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Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:52 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In the third quarter of Michigan State's 28-14 victory over Michigan last Saturday, MSU star defensive end Will Gholston was seen throwing a punch at Michigan lineman Taylor Lewan, connecting somewhere around Lewan's neck or lower face mask. The incident drew a 15-yard penalty against Gholston, but he wasn't ejected, and Mark Dantonio left him in the game for the rest of the afternoon. Similarly, Dantonio left Gholston atop the Spartan depth chart this week heading into a critical battle with Wisconsin.

The Big Ten wasn't exactly impressed with Dantonio's approach to discipline, it seems, because the conference announced today that Gholston would be suspended for one game after the incident:

The Big Ten determined that Gholston’s actions at the end of the third quarter of the Michigan contest violated Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1 - “Striking or attempting to strike or otherwise physically abusing an official, opposing coach, spectator or athlete.” The conference office also publicly reprimanded Gholston for his actions.

The Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement states that “It shall be the responsibility of each member university to ensure that all of its students and all individuals employed by or directly associated with it comport themselves in a sportslike manner when representing their university, especially at intercollegiate athletic contests.”

After the Michigan-MSU game, we groused that Mark Dantonio's reputation as a disciplinarian didn't match his record, and that his stated policy of "zero tolerance" has now become more of a running gag than an actual aspect of Dantonio's approach to running his team. This latest move by Dantonio -- to figuratively punt on suspending a player who punched an opponent on the field of play, and make the Big Ten take care of it -- sounds much more like a coach concerned with winning the next game than one willing to take discipline seriously.

And hey, if Dantonio wants to leave player suspensions up to the conference, that's fine; that's exactly why the Big Ten has this policy in place. But it still doesn't paint MSU's program in a positive light when it comes to keeping the Spartans on the straight and narrow path.

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Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:59 am
 

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

This character Mark Dantonio is nothing more then a disciple of Ohio State who sat back did nothing about the unsportmen like conduct of his players waited for the Big 10 to step in. His reason he verbally says he hates Michigan. it tells you something about what MSU has for a football coach. My daughter is a graduate of MSU but im ashamed to say it. it appears Dantonio is putting alot of low-lifes on that team. Im surprised Brady Hoke didn't go over and punch Dantonio right in the face!


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Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:08 am
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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:53 am
 

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Two years in a row D'Antonio laid down the blueprint to contain the Denard Robinson Wolverines: pound the living bejesus out of him.  Were there some "questionable" hits (punches)?  Sure.  But MSU has been putting up with Michigan's BS for a century plus...



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:45 am
 

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

I agree with the suspension.  THis was one nasty game.  There was enough crap going on on both sides of the ball.  Bottom line is Michigan is still not a very physical football team and it showed last Saturday.
I think Sparty wanted to prove a point and I think they did just that.  Loved Denard getting body slammed late in the 4th qtr.  Until Michigan gets more physical this is what is going to happen to them.
Wait till they play Nebraska and OSU the last two games of the season.  Better have the the doctors ready because Denard might need some serious medical attention after those two games.    



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:38 am
 

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

"what if Sparty wins?"

Not even a remote possibility.  I picked Wisconsin to win the B1G and the BCS championship, so I'd wish you good luck, but I wouldn't mean it.




Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:32 am
 

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Then why are you here, Hawkman77?



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:13 am
 

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Don't think an LSU fan has much to say about coaches letting players off easy, Jordan Jefferson is the perfect example on how coaches care more about winning than running a tight ship. Jefferson gets suspended for felonious assault, then once it's drop'd to a misdemeanor, Les Miles welcomes him back with open arms and even talks about him starting.

Shouldn't throw stones if you live in glass houses...



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:52 am
 

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

The Tressel-Dantonio theory is starting to sound like an idiotic political conspiracy theory gone wild. You people need to calm down. Dantonio's zero-tolerance policy if he has one was meant for all the off-field crap his team was doing and he's suspended many players (see TE Dion Sims for all of last year)!

If someone held your face down forcefully into the ground I'd bet 95% of NCAA players with a competitive streak would have done the same thing. Now that he's suspended I suppose the non alumni idiot UM fans will start calling for a lifetime ban and not let him play in the NFL either.




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:43 am
 

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

DomkeKong: "This whole situation is totally being blown outof proportion."

*This* one, sure. But, did you see the Denard facemask-twisting incident? Was that a "heat of the moment" issue? Doubt it ...


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