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Michigan State upset with Ohio State about game footage

Pat Narduzzi AP

It wouldn’t be a Big Ten story without a little Urban Meyer/Ohio State drama now, would it?

Following Ohio State’s 17-16 win over Michigan State, Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that MSU had planned to file a complaint to the Big Ten claiming OSU cut off pre-snap motions and shifts from game film sent to MSU.

“We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I’m not gonna lie to you,” Narduzzi (pictured) said. “They send you tape and they’ve got it all cut off and you don’t get to see shifts or motions or anything else.

“A few other teams we talked to that they played, and we compared what they were looking at on tape to what we were looking at. We’re like ‘We don’t see any of that. We see it on their tape but not on our tape.’ So that’s something I’m sure the Big Ten office will hopefully take care of.”

However, the paper reported a short time later that athletic directors Mark Hollis and Gene Smith had settled the issue without having to get the Big Ten involved.

Big Ten teams are required to provide self-shot game film to each other before they face off. Michigan State also received film from OSU’s first four opponents.

When asked about the complaint in his post-game news conference, Meyer said “I don’t know anything about that. I don’t handle the video.”

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24 Responses to “Michigan State upset with Ohio State about game footage”
  1. bigbuckeye76 says: Sep 30, 2012 9:06 AM

    Any wonder why the B1G is so terrible?

    First we find out that Big coaches have a “gentlemans agreement” regarding not talking to verbally committed recruits and now it appears that MSU doesn’t own a DVR.

    No wonder we are a laughing stock.

    If this truly happened, then respond in kind the next time we play, don’t go crying to the teacher like a little girl.

    This conference will be crap until these weak coaches are forced out and the B1G schools finally spend the $ to bring in men.

  2. prrbrr says: Sep 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    Myer is such a liar, can’t stand the guy!

  3. jimbo75025 says: Sep 30, 2012 10:13 AM

    So Michigan St could not be bothered to just tape the USU games themselves-I am pretty sure they have all been on TV?

    Not a Ohio State fan but this seems kind of silly.

  4. sparty0n says: Sep 30, 2012 10:32 AM

    Legit football fans know that teams, NFL or College, don’t use broadcast footage for scouting. They use a field view to see the position of all 22 players position during the pay.

  5. polegojim says: Sep 30, 2012 10:34 AM

    …and MSU still should’ve won that game.

    It was theirs to win and Sparty just didn’t deliver.

    OSU simply survived to get this W.

  6. alexr5111 says: Sep 30, 2012 11:20 AM

    I think people realize this…they’re just pointing out that if MSU REALLY wanted to see all shifts and motions, they could get access to it. It would be a pain in the ass in the breakdowns, but thats why they get paid the big bucks

  7. sabatimus says: Sep 30, 2012 11:51 AM

    Why are Big Ten teams required to send footage of their own team’s activities to the team their facing? They have to send each other formations and shifts and plays and all that, and then are somehow required to live up to that come gametime? Does this strike anyone else as completely absurd?

  8. monsterright says: Sep 30, 2012 11:52 AM

    What, they just received the footage Saturday morning and didn’t have time to say anything before the game? This complaint would mean more if it didn’t come AFTER a loss.

  9. steelersandladyboysfan says: Sep 30, 2012 12:14 PM

    Narduzzi is a turd

  10. alexr5111 says: Sep 30, 2012 12:46 PM

    sabatimus says:
    Sep 30, 2012 11:51 AM
    Why are Big Ten teams required to send footage of their own team’s activities to the team their facing? They have to send each other formations and shifts and plays and all that, and then are somehow required to live up to that come gametime? Does this strike anyone else as completely absurd?

    Every team in the country uploads game film of themselves. You have to give to receive…

  11. glestonsimmons says: Sep 30, 2012 1:06 PM

    Cheaters usually win.

  12. pjduffey says: Sep 30, 2012 3:21 PM

    This was a scummy move and and anyone who thinks differently lacks a basic understanding of the game.

    First, this is game film, not broadcast coverage. It doesn’t follow the ball around or do dramatic shots–it shows the entire game and everybody on the field.

    Second, game film matters. This isn’t some nit pick, coaches (and good players) spend hours breaking down game film to see what the other side does and doesn’t do. Obviously the other side can surprise them by doing something new–they aren’t bound by game film (@sabatimus)– but they are going to have to work to do it. The reality is that it’s tough to do and it has to be deliberate; new looks require a lot of practice and coaches have to be saving them if they want to keep them a secret (which does happen).

    Third, sharing game film is something that literally everybody does–except Brett Bielema, who looks like an obese Tintin: (note that Bielema’s scumbag move was rewarded with a loss). Shit, my high school coach did this. It’s not hard to do and it is practically unprecedented not to.

    I don’t know if the B1G requires it, but I’m sure that deliberately cutting out shifts and motions would fall under bad sportsmanship or something. Because it is. It is horrible sportsmanship.

  13. indi0228 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:10 PM

    76 and Jimbo, please tell me your not this stupid. All teams are required to send their tapes to their opponents prior to their game. The tapes are supposed to be complete.

    OSU and Myer proved that their as slimy as ever. But that’s not a surprise. It’s hard to decide which is more low class, OSU football or their fan base.

  14. vegasrobert says: Sep 30, 2012 7:48 PM

    “If this truly happened, then respond in kind the next time we play, don’t go crying to the teacher like a little girl.”

    -Wow.. or maybe the rest of the conference, and the rest of the nation doesn’t want to be as slimy as the cheaters in the SEC… and perhaps institutions of higher learning don’t want an SEC coach spreading that crap around. The bottom line is cheating is cheating. And MOST teams in the B1G conference try hard to do right by their student-athletes. MSU’s coaches are trying to do just this… Urban on the other hand, well he has a different definition of “right”.

  15. cubsin2049 says: Sep 30, 2012 8:24 PM

    They send us lousy tapes….NEXT QUESTION!

  16. vincentbojackson says: Sep 30, 2012 9:04 PM

    Judging by how sloppy this game was, it appears neither team looked at any video or did any preparation anyway.

    The whole Big Ten is a mess from top to bottom this season.

  17. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Sep 30, 2012 9:37 PM

    Obese TinTin? That’s awesome.

  18. lakesidegator says: Oct 1, 2012 7:23 AM

    When Urbane was at Florida, I used to wonder why he had so many haters. I wonder no more, and I’m glad he’s gone. He’s a POS, “B1G” time.

  19. dirtyharry1971 says: Oct 1, 2012 9:17 AM

    The only bad thing that happened in this game is that both teams didnt lose because both teams are scum. end of story

  20. dkhhuey says: Oct 1, 2012 10:01 AM

    “However, the paper reported a short time later that athletic directors Mark Hollis and Gene Smith had settled the issue without having to get the Big Ten involved.”

    Okay, so you got your uncut film prior to the game and yet, you still felt compelled to whine about it in the press. What’s the matter Narduzzi, still butt hurt about Pittman? Man up and stop crying like a little child who had his lolli taken away.

  21. tobeexact says: Oct 2, 2012 10:06 AM

    I agree with the part that they should have
    complained when they got the tapes.
    But on the other hand no surprise when it comes to urban meyer nor the athletic director who should have been fired before jim tressel along with the rest of the university staff according to i can do what ever I want ncaa president emmeret.
    Hmm I think that ohio st should have to vacate the win for having a competitive advantage for cheating, just a joke but so is the ncaa commission , your only covered if your university president is on the commission.
    Lets see what happens to ucla for there illegal basketball recruiting now being investigated.
    Oh how bout all the recent news on players from other schools who were recently busted for a crime , where is mr emmeret since he now thinks the ncaa should punish schools for something other then actual violations.
    Coaches with class,nick saban, mizzo, oklahomas athletic director tom osborne. Coaches without class bobby bowden cry baby cheater , back stabber, recently quoted as saying I did ntt want the record this way I wanted to earn it ,but oh well ill take it. What a joke of a human being,first he is caught cheating ,best friend joe pa sticks up for him , then tables are turned and he dogs the man so he could have the division 1 or fbs record,ya you didnt want it this way , the man is so full of shit its not funny,at least joe pa didnt cheat to get his wins .
    Dabo sweeny , above the law, tells cop he aint getting back in car he needs to sign autographs , state official tries to talk to cop on the phone , doesnt work. Instead a week later the police officer gets fired, sure sounds like a football culture to me, where is that ncaa commissioner,oh thats right he is probably off somewhere doing another speech to a bunch of buisness men that has nothing to do with his job and getting paid big bucks to do so,but he isnt abusing his position.
    Last but not least my hat goes off to the university of alabama and there fans , students etc , they are a class act after reading blogs about them congradulating penn state players on there win and wishing them more success.

  22. tobeexact says: Oct 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    Actually like the dig on wisconsins coach, he is a low life , biggest cry baby in college football. Only reason he had winning seasons after becoming coach is due to previous zigzag who handed him over a decent team , that and the fact they play the weakest schedule not only in the big but college football, oh and again where is mr emmeret n ncaa after they fired the assistant coach who was bust ed during last years vowel game for having sex with a young male and he was an active coach ,i guess that doesnt fall under emmerets lack of institutional control , again what a joke,i can put these violations on here 50 times a day just from reading the news,none of which are actual ncaa violations ,but since the commission has now made it part of there rules then they need to enforce every single incident .

  23. rharris50 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:51 PM

    @indi0228 “76 and Jimbo, please tell me your not this stupid”. Indio, please tell me that if you are going to call others stupid, you at least know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. Normally I don’t comment on grammar, but when the comments are this snarky, with name calling, it’s hard not to share my amusement over such basic mistakes.

  24. rharris50 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:55 PM

    I’m fascinated by the number of people who seem to have so little to do in life that they log on to articles about teams and conferences they don’t even like, and then they spend even more time writing nasty comments about the teams involved. Between a career I love and a busy personal life, I barely have time to read and comment on articles about my favorite teams. It seems sad, really, to find that others apparently have no lives.

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