Blog Entry

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.


Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:07 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

The aura surrounding Dantonio is that he is some sort of disciplinarian is smoke and mirrors.  Shame on you Coach D for once again blowing the opportunity to actually be a coach and a teacher.  Shame on you athletic director Mark Hollis for not protecting the integrity of your institution by acting proactively in this case.  Shame on you Spartan Nation for not holding your athletic department and football coach accountable and letting them run a renegade program.  

Note Glenn Winston, Roderick Jenrette, Chris Rucker and Rather Hall brawl for a laundry list of recent MSU offenders.  


Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:35 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Win @ all cost?!?!?  Hypocrite.
Get off the high horse
Whiskey, your school, took a QB that flat out LIED to his prior school to get out of his scholarship.
There is NO denying that!!!
Ask anyone @ NCST

And low and behold, there is a spot at Wisc.
What about the recruits that Coach B insisted would have a chance to be starting QB this year after spring ball?

Look in mirror
Sell out

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:33 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Good Riddance...though I am a Michigan Fan, this was some dirty BS!  The fact the coach had no guts to do something about it, is the reason MSU will always be "Little Brother" inept and a perpetual chip on their shoulder...classless.  Thank You Big Ten, though I might add, you should have suspended the kid from Illinois as well! Both low-life moves on a Football Field. 

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:26 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Gholston is a TRAGIC HERO!



Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:35 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

I am glad the Big 10 stepped in and did the suspending after MSU wasn't going to do it, but to make the hurt after MSU wasn't going to do anything, it should've been 2 games. If they do it that way, it stops the BSing going around about not doing anything. MSU comes in and does the right thing and has the kid suspended for the game, Big 10 can accept and move on. When a team says nothing, thats when the Big 10 should make it hurt.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:27 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

It's funny how the NCAA wants the schools to self-police themselves!  If so, then MSU should have taken the lead on this one and not the Big Ten.  It does make Dantonio look like winning is more important.  Frankly, it is with 95% of the coaches!  Dantonio did not have the nads to discipline his arguably his best defensive player for a game much bigger than Michigan at this point.  He was hoping (as most would) that the Big Ten would go easy on him, much like the SEC officials who gave out half game suspensions!  Of course, the SEC puts winning in front of EVERYTHING!   

College football is under immense pressure right now!  With the money involved with the universities, the coaches have a no-win situation unless you have a great AD and president to support you.  There are a only a few that have both.

Wisconsin wins 28-10 this week!  MSU has too little offense and Wisconsin has too much offense!  

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:25 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Dantonio should suspend him for the rest of the season. Coaches should show zero tolerence for their players actions because as seen with Ohio State, Tressel was trying to win and in the process got caught up in the storm it is now. While I think Dantonio is a nice guy, and a great coach, seeing him delay to pull a trigger on Gholstons action is showing that Dantonio could be falling into that storm as welll.

A guy who is trying to win at all costs.

No college is perfect, but I just think he should have taken action and done so before the league had to do it. While im rooting for Wisconsin obviously I dont think he would be that important to winning the game. If Dantonio thinks so, then maybe he doesn't feel confident.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:44 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Yeah, not much respect for marky d on this one. Not that I ever thought the guy was that upstanding to begin with. Good coach? Sure. He knows how to build a good team and win. Bravo. Its just that his background bothers me. He was Tressels right hand man at Youngstown St. (busted), and at ohio (busted again). But, of course he was gone by the time NCAA caught up to slippery jim at osu, but still, c'mon. This guy has a shady past (IMO), doesn't he? Anyhow, it does seem quite clear that Dantonio is more interested in obtaining W's more than developing solid players/people/citizens. Win at all cost. Right?

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:40 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

The dirtiest move ever?  LOL!  I predict you and I did not see the dirtiest move ever.  That is why it was dirtiest.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:40 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Dantonio just made MSU look REAL bad and it isn't the first time.  I am also deeply surprised that Gholston did not receive any kind of discipline for trying to twist Robinson's head off while his arms were pinned.  That Gholston is a turd and serves MSU right that they will now get punished by Wisconsin.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or