon                             Mitchell

Mitchell and Raekwon at linebacker would have been the best LB group in all of College football period!  This goes beyond a huge

This loss, is the biggest loss I believe in tOSU history!

 

 

 

 

 

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BamaBuckeye144's picture

Umm...you'd have to know exactly how well he would have done to know that it is the biggest loss in tOSU history. Since you can't tell the future, such statements are a bit over the top. The guy could also have been a injury prone should-have-been. I wish him the best and pray his father gets better soon. We will certainly miss his potential.
 

OH-IO!

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bcarp87's picture

I mean, have you seen their HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT TAPES???!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!
 

bethesdabuck's picture

Jeremy, I'm sure this is all unfolding, but does this mean Mickey will want to stay close too?

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Uncertain at this time, but certainly likely to be the case.

FitzBuck's picture

Birm how serious is his fathers condition?  Mike and his family have been great.  I'm sad that Mike and his brother may never play for OSU but family is always the most important.    If there is anything we can do to help a great family let us know.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

buckeyefanatic's picture

First and foremost, sorry to hear the news about the kids parents.  That is really tough and obviously family comes first in a situation like this.

If I can say it without sounding like a jerkoff, I was really looking forward to seeing Mickey in Columbus playing for the good guys.  Hope somehow things turn out for the best.

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The Black Stripe's picture

Hoping the best for the family. If you can, please keep us up to date on his father's status as well as the Mike's future. 

"It is a rite of passage for a player to become an Ohio State Buckeye. You have to earn it."
-Urban F. Meyer

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Miami of Brohio's picture

Birm, was this one of the moves you mentioned but weren't at liberty to divulge in the dubcast?

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Sad to hear but he needs to do what is best for him. I only wish him and his family the best. 

Read my entire screen name....

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Vabuck213's picture

Definitely not the news I was hoping for, hope his dad gets better and good luck to him. He will be missed

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JozyMozy's picture

He's making the right decision for him, and that's 100% what matters. Best of luck, Mike, and I'll be sending well wishes and good vibes and every other kind of feeble little gesture I can think of. Get well soon, Pop Mitchell. 

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buckeye4life050233's picture

Just when stuff was starting to pile up in the right direction for the buckeyes.  This makes it an absolute imperative that we need one of the freshman LB's to seriously come in ready to go next year.  Sad to hear about his father though. 

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

The man's health is a little more important than the 'right direction for the Buckeyes'.
 

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LouGroza's picture

What terrible news. Hope his dads health improves and things turn out well all around. Hate to lose Mike and wish him nothing but the best.

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route4buckeye's picture

Perhaps this is why Urban said none of the incoming linebackers will redshirt. Tough news. Feel for the kid.

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BassDropper's picture

I respect his decision 100%. But in terms of football only, this sucks. I have been waiting to see this kid play since he first committed. 

DIRECTIONER

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brandonbauer87's picture

Likewise. I thought he would make a smooth transition to Shazier's spot. I've been looking forward to seeing him shine since he committed. 

AndyVance's picture

Couldn't agree more. Family first - that's most important. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mitchell clan.

Completely selfishly, this was probably the kid in that class I was most excited about seeing in Saturdays in the Shoe.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Very sorry to see you leave, Mike, but glad that family comes first. I wish your father and your family the best. S

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SilverState's picture

Damn man. The reason he's transferring is one of the main reasons I liked him so much: a high priority for family. Just seems like such a respectful dude. Best wishes to him and his father. This one hurts.

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jbirmmd's picture

My thoughts exactly.  It is tough to see high quality kids (both athletically and personally) leave.  This is a particular double whammy because it will likely mean his brother won't come.  
 

Was really looking forward to these brothers leave an indelible imprint on OSU sports. 

Prayers to the family. 
 

hcazualcc's picture

best of luck young man.

mr.green's picture

Cherish your loved ones and seize your opportunities.  Pulling for the best for Mike and his family. 

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Wesleyburgess1's picture

Man I cant believe this. We need him but if I was in his position I would be gone before I could file the paperwork. Best of luck to the Mitchells

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DannyBeane's picture

This is terrible You never want to hear about a recruit transferring especially if its because of a sick family member. Godspeed Mike The Abusement Park Mitchell. You will always be a true Buckeye!

*edit* Also does he have to sit out a year because of transfer rules? Or is there an emergency circumstances clause? If he has to sit out then that is complete bull crap. I get that he might take a break from football regardless but still, I'm curious.

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I imagine if he decides to play football it would fall under a hardship rule that the NCAA utilizes to bypass the "wait rule" for transfers.

bethesdabuck's picture

Any word on what his father is suffering from?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

His family is keeping the matter private, as is their right.

Ericgobucks's picture

Wow, i did not see this coming. I didn't realize his dad was having health issues, but I wish them all the best. There can't be a Buckeye alive with a brain that does not wish Mike and his entire family well. I was really looking forward to seeing Mike running sideline to sideline wearing the S&G. I guess it wan't meant to be. Damn. 

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Any word on Mickey Mitchell?

LEBRON

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Nothing at this time, but it's safe to assume that Mickey could very well end up closer to home as well. 

skid21's picture

My prayers are with the Mitchell family but to lose 2 great players for our programs really sucks as well. Best of luck to both young men wherever they land.

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buckeye4life050233's picture
RedStorm45's picture

Pretty sure if people wanted to hear from jbook they could just follow that account on Twitter.  It's also kind of a dickish thing to say right now given his family situation.

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buckeye4life050233's picture
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krodawg's picture

wow. and not in the "wow, that's cool" sort of way.

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Meaty19's picture

Good luck, your services will be missed. 

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krodawg's picture

Thoughts and well wishes from my family to the Mitchells. Family first. Always.

wyatt's picture

Very disappointed to see Mitchell leaving. Hope he is successful wherever he goes. I previously read that Ken has run Ironman triathlons. 

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hspbuy1's picture

Terrible news! Hope nothing but the best for Mike though!

hspbuy1

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Of all the recruits from last years class Mitchell was the one I was most amped about getting the chance to see play. Best
wishes Mike to you and your family.

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I'll say this about Mitchell's situation: we've known about this since the week just after the Orange Bowl and we were asked then to not say anything because OSU was hoping that things would work themselves out, that the issue wouldn't be as serious as it appears to be and Mike would be able to stay in Columbus.

After a month-plus of waiting on we checked back with the initial sources at OSU and heard the decision had been made and was not going to be changing. At that time we received an "ok" from OSU to run this report. 

Ericgobucks's picture

This is precisely the reason that I don't consider Urban going 2 or 3 over the limit over-signing. l think it's known precisely who will be with the program going forward and only those spots will be open for incoming players. 

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bethesdabuck's picture

Thank you, 11W and Jeremy, for respecting the program and its players. 

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My2Sons's picture

Is there an address that we may send cards to, to be supportive?

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almurray10's picture

Man, this hurts. Nothing we can do but wish him and his family the absolute best. The Mitchells will always be Buckeyes, no matter what.

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Baroclinicity's picture

As far as football goes, this is terrible.  The young man has his priorities straight, however.  Best of luck to the Mitchell family.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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slovak71's picture

Best of luck to Mike and his family.  Wish him nothing but the best.
 

FROMTHE18's picture

Best of luck Mike, but more importantly, I hope his father improves and can see his sons play college athletics. 

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SpiderBuck's picture

Do we know what exactly is wrong with his Dad?

Joe

Jordan Wagner's picture

That is a private matter between the Mitchell family and I completely respect that. 

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Damn!  That's unfortunate, but he's got to do what's best for him and his family.  Hope it's nothing serious with his dad.  Best of luck to him, I was looking forward to seeing him as a Buckeye.  

MN Buckeye's picture

Let's all just wish the Mitchell family well and respect their desire for privacy right now. Life is so much more than football.

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ek68's picture

My Thoughts and Prayers our with Mike and family. I respect his decision & hope everything turns out well for Mike & family. God Bless.

 

 

 

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TMac's picture

We hardly knew ya!  Hoping for all the best for the Mitchell family.

stevebelliseeya's picture

Get well soon Mr. Mitchell and good luck Mike and Mickey.

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

This hurts bad at lb, but man was I also excited for his brother and to see him on the court.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

iamcbs's picture

Prayers to the Mitchell Family on a complete and speedy recovery for Mike's Dad. Good Luck to Mike wherever he he winds up.

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion~Alexander the Great

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jamesrbrown322's picture

It reminds us all that there are so many things in life, including life itself, which are much more important than sports. From a personal perspective I hope everything works out for their family and they are at peace no matter the outcome.

From a ridiculous fan perspective, I as disappointed. I really thought the core of Johnson, McMillan, Mitchell, and Booker would remind everyone of the heyday of OSU LBs. That being said, could OSU have any worse luck when it comes to LB?

Good luck Mike! I know that you will be a success wherever you go, as you have the tools to make an impact on the football field. However, it is your off the field life for which I know that I will pray ardently, hoping all ends well and you still end up in the place which you are intended to be. Don't worry about football for the time being, worry about family.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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pabdublin78's picture

 

Prayers for the Mitchell family. Mike- you will always be a Buckeye.  

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m5987usus's picture

this is a time when football matters SO little, but you learn to respect the other things in life, best wishes to mike and his family, and lets all say a prayer for mr. Mitchell to get better, good luck mike

O-H!

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allinosu's picture

Best to you and your family Mike. Birm was right about the over signing has a way of working itself out but so soon. Boy I was looking forward to watching him in our uniform.OUCH

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DenBuck's picture

Prayers & healing to the family. Family first...

Buckeye For Life

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Buckeye in a Bobcat world's picture

Prayers out to him and his family. I was looking forward to seeing him play. He looked like beast potential in the shoe. I hope he succeeds wherever he lands. 

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Poison nuts's picture

Football, or any sport or activity pales in comparison to matters of family & health, so it goes without saying he's making the right decision. 

On the selfish side of things, I'd say Mike was the kid I was most eager to see this upcoming season, & that's out of every other current Buckeye & incoming 2014 guys. I wish he & the family the best & hope that things work out for his father & all involved.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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PittBuckeye's picture

Really sucks from about every standpoint. For the football team (which doesn't matter much) and for their family with whatever is going on. Best wishes to the Mitchell family.

GoBucksOSU's picture

Best of luck to him in the future but I'm sad that we won't get to see him do great things for OSU.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

FUCK - this sucks big ones!  Sad to hear about him leaving but understand why!  Best wishes Michael!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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chowoon97's picture

I have to start a new job at the SMU, Dallas, but I didn't want to see him playing there... Losing Mike and Mickey is terrible...

edr4225's picture

very sad news as i was looking forward to the amusement park blowing up defenders this season,  prayers to his family!!!

lets go bucks!!

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Unky Buck's picture

Prayers to the Mitchell family and best of luck to Mike and his future endeavors. Sucks to lose a player of his caliber but he needs to be with his family! I hope everything turns out well and the father can recover from whatever has fallen upon him.

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buckeyestu's picture

Good luck to you Mike and to your family, and especially your father.

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Art Harrell's picture

My prayers to you Mike and your family. Good luck. The Buckeye Nation will always be thinking about you.

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cinserious's picture

2015 linebackers will yet again be a strong priority.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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Rocket Man's picture

Terrible news. Prayers for the Mitchell family. Hope he eventually gets to realize his football dream.

". . . It's because I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan! We'll coast and PUSH this goddam car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!"

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blu.fan's picture

Very sad to hear this news. Will definitely be praying for the family, especially for his father's health. I hope there is opportunity for recovery. It would be great for the buckeyes if he could take off a year or two and then come back.

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topgun67's picture

Wow. 

Bad wow. 

First, best to Mike and his entire family.  Family is the utmost of importance and he is making the right decision for him.

Second, it stings that we are losing an outstanding athlete, but inevitably OSU needs to move on and get more of the LB crew than prior few years.  Less Mike M, we still have 4 and 5 star athletes who should be able to form the foundation of LB corps for years to come. 

In life, things happen, and this is one of them.  Unexpected but such is life. 

Again, sad news but hope Mike finds strength to continue his dream AND take care of his family. 

I have an utmost respect for Mike for doing this.  But sad inside as a Buckeye fan for life. 

 

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ab42beerman's picture

Family first.  Best wishes to the Mitchell family first and foremost.

Hope our LB group takes the next step to make up for Mike's absence.  

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teddyballgame's picture

Wow, everything about this sucks. 

Best wishes for the Mitchell family. 

GoBucks713's picture

Good Luck Mike. Our thoughts are with you and your family in this time of need. Get well soon Mr Mitchell. 

-The Aristocrats!

theshoe's picture

It's unbearably painfull to see talent like Mitchell leave Ohio State this soon, but there are more important things in life. 

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

What hurts is the fact that we never got to see him perform on the field! 

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

That's a real shame that this has all happened, but Mike's doing what he needs to do. 

Class of 2010.

bigbadbuck's picture

To the Mitchell family, Prayers go out to your dad in hopes of a speedy recovery. Doors open for a reason. Good Luck Mike!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here its a war room

Seattle Linga's picture

Mike --- you will always be welcome back even if it's in a different capacity. Family comes first and we wish you and your parents the best. I guess we will have to see the Amusement park in a different town now.

dustinccc's picture

Kind of puts the Malik McDowell situation into perspective.  Family is always first.  Best wishes Mike. 

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buckz4evr's picture

Best of luck to Mike.  Prayers for father and family.  I too was one of those that was excited to see him play, but family first.

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bucknut94's picture

Best wishes Mike. My thoughts are with you and your family.

BullCityBuckeye's picture

Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye.  Hope everything turns out for the best for Mike, his father, and his family.

jsbuckeye's picture

I met Mike at the Gridiron Kings Championship in Orlando! I wish the best for him and his family. Hate to see him go. 

SmoothJazzyG's picture

This really sucks. Nothing but prayers to the Mitchell family.

allbucksallthetime's picture

My thoughts and prayers are for the Mitchell family.  Hopefully, Mr. Mitchell will get well but, until that point in time, football is a distant second for Mike.  As many have stated here, I, too, was very excited about Mike wearing the S & G but am glad he will be close to his father and family where they need him most.  Go Bucks!

Buckifan4Life's picture

That sucks! I hope his father gets well. I'm sure Mickey is going to transfer as well. I was really looking forward to seeing both of them play for the Buckeyes. Sad day for all...

Bingocat's picture

Best wishes for Mike and his family. We as Buckeye fan's can only think 'what if' in this scenario,Mike is making a life choice to  be near to his family....All the best #44....will always be a fan! Go Buckeyes

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

This must be really serious. Having lost my mother a few years ago I can most certainly understand his move. Sports, school and work mean absolutely nothing as compared to the well being of a parent and loved one. I genuinely hope their dad will be ok. Wishing Mike and his family the best. Once a Buckeye always a Buckeye.

 

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

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Brutenley69's picture

Didn't realize the reason for the redshirt was because of an injury. Prayers for the Mitchell family.   GO BUCKS!!!!!

GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Squirrel Master's picture

best wishes to Mike and his family. Always a buckeye!

with that said, I say it will be Perry and Raekwon starting. The battle will now be for the third starting sport and I can see either Trey Johnson or Sam Hubbard as the guys since Mike won't be there. I still think there is a ton of talent in this group. Still need guys like Cam Williams, Worley, Berger, Booker to step up big this year. Losing Mitchell just means others will need to be the abusement park!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

OSUpawn's picture

Very sad news. That kid is going to be a stud where ever he ends up. Thoughts and prayers to the family. 

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

Hovenaut's picture

Tough news, but I'm sure this was a tough decision for Mike Mitchell. Prayers to him and his family, hope to hear everything works out.

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

I have to feel like nothing was really guaranteed for him as far as playing time or starting this season. We had one of the weakest LBer cores in the Nation last year and were very short on depth yet someone thought it was ideal to redshirt the young man. I really feel for him as a person and for his family. My favorite uncle is in UC hospital right now getting dialysis and other treatment for lymphoma a form of blood cancer. I was really close to him and he has 5 daughter from age 16-24. This affects us more with Mickey as he would have received immediate playing time and been a true star here at tOSU. I will ask a couple contacts closer to the situation to see if any other factors were in play on this decision just out of curiosity because many many kids all across the Country have a Mother or Father or other close family member get sick or even deathly ill but don't choose to leave school for good. Usually there are other factors that help make that decision a lot easier. Thank you Mike for the short amount of time you gave to Buckeye Nation and I wish you and your family the best buddy.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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Poison nuts's picture

If I were in college far from home, was close with my family, & was told either mom or dad was seriously ill, I'd be gone in a heartbeat. Playing time wouldn't play into it at all. 

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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buckeye4life050233's picture
johnblairgobucks's picture

I wonder if this circumstance (players leaving) has anything to do with their position coach.  Seems like a spike in transfers from a certain group would have the coaching staff asking some questions.

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TNbuckeye91's picture

Yeah, it's fickell's fault mike mitchells dad got terribly ill. smh

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Making a comment about the amount of linebackers that haven't graduated from OSU, nothing specific in my comment about Mitchell and Fickell.    Since 2009, we have been losing an average of 2 linebacker recruits leaving the program per year.  Definite trend, IMO.

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AndyVance's picture

The plural of anecdote is not data. It would, however, be illustrative to climb in the wayback machine and see why each of these young men left the program to see if your hypothesis has merit.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

 can't figure out how to edit the post.

I'm not in English Class,

It's my opinion.

AndyVance's picture

Yes, clearly you have an opinion. My point was simply that you're opinion may have merit - I don't know the circumstances behind any of the aforementioned transfers, hence the comment that it would be useful to go back and look to see if there is indeed a trend here, or if we have a collection of random anecdotes.

In other words, "ad hoc, ergo propter hoc" (after, therefore because of it) does not apply. Just because the position coach is the same doesn't mean that Fick was a factor. But it certainly might. We'd have to go back and look why those other young (former) Bucks took their talents elsewhere.

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Stoicpaisano's picture

Gee whiz, it's like we have google to prove johnblair's hypothesis is full of shit:

-Jamel Turner got shot before ever making it to campus

-Ejuan Price bailed after Tressel was fired. He'll be a three-year starter at Pitt.

-Jordan Whiting, Jon Newsome, Dorian Bell and David Perkins were--to put it bluntly--told they needed to find new schools after repeated transgressions. The latter three all won postseason awards for their 2013 performances.

-Mike Mitchell, Scott McVey, Conner Crowell and Chad Hagan were forced to put their careers on hold or retire due to medical issues.

-Luke Roberts transferred, of his own accord and fully healthy, to Haaaaavard. I guess you can pin this one on Fickell. One guy out of eleven. Swiss fuckin watch.

2009-2013 classes: 18 LB commits, 11 taken by attrition, 5 on 2014 roster, 2 graduated/left for NFL

2004-2008 classes: 15 LB commits, 3 taken by attrition, 12 fulfilled eligibility (8 of whom were drafted)

Same LB coach for all ten classes, did Fickell forget what he was doing, or are the numbers recently against him in terms of goons/medical cases?

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Wow, it only took two cuss words to get your point across.... i'm impressed. So much for going to a website for some non professional Buckeye discussion.

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Stoicpaisano's picture

Come off it. You made a clearly untrue statement that was refuted with 10 mins of research.

Whether you clearly incorrect hypothesis was made out of malice or plain ignorance is irrelevant to me.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

I started my post with " I wonder if......." ...... just starting a conversation about the loss of linebackers, I didn't make a statement or a hypothesis, so stick it..

Grande Gustavo's picture

Keep it classy dude, the guy posed a thought and you're jumping down his throat like he said "Luke Fickell is poisoning Mike Mitchell's Dad." It sucks we have lost so many talented linebackers over the last few years, and I don't think that it is specifically because of Luke Fickell, but he is certainly allowed to put the thought out there.

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

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nm_buck's picture

Buckeye Nation supports your decision Mike... we wish you the very best in your football endeavors and will not forget you or the excitement you brought to Columbus.  Your father is in our prayers.

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rdubs's picture

Great reminder that there are so many more important things than our desire for a great football team.  I will still hope to see him on the field somewhere because he is such a special athlete.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Prayers sent. I hope that Mike's father recovers. As for football, who really cares about that at a time like this.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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BuckRock's picture

@ colerain 2004:

I agree with you.  We had no depth and a very limited amount of talent and quality play from LB last year. As a five star stud to find yourself red-shirted, and then to hear this season the other LB's that were recruited plus McMillian you have to wonder what he may or may not have been thinking.  He should have played in the first 3 games of the season, and I do not remember him having a serious injury , something that took a couple weeks to heal, should definetly have seen the playing filed a bit more... Also, who is the LB coach....hmmmm??  Most recruits that transfer, will do so for a combination of reason's.  Maybe he was promised something that didn't pan out here...it is possible,  Maybe he ends up in Texas with Charlie?  Crazier things have happened.

To me Vrable and Mitchell are huge losses.  My opinion!  Best wishes to the Mitchell Family.

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Urbanabuck's picture

Best wishes to Mike, Mr. Mitchell and the rest of the family at this time. It's a much more important thing to be doing than playing this game. Hopefully all is fine and he makes a speedy return to health. 

Silver Bullet 10's picture

The bad news is Ken's health. The good news is Mike and Mickey will be closer to their father. 

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Man!  Was really looking forward to seeing him play.  Wish there was some way he could stay on the team (like moving his father to Columbus and the great medical facilities at tOSU).  Totally depressed!

bethesdabuck's picture

Well, Tim May is saying Mitchell wasn't happy in the program as of late Fall, and Tony Gerdman (of O-zone) is saying as of 6 weeks ago his dad said Mike was doing well at Ohio State. I hope May has something to back this up because he doesn't seem one to spread rumors. 

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otrain2416's picture

Not to bash May cuz I respect him but reading that bit you posted I got the vibe he had little clue what was going on with the situation and was getting most of the Info from sites like 11w who reported it. 

buckskin's picture

Sorry to see you go Mike, but family should always come 1st, no matter what.  Wish you and your family the best in life, no matter what comes down your path.  Once a buckeye, always a buckeye. 

1MechEng's picture

Condolences to the Mitchell family on the bad news. Hope that we can see Mike and Mickey back in the S&G later in the college careers. Family First!

Shangheyed's picture

Wishing him and his family the very best, a shame we didn't get to see him play, look forward to following his career.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I know there's a number of people out there who are going to make this story about something more than it is - a kid who wants to be closer to his family - so I decided right now to post what we knew and when, to let you all make the decision. As for me, Mitchell and his family are a class group, so I choose to believe that what we've been told (that this is a family decision) is the truth. No reason to think otherwise.

I was told two weeks before the Orange Bowl, the week after the B1G championship game, that Mike was going to be leaving school after winter break, and that he was going to head home to Texas Tech. He absolutely was frustrated by the fact that he didn't burn his redshirt because he was told repeatedly that if he enrolled early at Ohio State (which he did,) that he'd be in line to earn some key minutes as a freshman. 

At that time, Ohio State did their due diligence and had a sitdown with Mike and the coaching staff and cleared the air. Things were "smoothed over," and the Buckeyes felt confident that they had rode out the storm in regard to him potentially transferring. He realized that a transfer would put him out another year and that he'd be in line to be a starter at Ohio State this coming season and he was on board with that that line of thinking. 

After the bowl game (because I was told point blank on 1/9, a week after the Orange Bowl, that he was for sure staying put at Ohio State,) Mike got the word that his father's condition had worsened quite a bit and unexpectedly, so he took off from school for a few days and went back to Texas. When he came back, the decision to leave Columbus had been made, but the coaching staff had once again asked us to not run the story because they wanted to make sure they had a chance to talk to him about when the sudden emotional response to his father's illness had run its course. That has not happened. Mike has been away from the football team and trying to handle his business privately, but today we were told it was "ok" to run the story, so we did.

I know that Mike's plan as of now is to leave Ohio State post-semester (which he has to do in order to keep financial aid/scholarship stuff in line for future endeavors) and to take time away from football to help stabilize his family. 
 

otrain2416's picture

Thanks for the update Birm. Football wise this sucks, but at the end of the there's more important things than football especially when a family members health is of concern. Hope Mr. Mitchell has a smooth recovery. 

southbay's picture

Mike Mitchell's having redshirted this past season was frustrating for me, I guess I was unaware he had had an injury but I was very aware of the lack of depth at LB.  There were a few times during the season when Shazier got shaken up that were just scary, and for that matter I'm still wondering whether he was really healthy for those last two games.  The Buckeyes could have benefited from having Mike Mitchell on the field, seems to me...

Alpo's picture

Sad to see Mike leave, was very excited about his potential. However he has to do what's best for him and his family/future. I hope it all works out with his fathers health and his future in college and with football.

Thank you for the insight Birm and for respecting the Mitchell's and tosu's request to keep this story private until now. Yet just another reason the 11w staff is the best in the business.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Best of luck to him in the future and hope his dad gets better. Sigh.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I had no idea he was frustrated about PT. If anything I saw the redshirt sort of as a blessing in disguise so he could spend another year with his little brother.  Best of luck to Mike wherever he ends up. I'll say what everyone else is saying.... Take care of Dad and worry about football later. It will be there for you when you have time regardless of where it is.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

+1 HS
cplunk's picture

Best wishes to the Mitchell family. I'll cheer for Mike where ever he ends up playing.

IH8UOFM's picture

It would be pretty hard to be in Mike's shoes and make that decision. I probably would have done the same. Family first.

gm3jones's picture

Wow, this is a massive blow. So he is tranferring because of lack of PT? Interesting...

Hope Mikes Dad gets better.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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rdubs's picture

It doesn't seem as if PT is the primary reason.  Maybe if he had been starting this year then he would be more willing to try to ride it out, but we'll never know that.  As it stands, it seems that he would have stayed had his father not had such severe medical issues.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

I hope that's not the case... If you are a freshman at Ohio State and you are going to transfer because "lack of playing time" then go right ahead. I doubt that's the case. It is very rare that a freshman to come in and get any good playing time at all. Wilson and Bosa were this years exceptions, Zeke was in the blowouts but that was it. Burrows had decent PT. Bell played one game and played well (have no idea why he didn't start right after Bryant's injury).

LEBRON

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

As someone who has lost their father at an early age, and very unexpectedly, Football and tOSU is the last thing anyone should be worried about in Mike's situation.  There isn't anything I wouldn't give to have more time with my Dad.  The last game I got to watch with him was the NCG vs. Miami.  I relish that game and that win for so many reasons

 

Would everyone be up in arms if it was a walk-on who left for the same reason?  Probably not.  I understand he was a 5-star recruit, and I was as excited to see him play as anyone else.  But in the end, it's just a game.  You only get one father.  He'll have plenty of time to get back into football if he chooses to do so, and tOSU will continue to bring in more 4 and 5 star LB recruits.  Enough with the "this is going to kill LB depth and man this sucks" talk.  It sucks for the Mitchell Family.  This isn't a video game, it's real life and these are still kids.

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Barnsey69's picture

Like Kozmo said, it's just a game. Even if a new school means more playing time, the real, tangible value of his transfer means more time with his dad, and that trumps the rest.

The Buckeyes can get another LB or b-baller, but Mike & Mickey only have one father.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

+1 HS
rayjack01's picture

Mike was the number one player I was looking forward to see playing. What a tough break for him but I am glad for his Father . Good luck Mike, I know you will be great where ever you play.

mshaf's picture

Wow, tough decision for this young man. Hope everything works out for you and your family Mike. Good luck to your dad

Edincostarica's picture

WOW! What a blow in so many different ways. It feels like a hard punch to the stomach. I'm sure Mike feels the same way if not worse. I know I would do the same in his situation. I just hope everything eventually turns out well for his father and the family as well as Mike's football future and his future in general. You have our heart felt prayers and best wishes.
 

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patriot-missile's picture

What terrible news!  I remember watching this guy on film back when the good guys were recruiting him and thought he had the skills to be the next Little Animal.  I always liked the way he would help up the opposing player that he just blasted.  It shows he has great character and good family upbringing.  We can never get enough of that in our program!  We'll never forgot you Mike.  As others have already stated...you'll always be a Buckeye and a member of our large global family.  Give your a dad an extra long hug and enjoy every moment you have with your family.  In the end, football is just a game...family is what really matters.  Go Bucks! 

Kellen Winslow - Where can I get a sweater vest like yours?
Jim Tressel - Hit the weight room and you can borrow one of mine.

gobucks96's picture

At first, I heard the news and wondered what was wrong with the relationship with Mike and OSU. Now I just wish it would have been the relationship...

Best of luck to the young man and a hopeful speedy recovery for his father. I look forward to seeing him play again someday.

+1 HS
BuckRock's picture

I wish the Mitchell family well, and this is good for Mike to be closer to his father.

...Now, to handle the talk of some players that were disenhcanted do to lack of playing time this year. Mitchell, Bell, Apple, just to name a few, that had been told early that we "do not red shirt our key freshman"  The coaching staff needs to tone it down in regards to playing time and how much you will receive if you enroll early.  When I was being recruited the coaches would tell me, it is possible with your blue chip cailber of player to earn playing time your freshman year, but it is also possible you may be red shirted and not play much, if any.  They kept it straight forward and I liked that as a kid, had they sold me on a lie, I would have been hurt emotionally and may have transferred.  Let's remember these are kids and we need to treat them with respect and dignity on all levels.  I believe Vrabel was a huge impact on getting Mitchell here anyway, that is what I have always heard.  Now he will be back in Texas with Vrabel.

Best wishes Mike.

+1 HS
BAR43's picture

The staff has been fine with their approach and dont believe they are being misleading. They tell recruits they dont intend to redshirt and will be given all the opportunity to play early. If the player is hurt or just cant crack the lineup it would be stupid to burn a year of eligibility on the technicality of not redshirting them. They players have understand and appreciate this approach, and i think most do.

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BuckeyeJ's picture

This is the worse news you can have---a phone call telling you one of your parents are sick. I am proud to say this young man is making the right choice even though he wanted to stay. Sounds like he waited to see some prognosis, and turned out to be a little worse than expected. 

Although I'm sad because he was one of the LB I couldn't wait to see on the field, I'm glad that we recruit young men like this to be a Buckeye. I hope things work out for the family, as the Buckeye Nation will be sending prayers

osu07asu10's picture

A little bit of tidbits from the Dispatch, however, they cite 11w (yes!),  so take it for what it is worth as far as a different perspective...

Ken Gordon's take...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

TossTrap's picture

On the other hand we have the Columbus Dispatch saying that " it was known during the late fall that Mitchell was not happy in the OSU program". With an additional quote (Tim May) "But something didn’t click for him at OSU because the coaches decided early on to redshirt him his first season, even though there were dire needs at linebacker.

This is probably a combination of factors including his fathers illness. Regardless I wish Mike and all his family good luck.

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.

+3 HS
osu07asu10's picture

Birm posted above that there was definitely some hard feelings on the redshirt because of him enrolling early with the chance for PT, which didn't happen. The staff thought they had rode it out but his dad's illness pretty much sealed the deal as far as his decision to leave.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Anytime you have a position so decimated that you have walk-ons getting playing time over 5* freshmen that enrolled early something is not as it seems. Sounds like he was promised if he took care of his end and enrolled early he would be given a nice shot,hell maybe he was given a guarantee. Only injury I can really remotely remember was maybe a slight concussion that should have not kept him out long at all. I expect to see more of this type of situation with the change from JT to Meyer simply because we are recruiting at a slightly higher level and with these higher rated recruits come promises and egos and expectations. Not saying any of this relates to this situation directly but this type of thing happens at all the top programs.Very unfortunate and hopefully this young man and his father find peace in life and after.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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TossTrap's picture

Don't know how I missed Brims addition. He certainly made the picture clearer.

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.

deddy214's picture

Family is always most important but certainly tough to lose a guy that would've made an impact. I'm sure he'll be successful if he decides at some point to return to football. 

blueinsconsin's picture

Best of luck to the kid.  That's tough, thoughts and prayers with him and his family.

Not here to troll...Go Blue

NCBuckeye2011's picture

Man this really bites. If/when we see him in the news making plays for Texas/TexasA&M/TexasTech/whoever , it will bite even more. 

Fully respect/back his decision though. My mother has been ill for a few years now and I completely understand the itch to want to help. Best of wishes to Mike's father and family. 

45has2's picture

Family first. Your priorities are straight. Best wishes for you father's health.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

NitroBuck's picture

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mitchell family.  I hope all works out the best it possibly can for them.  While I completely understand and respect the decision, I'm greatly saddened that Mike is leaving the Buckeye family.  I was truly looking forward to watching his successes grow on the field.  Vaya con dios.

Ferio.  Tego.

+1 HS
CowCat's picture

This really is unfortunate.

This poor kid is stuck between a rock and a hard place.   He absolutely has to be with his dad.   By doing so he will be watching his OSU teammates on TV.   But there is no choice.

 

Prayers to him and his family.

 

 

 

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Larryp713's picture

I live 13 hours away from my ailing father, and even at 43 years old, it hurts. I have complete empathy for Mike and wish him and his family all the best. I am sad that we won't get to see him play for the Buckeyes; I thought he was going to be a good one. Best wishes Mitchell family.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

+1 HS
tGW's picture

There is no better reason to transfer, I suppose. Big loss. Hope everything turns out ok for Mr. Mitchell.

"Have a nice trip...Michaelllll."

rayjack01's picture

Going to miss you Mike, you would have made history. Hope your Dad recovers. I  will add him to my prayer list and also you and your Brother . Hope a miracle occurs so you can come back, if not have a great career.