The Big Ten Conference has issued a public reprimand of Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Hall and the Ohio State coaching staff in the wake of last Saturday’s fight that resulted in three ejections during Ohio State’s 42-41 win over Michigan.
On Sunday, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he’d spoken with athletic director Gene Smith and three players involved in the fight and was disappointed, but said that further disciplinary action would be handled by the conference.
That means Hall will likely be in his usual starting spot at right guard for Saturday night’s Big Ten Championship Game vs. Michigan State. Hall threw his helmet, kicked a bench and showed his middle fingers to the crowd after his ejection was announced and he exited the Michigan Stadium field.
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Also ejected was freshman kick returner and running back Dontre Wilson. Redshirting wide receiver Michael Thomas came off the bench and threw punches.
The conference statement said the reprimand was issued to Ohio State’s coaching staff for “failing in its duty to effectively manage the process of escorting an ejected student-athlete from the playing field to the locker room.”
Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton came running from the sideline to try to settle Hall as he walked into the tunnel and through the locker room.
The statement said the Big Ten considers the matter closed and that the conference “has concluded that the officials managed the situation properly and ejected the correct players for their actions. NCAA football playing rules provide that these players were to be disqualified for the remainder of the game since their ejections for fighting occurred during the first half of the contest.”