Big Ten will not punish Michigan State lineman Jack Allen

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Allen will not be punished by the Big Ten according to Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis. Hollis issued a statement on Thursday confirming the Big Ten's decision.

“Michigan State values and respects the Big Ten's Sportslike Conduct Policy, and both parties take any alleged violations of the agreement very seriously," said Hollis in the statement. "There are procedures in place to review any alleged violations of the policy. After a thorough review, the Big Ten has determined that MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen didn't violate the conference's Sportslike Conduct Policy.

“As athletics director, I had an opportunity to be involved in this review process and while his actions ‘weren't a football play,' this clearly wasn't an eye-gouging incident.”

Ohio State filed the complaint with the Big Ten following its 17-16 win over Michigan State on Saturday, sending along video of what it claimed was Allen gouging the eyes of Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins.

This after Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi complained of Ohio State doctoring game film it was required to send the week before the game, an incident that was reportedly settled between the school's athletic directors.

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