Ex-Buckeye walking on at Michigan St. after med school stint

If you want to go to medical school, you have to commit to it. It takes nearly perfect grades, excellent entrance exam scores, and experience in the field you’d like to enter. Even then, the odds are stacked against you.

Even with these hurdles in his way, former Ohio State WR Frank Epitropolous decided this was his dream.

Epitropolous knew he could not both play football and pursue his dream concurrently, so he left Ohio State last August to pursue his med school dream.

“I love being an Ohio State Buckeye,” Epitropoulos’ statement began, “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.”

Nearly one year later, Epitropolous has decided to return to football.

Epitropolous took to twitter Wednesday to announce his return, confirming that he will not be returning to OSU, but rather Big Ten East rival Michigan State.

Epitropolous plans to walk on at MSU while continuing to pursue his dreams of attending medical school. Frank’s father, John, answered a few questions about his son in a phone interview with the Northeast Ohio Media Group earlier this week.

“He’s going there and he does not have a scholarship available, nor do we expect them to. They’re pretty tight, as every school is. But he’ll have an opportunity to earn one for them. That’s what his plans are, and yes he’s still a pre-med student, but he’s got most of his hard stuff out of the way.”

Frank Epitropolous’ brief hiatus from football has allowed him to finish most of his requirements to pursue the graduate degree in medicine he seeks. John is supportive of his son’s choice to leave and ultimately come back.

“To try to go to medical school, you’ve gotta put yourself in a position to do that. There’s some minimal things you’ve gotta do, and that doesn’t guarantee you anything. I’m confident, and he said too, that he would not have been able to get the grades that he needed.

“That (football) part of his life slowed down so he would have a chance because there’s no guarantee obviously. It’s very competitive. I can tell you as a father, I’m fairly confident he wouldn’t have been able, or he would’ve had to switch his major out.

That’s the right call for him.”

As a redshirt freshman, Frank Epitropolous had one catch for six yards in four games played for the Buckeyes in 2013.

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