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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.


Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:05 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Not that it has anything to do with this, but Dantonio was the D-coordinator at OSU when Jim Sorgi got choked at the bottom of the pile by Robert Reynolds.  Probably the dirtiest move ever in the Big Ten.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:55 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

  Dantonio is a punk!  Seriously, look at this guy. He recruits the filth of the earth for 1 reason.  To intimidate Michigan.  Dantonio thinks about Mike Hart's comments about "little brother" every single day and then goes into his bedroom and cries his eyes out.  "Mommy, mommy, big brother said I am smaller than him."  Boo fricken who.  If MSU could play like they do against Michigan every game, all 13 or so, they could be a good team.  However they never do and they will be blown away by Wisconsin this week, in their own house.  Remember when he did that "little giants" play againt Notre Dame last year....the guys smirk on his face said it all...."plays like this miracle of a play make me look like a legit football coach," says Mark to himself.  Flordia thinks there are too many suspensions on this team!  Marky should look at Tom Izzo and see respect, something Mark will never have his attitude.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:34 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Dantonio NEEDS a Coach Izzo intervention...

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:23 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

From what I could see from the YouTube replay, the late hit on Robison and helmet twist (was there a penalty for that?) plus the thrown punch were blatant and not in any response to any reciprocal action that could be seen. Of course something may have occured or been said on previous plays but to react in the way shown should have merited much more than a one game suspension. Football is physical and tempers do flare but players must be shown that there are severe consequences to unacceptable behavior. I don't understand Dantonio's non action in this matter - certainly it had to have been pointed out to him in film if not seen at first hand. There is no room for this type of action or response in college football. This is not an isoloated incident. I remember hearing about Pat White (QB for WVU) under a pile in a Pitt game and someone trying to break his thumb. Sick individual! One game suspension is ridiculous NCAA! Ref's, only a 15 yard penalty - what happened to being thrown out of the game? Mark Dantonio - nice job there coach! Way to show your class.

Nice article Adam.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:14 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Well what do you expect as Dantonio learned from that OSU cheater program as an assistant. It was apparent last year when Chris L. Rucker was allowed to play in a big game at Iowa only 48 hours after being released from jail. Won't be long till the free rides at Omars' gets published and the program unravels...

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:04 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game


Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:03 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

If you want to condone these kind of thuggish antics watch the NBA.  Anyone who's not an MSU fan clearly sees what he did as warranting the suspension.

BTW, I'm sure you are also ok with the Illinois playing that kneed the NW player in the junk?

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:56 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

That is a nice double standard the Big Ten is setting. You can't suspend Gholston without also suspending Lewan as he pushed Gholston to the ground by the facemask. Can't say I am surprised given the conferences well documented bias.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:35 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

Dantonio's word is worthless, and his players cheat ~ consistently!

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:27 pm

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

First off I am a die hard Michigan fan and I will admit that MSU is the better football team for now. However, all of the respect I was gaining for Dantonio is completely gone. Yes it is a rivalry game with a lot of bad blood involved but the absolute garbage Gholston pulled again and again on the field should have gotten him suspended the rest of the Mich. game and the Wisc game. Disliking your opponent is fine and part of what makes MSU-Mich a great game but you have to draw the line at INTENTIONALLY trying to hurt people. Gholston hasn't learned his lesson, you can see that from his "apology" where he starts off by basically saying they other guy started it but I shouldn't have punched him in plain sight. I've seen the play several times and there was nothing illegal done to Gholston he simply got pancaked on that play and didn't like it. Also, if he was truly sorry where is his apology for intentionally trying to rip Denard's head off under that pile. I can admit that Mike Hart really kicked this rivalry to a new level with the whole "little brother" thing but Dantonio is letting a player's comments undermine his moral integrity which is pretty sad because I was starting to think his turning MSU into an upstanding football program.

Good luck to MSU for the rest of the year, enjoy this while it lasts a few more recruiting classes like Hoke's first one and you guys are in trouble lol


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