Frank Epitropoulos Quits Football to Focus on Medical School

By DJ Byrnes on August 12, 2014 at 5:35p

Epitropoulos in action vs. Purdue, 2013

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Frank Epitropoulos, a 2012 three-star recruit from Upper Arlington and redshirt sophomore wide receiver, has quit the football team to focus on medical school aspirations.

Here's Frank in a statement released by Ohio State moments ago:

“I love being an Ohio State Buckeye, but I am also competing to get into medical school, and that is very important to me and to my family. I am already in my third year at Ohio State and the process to begin applying to medical schools is not far off. After consulting with my family, I have therefore decided to end my athletic career so I can focus solely on academics.

“I want to thank my teammates and coaching staff for all of their help and support, and I wish them the best this season and into the future.”

Epitropoulos finishes his career with one catch for six yards, gained against Purdue in November of 2013.

Happy trails, Frank. Doctors can certainly make money a lot longer than football players can.

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J.Mo's picture

Good Luck Frank! Kill it in med school!

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Denny's picture

I am not a medical doctor but this statement seems antithetical to the goals of medical school enrollees.

Taquitos.

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MoeBuckeye's picture

Unless he's striving to be Dr. Kevorkian.

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Maybe he becomes famous as a celebrity like Dr. Phil

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

d1145fresh's picture

Somewhere Beth Mowins rejoices.

Best of luck Doctor E.

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IH8UOFM's picture

He would have just been another "Jones" to her, lets be real here.....

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AndyVance's picture

That had to be a hard decision. My hat's off to you for putting "first things first." Thanks for your contributions to the team, and thanks in advance for the societal contributions you will be making in the future.

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VarsityClubMD's picture

Good luck, Frank, I sincerely wish you the best.

Dot this

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Buckeye-in-pitt's picture

Part of me thinks he made the right and smart decision. Part of me wonders how the hell he could pass up the opportunity to play football for the Buckeyes. 

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mtrotb's picture

Last on the depth chart that is how you pass up the opportunity.  More value in studying than practicing when you are never going to play.

mtrotb

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45OH4IO's picture

Yeah, i get what your saying. You don't want to be the guy saying "man I coulda been onthe field for that championship game". But, you don't want to be the guy flipping burgers saying "I shoulda studied harder in school" either. 

Maybe Urban will give him some game tix to the CFB playoffs anyway!

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Mortc15's picture

Can't fault for him that. I've been looking into medical school the last year and it truly does take all of your time. Couldn't imagine being an athlete and trying to keep up on all the work. Good luck (future) Dr. Epitropoulos! 

Buck-I4Life

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Good luck, Frank. Hope to hear about you doing big things shortly. Good luck!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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osu407's picture

Whoever sews the letters on the back of the jerseys just sighed with relief. 

Best of luck to him

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Nutinpa's picture

This Greek will miss seeing him on the field bragging to my kids!

Good decision though. It's a big sacrifice....especially knowing that playing time will be limited.  I wonder what he could have accomplished someplace else.  Easy for me to say...I am not an OSU alum like most of you.  But, nevertheless, he will be a Buckeye for life and I, like you, wish him well.

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DCNick's picture

I would actually be curious to see a poll of whether readers went to OSU, another college or no college. I would be surprised if it was mostly OSU grads/students.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

I attended John Carroll and Florida but like most on here was raised a Buckeye since birth!

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MAJbucksfan's picture

JCU class of '97 myself... Masters at a DoD university on Bolling AFB.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Born a Buckeye - graduated a Bobcat, although I did spend 4 year at night school at OSU's MBA program!

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

Nutinpa's picture

Born in Stark County.  Proud Bowling Green grad.  PA resident now pretty much for life. 

Buckeye for life.

Brutus's picture

Funny, as a fellow Greek, this was my first thought as well. My Big Fat Greek Wedding pretty much pegged us as an ethnicity.  If one Greek does something good, all Greeks take credit. And knowing Greeks the way I do, Frank becoming a doctor means much more to his family than him fighting for playing time.  Best of luck young man.

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BuckeyeNation's picture

Smart move. Depending on the specific field he's entering, it might just be the football players that are paying his salary.

Good luck to you young man!

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charles's picture

"That dude came to play school."

- Cardale Jones

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Well played, sir!

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

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45OH4IO's picture

You win Charles.

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fear_the_nut70's picture

This made me laugh out loud.

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Tanner's picture

One catch as a Buckeye is more than most people get. Good luck in med school and as a doc, Frankie.

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

That one catch will forever be recorded in the records of Ohio State football...

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jaxbuckeye's picture

I was thinking the same thing. It may not be much but so glad he got that catch. Wonder if never haven gotten it would have prolonged the decision?

DCNick's picture

This is a win for all involved. Best of luck to him in his medical career!

Honestly, when he was offered late in the recruiting process, I figured that he would never play but hoped I was wrong. Recently, I was looking into him because I never hear him mentioned when talking about receivers. It was strange but I didn't want to start a threat bashing him or something. I hope that he had some great experiences and that OSU can fill that roster spot with another great recruit. 

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mr.green's picture

The club football team could use you, Frank.

Good luck in med school, Buckeye.

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Hovenaut's picture

Best of luck to Frank E (too lazy) in his academic pursuits.

apack614's picture

I don't mean this in a bad way at all!!! But how does this work from a scholarship perspective does he have to pay back his other 2 years that his athletic scholarship initially payed for? Good luck Frank!! Go Bucks!

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

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brandonbauer87's picture

Nope. He was a member of the team in good standing. None of that matters, though. He would have no liability to pay that back except possibly for very extreme circumstances (fraud maybe?).

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apack614's picture

Wow! That's awesome, thanks for the info BB, Go Bucks!

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

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kc_buck's picture

Once a Buckeye always a Buckeye. Congratulations on your success to this point. Keep up the good work.

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BTBuckeye's picture

Best of luck DR. E.....HOWEVER YOU SPELL IT!!! Thanks for your hard work!

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kc_buck's picture

I remember seeing Frank on the field a lot more than that "1 reception" indicates.
From his player profile on ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
"... 28 plays from scrimmage against Florida A&M ... saw first Big Ten action with 15 plays on offense vs. Penn State and added 24 vs. Purdue ... had his first catch - for six yards - vs. Purdue ... Epitropooulos is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in biology."
"...is the son of John and Alice Epitropoulos, both of whom attended Ohio State ... John was a three-year Ohio State football letterman between 1978 and 1980, playing in 34 games for both coaches Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce ... an uncle, Ernie Epitropoulos, also played for the Buckeyes ... a sister, Christina, is in dental school at Ohio State."

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Wesleyburgess1's picture

Thanks for the info KC.

allinosu's picture

His name really stands out on the sidelines and I kept wondering when he was going to play. I must have missed his catch which puts his name in the books. Never know, he might save one of our lives.

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Habu71's picture

Best of luck in your pursuit of being Dr E. 

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Buckeyeplumber's picture

Makes a lot of sense being the caregiver instead of the treated!

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QueenCityBuckeye's picture

Definitely can't fault him for making the best choice for his future goals. I am surprised at the timing, though. Why quit in the middle of camp when he could have quit before camp?

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Perhaps you think you can do both, then the reality of the workload during 2-a-days hits you.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

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teddyballgame's picture

Doctor Epitropoulos sounds good

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northcampus's picture

Frank E. really couldn't go wrong with either choice here.  As our college game steadily ventures into semi-professionalism, it's nice to see there  still are actual student-athletes in this world.

Friends and I have made it a common practice to text out 'Sanzenbacher!' or 'Stoneburner!' over the last few years after receptions.  I was really hoping 'Epitropoulos!' would be the next in line.  I'm looking for someone with a serious name to step into this important role for the Buckeyes.

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Myc24's picture

Go get 'em Doc!

"Because I couldn't go for three!"  - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

whiskeyjuice's picture

Good luck with the transition from focusing on the playing field to focusing solely on the medical field.

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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741's picture

This should be a case where in a logical world, and an NCAA with reasonable rules, the kid who accepted Ohio State's offer of a scholarship would get all four years of his education paid for.

Agree, or disagree?

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labuck's picture

I am sure they worked something out.

bafiesta's picture

No if you quit the team, even for very good reasons as Frank did, you are no longer earning your scholarship.  

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buckeye4life050233's picture

he won't get a scholarship for football but im sure some university trust or donor will be footing the bill.  Or he might honestly qualify for a state scholly for this year.  who knows?

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Maybe now he can just sell his personal gear to help pay for school.

How Firm Thy Friendship

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BeatTTUN's picture

Good Luck Frank

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

bleedscarletpissmaize's picture

Cure Ebola Frank. Cure Ebola.

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buckeyedude's picture

I'd rather see a cure for cancer. More people's lives could be helped.

 

 

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hit_the_couch's picture

I think they already have a vaccine for it; some protein derived from the tobacco plant.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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FitzBuck's picture

Come to Toledo after residency.  We need new blood Frank.

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

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Citrus's picture

My girlfriend is a doctor. She studied for 25 years! I am sure the commitment and discipline he learned as a player will be helpful as becomes a doctor. Best of luck. One of the best reasons for leaving the team I can think of.
 

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BHT's picture

Good Luck. Maybe you will be the one to cure cancer.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

This really is a win all around. Good for the young man who chose one passion over another-which isn't an easy thing to do. Good for me so now the obvious Dane Sanzenbacher comparisons won't ever come to fruition.

Thank you times 10000 Frank. Or should I say Dr. In Training Frank?

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Hopefully some day we'll see an ad somewhere for Dr. Epitropoulos Family Practice or something. 

Class of 2010.

garyb's picture

Lets face it, he was not going to ever sniff the 2 deep with the talent that we have coming in with Urban.  He was a recruit during the Luke Fickel debacle I believe.  In the end I think Dr Epitropoulos will get the last laugh.  Go bucks! 

Just Grin and Barrett!

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Grirish Buckeye's picture

Μεγάλα αποτελέσματα απαιτούν μεγάλες φιλοδοξίες - Heraclitus, 500BC

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Grirish Buckeye's picture

Σου εύχομαι τα καλύτερα

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Shangheyed's picture

It's all GREEK to me...

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IH8UOFM's picture

I had hopes of him being in some ridiculous fake punt plays since he was so versatile. What might have been........

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kb1's picture

Open schollie! WOOHOO

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brandonbauer87's picture

Can we get the title changed from "quits" to "retires"?

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buckeyedude's picture

Have to respect this kid for this.

 

 

James Mee's picture

Best of luck, Frank! On the plus side, this opens up a scholarship. 

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bakerjon's picture

This is a good point. Does anyone have insight as to where this puts us with scholarships now and how this might affect the 2015 recruiting class?

"It's all ball bearings these days guys"

cjmgobucks's picture

Always rooted for you, Frank. Won't stop now. Best of luck to you young man. 

"When I look in the mirror, I want to take a swing at me."
Wayne Woodrow Hayes

BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Frank's cousin is a good friend of mine, and I am sad to see him no longer on the sidelines, but it is what's best for him academically. His family has a few doctors in it, and I'm sure Frank is well aware of the rigors of getting into med school. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Buckeye Chuck's picture

The search for the next great Golden Bear/Buckeye hope continues.

I really hope the attrition rate from the 2012 class is a one-off and not a preview of coming attractions. 

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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srslydood's picture

Thanks for doing the right thing, Frank. Football scholarships are a valuable commodity and we will now have one more for this class. Hopefully whoever gets your scholly will actually contribute to the team by seeing the field during meaningful playing time. If only a few more perpetual bench warmers would follow your example.

Yours truly,

Someone who isn't afraid to tell it like it really is.

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charles's picture

Just because you don't see them post numbers on a stat line doesn't mean they don't have value.  I would think alot of the roster contributes to things like scout team, special teams, and just position insurance in case of injury/academics.

And besides, if you end up with a roster of (hypothetically) 70 future NFL athletes, probably 40 of them are going to transfer because they don't get playing time.  

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srslydood's picture

"Things losers, slackers and under-achievers say" by Charles.

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Shangheyed's picture

To me this says a lot about people like Craft who are pre-med and an elite starting athlete.... Best of luck to Frank going forward, it seems a smart move just looking at playing time.  OSU medical school is top notch, the focus will help him succeed.

Tater_Schroeder's picture

OSU Med School is top notch, but I'm confident he'll be applying to many places. Wherever he goes, always a Buckeye!

How Firm Thy Friendship

BAR43's picture

I know I am just picking apart words, but I must say I hate the title of the topic/article. "Quit" seems to be the wrong word here for me. As he stated, he is "ending his athletic career". I think the more appropriate word/statement could have been "leaves the program". The word quit just seems too negative and this by no means is a negative situation or decision. Best of luck to him.

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BEREABUCKEYE's picture

Kind of has a Moonlight Graham feel to it except Frank got his in the show.

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

The thing I love about 11W, the story posted to Facebook and there are a lot of "WHO!? This guys sucked. Waste of a scholarship Ungrateful."

I don't think I see any of that here. Good vibes everyone!

Does anyone know if BucksFan changed his icon?

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Zimmy07's picture

Plus we got to read Charles' That dude came to play school quote.

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Larryp713's picture

It is great to see a guy who knows when to make a tough decision to achieve a goal. Obviously, he is a very talented and focused young man and I wish him all the best. I also enjoy reading the mature comments by the vast majority of 11W followers! It is great to not need to sift through the too many stupid comments. 

Respectfully,

Larryp713

Nairion's picture

There are 3 billion NCAA student-athletes and almost all of them will be going pro in sonething other than sports.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Always hate to see a Buckeye player leave the team but you cannot fault his decision whatsoever!  Good luck on your future in medicine Frank!

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

TURD_BUCKET's picture

Best of luck to him. We need more doctors than football players.

GO BUCKS!

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