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Meyer: Ejected Ohio State players won’t face suspension

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said on Sunday that he has decided not to suspend running back Dontre Wilson and offensive lineman Marcus Hall for next week’s Big Ten title game after the two were ejected for fighting against Michigan.

Both players were involved in a skirmish following a second quarter kickoff. After Hall’s ejection, he flipped both his middle fingers at the crowd on his way to the locker room.

Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith is supposed to meet with Meyer on Sunday to discuss the issue and then speak with Big Ten officials about it. A league spokesman said after the game that the conference would review the video of the incident before determining if any players would face further punishment. But with a potential BCS berth on the line for Ohio State, it’s unlikely that the conference will do anything to weaken its chances against the Spartans.

The No. 2 Buckeyes will travel to Indianapolis on Saturday to face No. 9 Michigan State for the Big Ten title.

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66 Responses to “Meyer: Ejected Ohio State players won’t face suspension”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Dec 1, 2013 5:36 PM

    Urban Meyer gonna Urban Meyer.

  2. erockfox says: Dec 1, 2013 5:39 PM

    I heard he’s going to put them in time-out during halftime against MSU.

  3. dhalb34 says: Dec 1, 2013 5:39 PM

    Way to send a message to your players Urban. Because throwing punches and then flipping off the crowd is acceptable behavior by OSU players.

  4. js20011041 says: Dec 1, 2013 5:39 PM

    Are you kidding? Urban still hopes Aaron Hernandez has some eligibility left.

  5. DicksSportingWoods says: Dec 1, 2013 5:46 PM

    Non-story. Programs aren’t suspending their players when they get ejected from a game. But since this in Urban, commenters will cry on here. Tempers flared on both teams in a rivalry game. Big deal.

  6. deep64blue says: Dec 1, 2013 5:49 PM

    In other news grass is green and the sky is blue!

  7. DicksSportingWoods says: Dec 1, 2013 5:50 PM

    Where’s the article about Hoke not suspending his player for their bowl game?

  8. dkhhuey says: Dec 1, 2013 5:53 PM

    Yep – watched the video over and over again… Dontre Wilson was surrounded by EIGHT UM players and #34 sucker punched him and then another player ripped his helmet off! As for Marcus Hall flipping off the UM crowd – not happy about it and he does deserve a big round of stadium stairs, but nothing more!

  9. auburntigers34 says: Dec 1, 2013 5:56 PM

    of course they won’t. they play for Urban Meyer.

  10. rabbi187 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:00 PM

    SHOCKED!!!

  11. kansas531 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:07 PM

    Former SEC coach, no suspension, no brainer

  12. jrs45 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:09 PM

    Good they don’t deserve one.

  13. Deb says: Dec 1, 2013 6:23 PM

    Extra! Extra! Water Is Wet!!!

  14. bender4700 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:26 PM

    Throw punches, flip off KIDS, LITTLE KIDS, yeah, don’t suspend that grown man.

    What a joke. Urban doesn’t care about class. He has none.

    There were little kids sitting in the stands as that jerk double birded them. Come on.

  15. tendigitpoet says: Dec 1, 2013 6:38 PM

    **yawn** Typical Ohio State/Urban Meyer hate spew. No mention of action on the UM side; it’s all on the Buckeyes like only one side was responsible.

    Marcus Hall deserves a suspension, but if he doesn’t get one, so what?

  16. thefiesty1 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:43 PM

    Suspend Meyer for coach that kind of football.

  17. jrs45 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:47 PM

    I’m sure those kids were surrounded by fans screaming f bombs. C’mon man!

  18. keets55 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:51 PM

    it’s comical the way OSU is hated.

  19. allmyteamsareterrible says: Dec 1, 2013 7:12 PM

    Jameis Winston is accused of rape and still playing, yet people are up in arms about this. Hilarious.

  20. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:26 PM

    Well of course. Ohio State doesn’t suspend players for post season. Not sure they totally deserve it, but it wasn’t going to happen.

  21. bigbuckeye76 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:39 PM

    It’s not like these players are involved in a sexual assault investigation…

  22. irishdodger says: Dec 1, 2013 7:44 PM

    It’s beyond humorous to see the same SEC fans who would defend Meyer when he was coaching an SEC team, criticize now that he’s out of the conference.

  23. thraiderskin says: Dec 1, 2013 7:49 PM

    Good… I don’t know why 4-5 wolverines are ganging up on a returner.

  24. onbucky96 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:51 PM

    I’m shocked, SHOCKED! To think that the coach who had 20something arrests at Florida isn’t punishing his players, wow. Must be a prayer session this week, those worked well with Hernandez at Florida.

  25. auburntigers34 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:56 PM

    irishdodger,

    other than UF fans, Urban Meyer has never been liked by the rest of the SEC. he’s always been a tool. going to OSU didn’t change anything.

    and before you try to claim that this is just sour grapes from teams that he used to beat up on, he *never* beat Auburn while he was at UF.

  26. bigbuckeye76 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:57 PM

    Yeah, because if Hernandez would have been punished in college he would not have committed….murder? Uh ok..

  27. rmcnulty234 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:07 PM

    Urban Legend, Michigan State will crush Ohio this weekend. Gone from the BCS title is Nick Saban, next week bye bye Urban Legend

  28. polegojim says: Dec 1, 2013 8:19 PM

    Michigan fan… as you all know.

    The stuff on the field was emotion of ‘The Game’… no suspension is the right call.

    Flipping off the fans was classless, but whatever.

  29. irishdodger says: Dec 1, 2013 8:25 PM

    @auburntigers34:

    He’s definitely easy to dislike…especially at UF. But winning trumps all….SEC fans know more than anyone. Like it or not, the seven consecutive BCS titles were largely a product of Nick Saban & Urban Meyer. Auburn’s 2010 was the outlier as one player (Cam Newton) put them over the top…similar to Hershel Walker & UGA in 1980. I leave Miles out b/c the LSU program was built by Saban and a two- loss team who backs into the big game is less impressive. He rode the coattails of Saban & has underachieved every year IMO….Saban would have won multiple titles with some of Miles teams.

    Now don’t get bent out of shape about me calling Auburn an outlier. Its still a BCS championship that can’t be taken away, but based on how quick your program imploded, rational fans would agree. The good news is you have Malzahn now & a chance to start something big. Best of luck!

  30. harbourimages says: Dec 1, 2013 8:41 PM

    allmyteamsareterrible said, “Jameis Winston is accused of rape….”

    Where, and by what law enforcement agency? Oh, by you, I guess. Ever hear of innocent until PROVEN guilty? No, because you’re another Urbie Cryer butt boy who is fine with your thug giving M’s fans double “F-you” fingers and inaccurately accusing people of crimes…. Never let the truth interfere with a good story, meathead…. Yeah, Winston MAY very well eventually be accused, and perhaps even found guilty of rape, but from what I’ve read he has yet to be arrested or legally charged. Until he is, you’re just spreading rumors. Duh.

  31. auburntigers34 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:43 PM

    Thanks for the kind words. there were a lot of factors that went into the 2012 implosion. The biggest factor was probably Malzahn leaving for the Arkansas State job and the switch to a pro style offense that was an abysmal failure.

    I get the SEC fatigue in other parts of the country, but it’s still a lot more than a top heavy conference. Prior to the 7 year streak, LSU and Tennessee also won National Championships. That’s 9 NCs divided between 5 different teams in the 15 year history of the BCS.

    The only other conferences that have at least two different teams that have won the BCS are the ACC(FSU and Miami with one each) and the Big 12(OU and Texas).

  32. Deb says: Dec 1, 2013 9:20 PM

    allmyteamsareterrible says:

    Jameis Winston is accused of rape and still playing, yet people are up in arms about this. Hilarious.

    ————————————————-
    The operative word in your sentence is accused. Anyone can accuse anyone else of anything. I have no idea what Winston did that night and am not taking a position. But he hasn’t even been arrested–which means at this stage, the authorities haven’t found probable cause that a crime was committed. You don’t punish people before the fact. His legal issues have no bearing on this discussion.

  33. matthewwigent says: Dec 1, 2013 9:30 PM

    It is a shame that the decision to punish Hall or any of the other Ohio State players comes down to whether or not it hurts the Big Ten’s chances of getting into the BCS Championship. Does that mean that the Big Ten office is actively working to have OSU beat MSU because it is better for the conference”? The Big Ten suspended Gholston for a punch. The rule should be applied equally. The Big Ten also sent OSU to the Sugar Bowl with Terrelle Pryor and his band of merry pranksters when they were “ineligible”. Does the Big Ten office represent fairness and impartiality or only what is “best for the conference” (i.e. OSU gets its way). The Big Ten motto should just be “What is good for OSU is good for the Big Ten.” The other eleven can just live with it.

  34. bralinshan says: Dec 1, 2013 9:35 PM

    Urban Meyer is a phony and a disgrace. He had a chance to teach these kids about accountability and he essentially taught them nothing…except that bad behavior is OK when your a football player playing in a championship game.
    A kid double flips the crowd and gets…NOTHING. Nice Urban, very nice. Never has there been a bigger phony than Urban Meyer and he fits right in with his conference. The Big 10 should step in and demand that the kid sit out. Remember Big 10, about your high standards? Or, are your high standards only high when another conference is in hot water?
    Nick Saban benched his star RB against Texas A&M during the game for a throat slash. He met him at 5 AM for stadiums and then suspended him for the first half of the next game…for a gesture not half as bad.
    Urban, at least pretend that you care about integrity.

  35. jagtiger says: Dec 1, 2013 9:50 PM

    Figures, Urban Cryer doesn’t change.

  36. bralinshan says: Dec 1, 2013 9:51 PM

    I’m now convinced that Buckeye fans are the worst, most morally destitute fans in all of football.
    They play in a crap conference, haven’t played anyone all year (except Northwestern BWAAH!) and gave up 600 yards to a team struggling on offense.
    Their DB’s can’t cover a lamp post. They are down to ONE Top 25 win all season now. And yet…you’d think that they were some kind of special team. And the fans will gloss over and rationalize EVERY lousy action taken by their coach and team. All the while…spewing hate and garbage on other programs for far less infractions. There’s lunatics…and there are Ohio St. fans, truly a special breed of fringe loon. Your team hasn’t won JACK in years and you’d think you’d won the last 7 NC’s…Oh wait, that’d be the SEC. If anyone had the right to crow, it’d be Alabama fans. But, they don’t act like OSU fans.
    If you had ANY shame, you’d be in hiding after that “display” yesterday…600 yards against your “defense”, fighting, and fingering the crowd. Your classless team is a perfect match for a classless fan base. The Big 10, once a conference with standards, has fallen to Urban Meyer depths and that says it all. To hell with OSU…and I hope you lose very soon. Of course, playing in that conference, I’ll have to wait to watch FSU hang a half a hunny on those rotten DBs.

  37. auburntigers34 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:58 PM

    bralinshan nailed it. It’s almost like this board is linked to all of the OSU forums, so that they can rush over here and give thumbs down to any comments that don’t fit their twisted version of reality.

  38. BrownsTown says: Dec 1, 2013 10:42 PM

    All the bitter SEC fans wallowing in their sad bitterness makes me smile.

  39. collegefootballmike says: Dec 1, 2013 10:42 PM

    I will never forget seeing Urban Meyer in the Atlanta airport. I was talking on the phone with my friend and said, “I just saw Urban Meyer.” He was close enough to hear and looked at me and gave a little smile and wave. I looked at him and said, “I am not looking at you with admiration but one of pity. When your daughter ignored you at her Letter of Intent signing and said, ‘You weren’t there.’ And then left to go back to work. You showed me exactly what a sorry excuse of a father, let alone a man, you are.” He just gave a thinly veiled smile and looked very humbled.

    Any yet he claims to have had an epiphany after reading the book, LEAD … for God’s Sake! and makes a new contract with his family. And yet he has a chance to lead, but chooses not to suspend these players. This is just par of the course for someone who is to put it mildly, ethically and morally challenged at best, and the epitome of hypocrisy at the worst.

  40. granadafan says: Dec 1, 2013 10:45 PM

    Dirtiest and least ethical coach in America.

  41. auburntigers34 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:47 PM

    BrownsTown,

    we’re not 0-10 versus Ohio State. what do we have to be bitter about. the SEC owns Ohio State. if you were smart, you’d go ahead and start praying that Duke doesn’t upset FSU…..assuming that Ohio State can win their weak conference.

  42. packergator says: Dec 1, 2013 10:53 PM

    I wouldn’t expect anything less than a win-at-all-costs scumbag like him.

  43. packergator says: Dec 1, 2013 10:53 PM

    sorry – anything less FROM

  44. packergator says: Dec 1, 2013 10:55 PM

    Gotta love that the Big Ten is complicit in this decision just to make sure that it gets a team in the NCG. And the SEC is the dirty conference?

  45. realfootballfan says: Dec 1, 2013 11:09 PM

    Who seriously asked that question expecting something different, lol? My only question is did he follow up this proclamation with a Bible verse, lol?

  46. realfootballfan says: Dec 1, 2013 11:17 PM

    auburntigers34,

    Miami was part of the Big East when they won it. Just saying. People hating on the SEC are in denial. It’s the best conference and has been for a loooooong time.

  47. nytitancl says: Dec 2, 2013 12:05 AM

    Go ahead and let them play. Just ban any games that Hall plays in from national television (including post season). I don’t want my kids seeing that. Give Meyer the choice, since Hall is not suitable to be seen on TV.

  48. jarzmel says: Dec 2, 2013 12:16 AM

    How many games have you seen 6-8 guys gather around a player on the ground after a kick-off return and stand there and not let him move and mouth off ? YOU idiots love to blame OSU on this yet not a word about Michigan. If you don’t think that this was a pre=planned thing then I have prime real-estate I would love to seel you that is in the swamps. By the way, double check to see who ACTUALLY threw the first punch. Yes Hall should be reprimanded for his emotional outburst as should some Michigan players in that gang up.

  49. sparty0n says: Dec 2, 2013 3:25 AM

    I thought Urban Meyer was a big tool until I read comments from allmyteamsareterrible.

    You cannot compare reported accusations, which none of us have details, to what we all witnessed on the field.

    What an idiot!

  50. CBFAN says: Dec 2, 2013 8:48 AM

    The income from this website comes in the form of advertisements. The more visits they can demonstrate, the more advertising revenue. Therefore it makes sense not to include Michigan in this or the fact that the Michigan players instigated the altercation. Just name Urban Meyer and Ohio State and all the dimwitted haters will play right into your hands. Well played…..

  51. indi0228 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:55 AM

    The urban liar is a scumbug. He fits the OSU culture perfectly. Delaney is also a hypocrit and a scumbag so he wont do anything either.

  52. dek7 says: Dec 2, 2013 9:38 AM

    Let’s talk about all those Alabama/SEC fans that sent death threats and suicide wishes to one of the players of the team they purport to support, then we can start to talk about who is classless.

  53. skinsfolife says: Dec 2, 2013 10:06 AM

    Of course not. Why would urban meyer ever enforce discipline. Urban is one of the worst human beings on the planet. His no talent team plays a joke of a schedule and doesn’t deserve ANY notoriety. I will be cheering hard for Michigan State.

  54. mogogo1 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:14 PM

    He had Hernandez shooting people at Florida and did nothing. Did anyone really think flipping off the crowd and a little fight would make him do anything here?

  55. samstone3 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:17 PM

    Everyone is jumping over Urban Meyer about this situation. Well, let’s just see what other teams have done to their players who have done wrong in the last 12 months. Alabama. Clinton Dix takes money from a booster and he’s only suspended 2 games. Mind you all, they were against some weak opponents. He is reinstated just in time to face LSU. Go figure. Texas A&M. Johnny Manziel sells his autograph, and other memorabilia and only sits out the 1st half against Rice. When Ohio State players sold their stuff and autographs, they received 6 game suspensions. LSU. Two of their offensive linemen last summer got paid to show up at charity events. Another NCAA no-no, but they had to return the money in October and NEVER faced any kind of punishment for it. Let’s not forget that also, Jim Tressel, lost his job over the Ohio State incident. Where’s Saban’s punishment? Or Kevin Sumlin’s? Or Les Miles? I forgot, everyone seems to be on the SEC’s jockstraps nowadays, and now that none of them bum ass teams will be playing for a NATIONAL TITLE, they want to cry foul over the Ohio State handling of 2 players who got into a fight. But these are the same people who praised Meyer for suspending Carlos Hyde for 3 games after he was acquitted of a woman (probably some SEC fan) claimed he pushed and punched her. Now, they call Meyer a punk because he didn’t punish those 2.
    Now, people are complaining about how the Big Ten babies Ohio State. Get off of it!! If that was true, Ohio State wouldn’t have had to give up their Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas, or had to suspend them players, and Tressel would still be the coach. By the way, Ohio State wouldn’t have had to give up their 2009 Big Ten Championship either. So, if you think Ohio State gets babied, then take a long look at the SEC. Their players and coaches have been getting away with a bunch of crap since 2000, and I haven’t heard anyone crying about them.
    As far as the double bird salute, yes, Marcus Hall should be disciplined for that. I agree. Dontre Wilson, on the other hand, was protecting himself. If you sit down and watch the video, count how many Michigan players surround him, push him, and punch him. No one is saying anything about the Wolverines players who should’ve been kicked out of the game, or should be suspended. What about them? That’s right!! You’re all Ohio State haters. Quit hating on the Buckeyes!!

  56. wareaglefan says: Dec 2, 2013 1:37 PM

    1. Jameis has been accused by the woman he may/may not have raped. This has yet to be conclusively determined to be rape and therefore no charges have been filed. Under the rules of the governing body of the school, no discipline shall happen until charges are filed. The prosecutor in this case has stated that he is waiting on more information before even he can decide what to do.

    2. Urban Meyer is charged with the duty and responsibility of educating these children (yes they are man sized but they are still children) and part of that education is teaching responsibility for actions which means that when you break a rule you are disciplined. The man-boy who flipped off an entire stadium should be suspended for his actions. Even Spurrier who believes wins > responsibility would discipline players and force them to sit additional quarters when not told to do so by NCAA/SEC etc. He did it at Florida when a National Championship and Heisman were on the line.

    3. Unlike Jameis’ case where we did not witness it and do not know if a crime was actually committed, these thugs (including the UM kid) were recorded on National Television performing this act of stupidity and lessening the sport. If you want to act like a child you need to be treated as one, and they acted like 2 year olds. Timeout is their best bet at learning a lesson, even if it means losing to Sparty. Urban Meyer needs to grow up to or get out of the business of educating people; right now I think he believes his job is to make as much money as possible and screw over the lives of those he is supposed to be helping.

  57. glastron1 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:47 PM

    Surprise! Surprise! GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. cds5122 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:56 PM

    Calm Down People!!!!!!!!! Marcus Hall was just trying to show the potential buyers his bowl rings that are currently for sale on ebay. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

  59. basebuck says: Dec 2, 2013 5:38 PM

    He got thrown out of the game, maybe we should take him out. Behind the barn and flog him? Come on people, get real, he’s paid a price!

  60. totallysirius says: Dec 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    Yeah that thug was attacking those 8 poor defenseless Wolverines and forced them to tear off his helmet.

    He should be taken out behind the stadium and shot.

  61. collegefootballmike says: Dec 2, 2013 7:19 PM

    I would have more respect for Urban Meyer if just came out and admitted he was a hypocrite and that his actions will not now or ever match his words.

    Just look how he tried to fool everyone with the article for ESPN when he took the OSU job and claims to be a Leader. Leaders make the tough decisions, even if it is not in their own best interest.

    And as far as I am concerned Urban Meyer is a poor excuse for a man, let alone a parent, as proven by his daughter’s public comments said directly to him.

    If you put your own interests above those of your own child you are just one sorry excuse of a human being.

  62. baredon says: Dec 2, 2013 10:47 PM

    Hey… Isn’t this kind of crap the same as cost the last O State guy his job??

    Get in the “it’s ok as long as we win” line Meyer…

    Meyer has thrown his family under the bus for this job… He will do whatever it takes to hold it and become a god in Buckwheat land…

  63. jdh1016j says: Dec 2, 2013 11:10 PM

    He would discipline the players, but he didn’t see what happened since he was looking the other way.

  64. dek7 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:52 AM

    Maybe his family got upset because they had to read a bunch of ignorant non-sensical vitrol posted by the uninformed. Football is a great game, in my opinion the greatest, but I don’t understand why people lash out with personal attacks against people and situations that they really don’t know anything about. ie. Meyer, Winston, death threats to Alabama kicker. It’s one thing to critique his coaching style or discipline, it’s quite another to attack him as a “poor excuse for a human being” or a horrible father. Get some perspective.

  65. collegefootballmike says: Dec 3, 2013 9:28 PM

    Ignorant non-sensical [sic] vitrol [sic]?

    I read the ESPN article, which Urban Meyer gave the interview to the reporters. I have also read LEAD…for God’s Sake! So to say uninformed is utterly false. Urban Meyer is the one putting this information out. I am only comparing his actions to his words. And he is only ‘talking the walk’ and most definitely not doing the harder thing of ‘walking the walk’, which leaders do.

    Putting one’s own self interest above their child’s interest is most definitely not ‘Father of the Year’ behavior. And from my perspective, if you choose to be a parent and do not live up to being a good parent, then you are most definitely a poor excuse for a human being.

    But since Urban Meyer put this out there for everyone one to read, if these were lies, then he most definitely a poor excuse for a human being. Either way, he sure is not living up to the standards by which he claims to be living.

  66. doggeatdogg says: Dec 4, 2013 5:24 PM

    Geez Urban, not even have them sit one quarter? I hope MSU spoils your fun. Better yet, I hope FSU cleans your clock.

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