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AD admonishes Sparty DC for ‘unnecessary roughness’ comments

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Michigan State defensive lineman William Gholston isn’t the only one in trouble following Sparty’s 28-14 win over Michigan last weekend.

Gholston received criticisms this week over the multiple personal foul penalties committed by the D-lineman, and the school itself wasn’t immune to voices of discontent when many, ourselves included, wondered why it took as long as it did to administer any punishment for the fouls.

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi didn’t exactly help the situation when he said “That’s what we tried to do, 60 minutes of unnecessary roughness. Just glad it didn’t get called every snap” after the game against the Wolverines.

Narduzzi backpedaled on his comments this week, but that didn’t stop MSU AD Mark Hollis from publicly admonishing the coordinator.

“There’s no question that Coach Narduzzi was caught up in the emotion of the moment; however, that doesn’t excuse him from being accountable for his statements,” Hollis said in a statement. “Needless to say, Pat chose his words poorly, and he expressed his regret over making those comments to our local media following practice earlier this week. He requested that media opportunity to clear the air because too many took his remarks literally.

“I have taken this opportunity to express to Pat the importance of collecting his thoughts after an emotional game to ensure that he puts his best foot forward with the media and public in the future. He’s an outstanding coach and motivator and a rising star in his profession.”

Michigan State will be without Gholston when they host Wisconsin tomorrow.

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11 Responses to “AD admonishes Sparty DC for ‘unnecessary roughness’ comments”
  1. southernpatriots says: Oct 21, 2011 7:46 PM

    Should Sparty be with Narduzzi and Gholston tomorrow? That might be appropriate.

  2. steelersandladyboysfan says: Oct 21, 2011 8:29 PM

    When you’re a 2nd tier program with 1 Rose Bowl appearance since the Moon Landing you have to make these kind of comments to try and be relevant.

  3. irishking says: Oct 21, 2011 8:30 PM

    Michigan State really put it to the Wolverines and that’s the main thing as far as I am concerned.

  4. halo81 says: Oct 21, 2011 8:34 PM

    I’ve said this ad nauseam on here, but Pat Narduzzi is a complete jacka** and if people think how he acted here was bad, it doesn’t even sniff the surface of what he’s like behind the scenes.

    The man is truly one of the biggest pieces of human garbage in college football.

    Gholston also should have gotten more than a one-game suspension. He played like a freaking criminal in the game and it’s not the first this season.

    Absolutely embarrassing last weekend.

    They deserve each other.

  5. rockiemtnhigh says: Oct 21, 2011 9:42 PM

    What do you expect from the Fartans? Classless program all the way.

  6. justanobservor says: Oct 22, 2011 5:16 AM

    I’m just an impartial observer here — no dog in the fight, so-to-speak — so let me give you my take on this one.

    Mr Gholston should consider himself lucky he received only a 1-game suspension. If he were on one of the teams I coached, he would have been benched after his first infraction involving MU’s QB. Subsequently, there would not have been a second infraction. Further, the BIG would not have had to wait for my program to act. I would have suspended Gholston for the the next game, immediately.

    Unrelated to this game, but still pertinent. In the Illinois – Northwestern game a week ago, I could not believe my eyes when an IU player walked up to an NU opponent and kneed the latter directly in his crotch. Now mind you, I heard about the infraction before I saw a video of it. Subsequently, I’m expecting the replay to show a pile of players where the infraction is committed, should we say, discreetly.

    Well, perish the thought. I was flabbergasted to see the IU player walk directly up to the NU “victim” and strike “the blow” as everyone else stood by between plays. I mean, what in the name of Dick Butkus is going on!

    Anyhow, my point simply is this. If the Illinois situation had been handled correctly maybe the MSU plays involving Gholston would never have happened. The referee in the IU – NU game flagging the infraction was a reasonable start, but that should never have been the end of it.

    The IU player should have been ejected at once. Subsequently, instead of IU Coach Zook being left to his own devices, his AD or the BIG should have immediately announced the IU player’s suspension for the rest of the season.

    Yes, the SEASON! Not a game, not two games, not three. THE SEASON!
    To severe, you say, they’re just kids … think of kids!

    Well, think of the kids may be a good way to put it, and while your at it, Google the words CRUSHED TESTICLE and then think of the kids. Suspension might not be harsh enough.

    Bottom line BIG … for that matter … bottom line football — at every level. Get your arms around this part of the game, NOW! The kinds of personal foul infractions I’m discussing here have no place in the game. They can be greatly reduced, if not stopped, but only if officials at the very highest level of the game come down hard and truly are committed to the issue of player safety.

  7. Derty Ernie says: Oct 22, 2011 9:43 AM

    I wonder is it me or are the refs reluctant to eject players? Its one thing to accidently grab a facemask and its another to witness someone not only grabbing it but turning the head in anger.
    The latter should be 15 yards and game ejection. Its just that simple. Start kicking players out for dirty play, not suspending them after the fact. Someone punches someone else it should be automatic ejection no questions asked.
    In addition, it the coach rants and raves on the sideline about it, toss him too. Just like baseball does.

    People like Gholston must know they will not be tossed and how they got that idea the fans would all like to know.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 22, 2011 9:52 AM

    @DertyErnie: You got it exactly right. Toss ’em! Get him out of there to keep him from doing something like that again, which is exactly what he did.

    Ernie, what does it say for the corrupt coaches at Michigan State who did not suspend Gholston but allowed the Big 12 to do it for them? What a bunch of cruds. 1 game? That lets others think it may be okay to do it and maybe not be caught or if they are caught, they only get one game suspension.

  9. herman404 says: Oct 22, 2011 12:24 PM

    Sounds like a bunch of UofM fans that are a little angry they lost to their “little brother” four years in a row. MSU has a good program and if your a true fan of college football then you would pick a team that wins or loses regardless. Unlike UofM fans that have never been to lived near or ever went to UofM. Most UofM fans cheer for them because they do have a good overall record, just not last four years!

    As far as the dirty play goes MSU will handle it on the practice field. The coaches comments were not bad at all. Come on this is football and not checkers! Hitting and hitting hard is what they, all teams, do.

    Get over it! The coaches at this level are all good and have shown they now what to do or they wouldn’t be at that level. He said what he said cause it is true. They played that way cause it is MSU’s biggest rival and everyone feels that way about this type of game. The coach just said what fans, players, and coaches all feel during a game like this!

    Remember this MSU may not have a great or even good post season record on the past 20 years that is true. However, they have beat, and I mean destroyed, UofM the past four years.

    Oh UofM what about that streak you WERE on, 5 and 0?


  10. herman404 says: Oct 22, 2011 1:14 PM


  11. herman404 says: Oct 22, 2011 1:16 PM

    Must be a UofM posting site! GO BLOW!

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