The Big Ten announced earlier in the week that the three players ejected from the Ohio State-Michigan game, including Marcus Hall, would not face any further punishment from the conference.
The Buckeyes, though, have decided to continue a teachable moment into the weekend.
On his teleconference Friday afternoon, Urban Meyer announced that Hall will not start Saturday’s Big Ten championship game against Michigan State. How long the benching lasts remains to be seen, with the OSU head coach saying only “[o]ther than that we will see what happens.
Meyer said the punishment stems from Hall’s reaction after his ejection. As the offensive lineman was being escorted into the tunnel on his way into the locker room, Hall saluted the Big House with one finger on each hand raised high above his head.
Meyer — "Very disappnted in his actions. Paid penalty for the fight (kicked out of game) … but disappointed in actions after the fight."—
Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) December 06, 2013
Hall has started every game at right guard for the unbeaten Buckeyes this season after starting all 12 games in 2012. Redshirt freshman Pat Elflein is listed as Hall’s backup on OSU’s depth chart for Saturday’s title game.