We’re well aware of the stories of visiting fans – mostly those from the University of Michigan – getting treated like the scum of earth when visiting Columbus, Ohio on football game days. Verbal abuse, sometimes physical abuse and often destruction of property have gone so far that visiting fans won’t wear their school colors and even rent cars so as to not arrive with a Michigan license plate to minimize the harassment.
The anger that Ohio State fans carry is no longer saved for opposing fans. They have turned their attention to a Lakewood, Ohio native, high school senior Kyle Kalis, who de-committed from Ohio State when Jim Tressel was fired. Soon after, he gave Brady Hoke his word that he will be attending Michigan in the fall.
In an interview with a Michigan football blog, Kalis said that his de-commitment had everything to do with the firing of the sweater vest:
“I mainly left after Coach Tressel left. I didn’t necessarily commit to Ohio State as much as I did to Coach Tressel so when he left, I left. After that, the second I stepped foot on Michigan’s campus and met the coaches I knew I was meant to be there.”
But, that explanation wasn’t good enough for the Buckeye faithful. OSU fans physically threatened Kalis, a five-star recruit, for his decision to join the enemy.
“I’d get people telling me they wanted me to tear my ACL. I got plenty of threats.”
And Kalis’ immaturity and roots that were planted in Ohio showed through in his response to the threats. The 6’5″. 300 pound offensive lineman isn’t going to back down from anyone.
“I know it was bad, but I gave my address out to about 20 people and told them to come find me. Nobody came.”
Since Kalis didn’t get the opportunity to confront any of the people that had given the idle threats, he went on to say that current Ohio State players will bare the reciprocation for what fans put him through.
“November 24th is going to be ugly. There will be blood on the field and it won’t be mine. Quote it. Let them know. A pancake on every play of the game, us putting up a ton of points on them and once again, a jersey drenched in red. I have a few screws loose”
It’ll be interesting to see if new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer shares Kalis’ quotes with his defense before their matchup with Michigan before their November 24th game, which happens to be in Columbus. While Kalis obviously isn’t afraid, he may want to check the bus’ license plate as the team nears the stadium.