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Michigan State still reviewing personal fouls from Gholston

William Gholston

Four days after Michigan State’s 28-14 win over Michigan, the school is still conducting an internal investigation into the two personal foul penalties committed by defensive end William Gholston.

Gholston was flagged for punching Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan and twisting the helmet of quarterback Denard Robinson.  The Big Ten defines unsportsmanlike conduct as “striking or attempting to strike or otherwise physically abusing an official, opposing coach, spectator or athlete.”

You can watch this video and decide for yourself, but it’s pretty clear that Gholston’s actions are unacceptable in every imaginable way.

“We are in the process of completing our internal review of the matter,” Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement. “We are thoroughly reviewing the entire game and utilizing all of the available resources: coaches’ video from midfield and end zone cameras, TV copy as well as still photographs. Once the internal review is completed, we will forward a written report on to the Big Ten. The conference office won’t discuss a timeline for this process and neither will we.”

Under Big Ten guidelines, and in correlation to the date of the incidents (Saturday), Michigan State will have until Wednesday to finish its report, at which point it will send it to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for review. Delany will have three more days to respond to the report if he does not agree with the assessment.

(Tip of the cap: ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg) 

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15 Responses to “Michigan State still reviewing personal fouls from Gholston”
  1. joshuavkidd says: Oct 18, 2011 4:19 PM

    what exactly is their to review…? He punched some kid in the head and tried to twist off Denards skull. Seems pretty clear cut to me.

  2. polegojim says: Oct 18, 2011 4:25 PM

    The punch was just stupid. They were going back and forth and his brains fell out.

    Twisting the helmet… he should be punched for that one. TOTAL intent to injure.

    Bye Billy – enjoy your suspension. Well deserved.

  3. steelersandladyboysfan says: Oct 18, 2011 4:33 PM

    Hmm….reminds me of Robert Reynolds choking Jim Sorgi again, by the way who was Reynolds’ defensive coordinator in Columbus?

  4. anc713 says: Oct 18, 2011 4:35 PM

    I think a message needs to be sent by suspending him.

  5. southernpatriots says: Oct 18, 2011 4:36 PM

    polegojim posted it accurately. Gholston was guilty of flagrantly seeking to injure Denard. He may have thought his action would not be seen by millions (including our family) on You Tube. The punch was in violent anger. He knew better but did not do better.

    Polegojim pegged it: “Bye Billy – enjoy your suspension. Well deserved”

  6. swcoach says: Oct 18, 2011 5:16 PM

    While I don’t agree with the head twisting at all… it must’ve been a Wolverine fan who put this video together cause they cut off the part where the Michigan OL was pushing Gholston to the ground by his head and facemask.

  7. vegasrobert says: Oct 18, 2011 6:43 PM

    swcoach… u got that vid? share it. i didnt see that in ANY version i seen online

    the dude was out of line. period.

  8. arrows80 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:30 PM

    vegasrobert…it’s called a search engine. Look into it. Pretty neat stuff.

  9. tokyolionsfan says: Oct 18, 2011 7:41 PM

    MSU is stalling till Wednesday with hope that Delaney’s office takes the full three days thereby keeping Gholston eligible for Wisconsin Saturday.

  10. silverdeer says: Oct 18, 2011 7:45 PM

    Based upon D’Antionio’s track record, the only way he gets suspended is if he goes to jail and then he will be reinstated the day he gets out.

  11. mogogo1 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:45 PM

    Thanks for posting the clip, arrows. But pushing defensive linemen down is a legal part of football. If the actions in that clip justified punching somebody, there’d be a brawl after nearly every play.

    Plus, they always catch the retaliation. If the guy’s too out of control or dumb to know that, maybe he’ll wisen up during his suspension.

  12. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 19, 2011 12:56 AM

    dantonio is the latest OSU coach to own Meechigan.

  13. santolonius says: Oct 19, 2011 8:26 AM

    if gholston grabbed a man’s head and twisted it like that in a parking lot and the incident was caught on tape, he would be put behind bars for a couple of years. a helmet does not protect a neck from being twisted and snapped which is what gholston was trying to do in the heat of passion. (even if he fully believes otherwise – the tape doesn’t lie) to put it simply, we all witnessed a felony last saturday commited on a football field. there is nothing to consider. the man must sit.

  14. southernpatriots says: Oct 19, 2011 8:39 AM

    santolonius: We agree. Thank you for stating it so well. And the punch! Gholston has some emotional or mental problems!

  15. kevvy1231 says: Oct 19, 2011 2:29 PM

    Here’s a dangerous play by a Michigan player in the same game. Let’s not pretend Michigan’s players are saints just because they got beat up physically.

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