Big Ten reprimands OSU, Marcus Hall after fight
The Big Ten office has decided not to suspend any players or
coaches for their actions in the wake of a fight in Saturday’s game
between No. 2 Ohio State and archrival Michigan.
The conference office issued a public reprimand to Buckeyes
starting right guard Marcus Hall and the Ohio State coaching staff
Hall was ejected from the game for coming onto the field to
participate in the skirmish. As he was leaving the sideline, he
angrily threw his helmet to the ground, kicked the team bench and
then held up both hands in an obscene gesture to Michigan fans.
”The officials and coaching staffs from both institutions did a
good job of containing the situation once it started,” the Big Ten
said in a statement. ”As bad as it was, we’re fortunate the
incident did not escalate any further. More can, and should, be
done by both coaching staffs in the future to prevent similar
incidents from detracting from this rivalry.”
Coach Urban Meyer has said he will issue punishment within the
team to Hall, kick returner and backup running back Dontre Wilson
and another player he did not identify. Wilson was seen throwing a
”Very disappointed and angry that that happened,” Meyer said
earlier Monday. ”That’s not us. That’s not Ohio State and it’s not
Michigan backup linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone was also
It appeared that other players from both teams could have faced
punishment for perpetuating the fight.
The Big Ten reviewed video of the incident.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said before the decision
was announced that the Big Ten office would be fair in its handling
of the situation. He said there was no chance that the conference
might allow the players to participate in Saturday’s game so that
Ohio State – ranked No. 2 in the BCS – would be at full strength
and remain a contender to play in the national championship
”No. (Big Ten Commissioner) Jim Delany doesn’t operate that
way,” Smith said. ”Neither does (Big Ten coordinator of football
officials) Bill Carollo.”
Smith said he supported Meyer’s decision to not suspend the
players involved in the fight.
”(Hall) made a bad, emotional mistake,” Smith said. ”It’s a
teachable moment for him and all of our players. So whatever the
conference does and Urban does, I’m going to support them.”
Meyer said the players had already served their suspension for
”Throwing a punch, the rules are clear that you lose a game –
and they lost their game,” Meyer said.
After Wilson returned a kickoff in Saturday’s 42-41 victory at
Michigan, a melee broke out. Wilson was surrounded by Wolverines
defenders. There was shoving by players from both teams, then
Wilson had his helmet ripped off. That led to several players
The fight was a hot topic on social media. Ohio State fans said
Wilson did not start the fight. Others said Meyer and the Big Ten
should suspend Hall and Wilson for the Big Ten title game. There
were also calls for additional Michigan players to be punished for
their roles in the fisticuffs.
Hall later apologized on his Twitter account.
”I let my emotions get the best of me and didn’t conduct myself
properly in the heat of the moment,” he said in his post. ”My
actions do not reflect who I am as a person and teammate. I love
The Ohio State University and appreciate everything it has done for
me. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry and hope everyone
can accept my sincere apology.”
Meyer did not say what team punishment the players might
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