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No disciplinary action for Sparty O-lineman after B1G video review

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After further review, the Big Ten has decided not to take any disciplinary action against Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Allen.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer sent a video to the Big Ten on Monday for review that shows Allen (pictured, No. 66) and Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins going at each other at the bottom of a pile. Hankins was grabbing Allen’s facemask and Allen appeared to retaliate by shoving his hand inside Hankins’ helmet.

Here is the statement from Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis:

“Michigan State values and respects the Big Ten’s Sportslike Conduct Policy, and both parties take any alleged violations of the agreement very seriously. There are procedures in place to review any alleged violations of the policy. After a thorough review, the Big Ten has determined that MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen didn’t violate the conference’s Sportslike Conduct Policy.

“As athletics director, I had an opportunity to be involved in this review process and while his actions ‘weren’t a football play,’ this clearly wasn’t an eye-gouging incident.”

As I’ve stated before, the bottom of a football pile is a dirty place. Did Allen try to gouge Hankins’ eyes? Probably, but both players were engaged with each other before moving on immediately after incident.

Guess the Big Ten felt the need to do the same thing.

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5 Responses to “No disciplinary action for Sparty O-lineman after B1G video review”
  1. MasMacho says: Oct 4, 2012 7:39 PM

    “B1G have determined that was obviously an attempt to get his nose. As you can see his hand emerging from the helmet with his thumb between the index and middle finger as proof that he was in possession of the nose. Obviously this was nothing but a gesture of kindness and there is nothing to see here. Move along please. ”

    Makes sense to me.

  2. scoregasmic says: Oct 4, 2012 7:49 PM

    Urban Meyer is such a tool

  3. zurnvs says: Oct 4, 2012 8:21 PM

    Yes he is, a power tool. And he’s doing all the drilling.

  4. bill2018 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:02 PM

    It is football. A very violent sport. Maybe the guy shouldn’t have been grabbing his face mask. This stuff happens and Meyer needs to quit being such a baby.

  5. thraiderskin says: Oct 5, 2012 10:42 AM

    I’m a Buckeye fan and I am not impressed with Meyer, at all, but even if football is a “very violent sport,” going inside the mask is a “no no.” While I think the issue was handelled correctly by the B1G, Meyer has every reason to be bothered by the retaliation. With that said, he needs to sit Hankins down and make sure the young man doesn’t continue with that sort of action (facemasking) even at the bottom of a pile. As far as Meyer being a baby? Obviously Bill2018 has never played football and lives in a world of assumptions, if something is dirty enough, it is the coaches job to protect his players. Also, I believe this is Meyer’s first real complaint, I don’t think that qualifies him as a “baby.” In the end OSU won, Michigan State didn’t.

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