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Big 12 will not suspend Sooners O-lineman for punch

Landry Jones, Tyrus Thompson, Jackson Jeffcoat AP

A minor story in Oklahoma’s season-ending win over TCU to give the Sooners a share of the Big 12 title was the personal foul penalty on OU lineman Tyrus Thompson.

Thompson was flagged for unnecessary roughness for punching TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga twice in the head at the end of a play during the second quarter. However, Thompson was not ejected (though he should have been).

Here’s footage of the punch and here’s the video that shows Thompson was hit first by Maponga (at around the :40 mark). Still, there’s no excuse for Thompson’s actions. However, he will not face any additional punishment and can still play in the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M.

“No further action will be taken by the conference and the matter is considered closed,” Bob Burda, Big 12 assistant commissioner of communications, wrote in an email to ESPN.

Unacceptable. This never should have been left up to the Big 12 to begin with and how the conference did not interpret that as something other than worthy of a suspension is stunning.

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13 Responses to “Big 12 will not suspend Sooners O-lineman for punch”
  1. conair24 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:38 PM

    haha i know why you are so outraged.
    you must be from Austin. im about 85% sure your from austin, the other 15% is a trace a stillwater

  2. conair24 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:39 PM
    well what do ya know lol sucks to be a UT fan sometimes. have nothing better to do but write nonsense about your rival that doesnt matter and everyone already forgot about

  3. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 6, 2012 7:23 PM

    I’m not a Longhorn fan or a Cowboys fan, but thanks for taking the time to look me up and make an assumption based off of where I live rather than make a comment with even a trace of thought behind it.


  4. imaduffer says: Dec 6, 2012 7:47 PM

    On another note: The Detroit Lions pick Tyrus Thompson.

  5. dgbk says: Dec 6, 2012 8:19 PM

    that was weird

  6. thefiesty1 says: Dec 6, 2012 8:31 PM

    That’s the way Stoops teaches ’em. Expected. Play dirty ’til your caught, then shrug his shoulders and question the penalty.

  7. gorilladunk says: Dec 7, 2012 9:03 AM

    Ben, you can’t allow random (and crazy) posters to bother you. Let it go! It only diminishes you. As for fiesty…you’re a moron.

  8. blueinok says: Dec 7, 2012 12:09 PM

    We’ll handle in in house.

  9. mdrisko says: Dec 7, 2012 1:37 PM

    What makes you an expert? Why should he have been ejected? Obviously he was retaliating.

    Why shouldn’t the Big 12 handle it? who should handle it? “Writers”like you?

    As far as I can see you are nothing more than an opinionated hack. What are your qualifications anyway? (Bet you won’t answer this one)

    We don’t need nit wits like you writing about college football, much less making ‘judgment’ calls on football players.

  10. gatorcheme says: Dec 7, 2012 8:14 PM


    OK, he was retaliating. Does that make it right? Should we take this behavior as ‘part of the game’? What happens to sportsmanship when we tip our hats to the brutality and eschew professionalism?

    A lot goes on in the field, not all of it is noted by the officials. All levels (Schools, Conferences, and NCAA) have an obligation to ensure the safety of the game and to remind (teach?) everyone involved that only the highest standards of behavior will be tolerated. This applies to administrators, coaches, players, and FANS.

    Whether you agree or disagree with the Ben’s opinion obviously will not be questioned. Like him, you have registered your thoughts loud and clear.

    What I take exception to is your delivery of that opinion, which is done with such unprofessional-ism that it reminds me of Tyrus Thompson and his actions on the field.

    With one difference, at least HE was retaliating for something.

  11. metroplexfrog says: Dec 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    He sure have been suspended. That was a shame what he did.

  12. oohrahmama says: Dec 8, 2012 1:28 PM

    I’m a proud 50+ year Sooner fanatic, and that young man should be suspended. What he did violated good sportsmanship; it showed a lack self-restraint and fair play, and I’m ashamed that he behaved so badly while representing – and being a member of – the Sooner football program. Tyrus Thompson & Stansly Maponga, you owe each other a sincere apology and a handshake. TCU should properly punish Stansly Maponga’s lapse of good judgement & poor behavior. Stoops & staff should punish Thompson for his own. In the future, you young men need to think before you react. Act with superior grace & restraint, then beat ’em on the scoreboard, Thompson.

  13. mdrisko says: Dec 8, 2012 10:14 PM

    Ok nit wits, I will type slow so you can understand.

    1. Everyone agrees the TCU player struck first but the officials did not notice; then Thompson retaliates and is caught by the officials and flagged for a personal foul.

    2. This is not enough for Kercheval and some of you other short sighted idiots–you claim Thompson, and only Thompson should have been ejected from the game.

    Now, let’s say we follow your self righteous path and eject Thompson. Put yourselves in the TCU player’s place–he(as well as all other players on both teams!) now has an INCENTIVE TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO THROW AN ILLEGAL BLOW—because heck, the first guy doesn’t get ejected, only the second guy does.
    Soon all kinds of sneaky things are going on in the pile ups of linemen and someone gets really hurt.

    “But wait”, you say–‘the first guy doesn’t always get by unseen by the refs-sometimes the first guy, as well as the retaliator will be caught”.

    Right, I say, then it is appropriate that BOTH be ejected.

    BINGO==now Kercheval and you other nit wits can see why I have no respect for your shortsighted, not well thought out, childish, knee jerk, self-righeous, biased stupid opinion that Thompson and only Thompson should have been ejected.

    I stand by my critcism of you, Kercheval, and add you are a coward for writing such a snarky ridiculous statement to begin with. How old are you? 15?

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