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

Big Ten suspends MSU DE Gholston for one game

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.

Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Boise's Tjong-a-Tjoe reinstated

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The NCAA announced on Wednesday that Boise State defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, who may just be the owner of the greatest name ever, has been reinstated to the Boise State football team. Tjong-A-Tjoe will be eligible to play for Boise this weekend against Air Force.

He had been forced to sit out the first six games of the season after receiving impermissible benefits that totaled $13,600 from a host family. Tjong-A-Tjoe, one of three Boise State players from Amsterdam who were ineligible to start the season, received benefits that included "housing, meals, gifts, school supplies, travel, vacation, among other items" according to the NCAA.

Tjong-A-Tjoe still has to repay the value of the benefits he received, which shouldn't be a problem at all for a kid from another country that doesn't have a job since he's playing college football.

He's the last of the three Boise State players from Amsterdam, Cedric Febis and Geraldo Boldewjin being the other two, to be reinstated.
Posted on: October 7, 2011 8:02 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 8:03 pm
 

More suspensions for the Buckeyes

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The NCAA announced on Friday that four Ohio State football players were to be suspended for accepting improper benefits from boosters. The players are DeVier Posey, Dan Herron, Marcus Hall and Daniel Fellow.

"Ohio State University football student-athlete Devier Posey must sit five games and repay benefits after receiving approximately $720 from a booster for work not performed, according to a decision today by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff," said the statement on the NCAA website. "Posey also accepted approximately $100 in golf fees from another individual, which is a preferential treatment violation.

"Three additional Ohio State football student-athletes – Marcus Hall, Melvin Fellows and Daniel Herron – will miss one game and must repay benefits after receiving pay for work not performed from the booster. Herron and Fellows both accepted approximately $290 in excess pay while Hall received $230 in overpayment. In its decision, the staff noted the overpayment occurred over an extended period of time."

As you'll likely recall, both Posey and Herron were already serving suspensions due to benefits they already received, including free tattoos, that caused Ohio State to vacate its entire 2010 season. These new suspensions will be added on to those old suspensions, so for DeVier Posey, that means he'll be forced to sit out 10 of Ohio State's 12 regular season games this year.

"This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five game suspension already served by this student athlete," said Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith regarding Posey's latest suspension.

He's right, too, the penalty is harsh, but that's what happens when you're a repeat offender: the punishment gets worse. You'd think the poster child for compliance would know that.
Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Illinois LB Brown suspended for knee to the groin

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Last Saturday, we lamented the fact that Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown wasn't ejected for a blatant knee to the, shall we say, sensitive region of Northwestern lineman Patrick Ward late in the first half of what would eventually be a thrilling 38-35 victory for the Illini. Brown was at least given a personal foul penalty for that, the most personal of all fouls, and Northwestern would take the lead on the very next snap.

Still, Illinois coach Ron Zook and the Big Ten agreed that merely a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct wasn't quite sufficient, and for that Brown will not be participating in this week's game against Indiana. Here's the announcement from the Big Ten that went out Monday morning:

The Big Ten Conference office announced that it has accepted the one-game suspension of University of Illinois football student-athlete Jonathan Brown for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement during the Northwestern game on Oct. 1, 2011.

University of Illinois head coach Ron Zook suspended Brown for the Oct. 8 game at Indiana for unsportslike behavior. In accordance with penalties established in Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1, the conference office also publicly reprimands Brown 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.”

If anything, one game is too light of a suspension; watch the foul again, and you can see that this was a deliberate, unprovoked attack by Brown that took place outside of any in-game competition. The play was over, and Brown had no reason to so much as interact with Ward, much less make any contact with him, much much less knee him straight in the sacred area.

It'd be a two-game suspension and an unholy amount of extra sprints for Brown if I were coaching the Illini, but if the Big Ten accepts Illinois' suspension as it is, there's really not much issue to take with the punishment.

Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 11:40 am
 

Status of Herron, Posey in doubt for Ohio State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ohio State has now played five games this season, which means that the suspensions that players like Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas, Dan Herron and DeVier Posey for their involvement in Tattoogate is over. However, that doesn't mean that every single one of them will be able to play when the Buckeyes take on Nebraska on Saturday.

According to a report in the Columbus Dispatch, the status of both Posey and Herron is still in question.
A separate probe by the NCAA into Herron and Posey apparently showed they may have received improper benefits in terms of alleged inflated remuneration while working summer jobs in the Cleveland area. It could mean at least one more game of suspension for Herron, for whom the benefits was said to be in the $200 to $400 range, and perhaps multiple games for Posey, for whom the benefit was said to be about $500.

Sources said both refuted the charges. Herron, a source said, produced evidence that he thought showed he had received no improper benefit.
The NCAA started a separate probe into Herron and Posey earlier this season while looking into the benefits Jordan Hall, Travis Howard and Corey Brown received from booster Robert DiGeronimo for attending a charity event. Those three were all suspended for the first two games of the season for accepting $200 from DiGeronimo.

Ohio State is scheduled to make an announcement at 3:30pm Eastern on Monday.

If Herron and Posey can't play this weekend against Nebraska, it would be a big blow to the Buckeyes. The Ohio State offense has been pretty dreadful this season, so getting two playmakers like Herron and Posey back would be a nice boost.

Both Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas are expected to be cleared to play.
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: September 21, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Oklahoma suspends Trey Franks

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You know, there were other things that Oklahoma did on Tuesday that didn't just involve wanting Dan Beebe to be fired, or saying that it knew the Pac-12 didn't want the school to join even though it had just held a meeting on Monday in which it gave David Boren the power to seek a new conference. I guess that was just a practice run.

Anyway, somehow, amidst all of this, Oklahoma was still able to find the time to suspend wide receiver Trey Franks. Oklahoma announced the suspension on Tuesday afternoon, saying it was for a violating unspecified team rules.

Franks had 7 receptions for 74 yards in Oklahoma's opener against Tulsa, but didn't play a role in the team's win over Florida State last weekend. As a freshman in 2010, Franks had 29 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown. 

Dejuan Miller, who started for Kenny Stills when Stills was suspended for the Tulsa game, is likely to get most of Franks' snaps while he's suspended, though Jaz Reynolds and Kameel Jackson could see some time as well.
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:59 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Maryland suspends two receivers

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Maryland announced that it had suspended two wide receivers on Thursday night. Coach Randy Edsall said that both Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler had been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

"The expectation of our program is for our student-athletes to conduct themselves in the proper manner academically, athletically and socially,” Edsall said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Quintin and Ronnie fell short of these expectations.”

While Edsall and Maryland would not elaborate on what either player had done, according to the Washington Post, Tyler was arrested on Thursday for second-degree assault and has a trial date of November 1st.

Both players contributed to Maryland's season-opening victory over Miami, with Tyler catching 6 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown and McCree reeling in 7 receptions for 39 yards.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 1:54 pm
 

LSU's Jefferson, Johns suspended; warrants issued



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Shortly after arrest warrants were issued for LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns on Friday morning, both players turned themselves into Baton Rouge police. Both will be charged with second-degree battery, which is a felony charge.

After the warrants were issued, LSU issued a release on Friday morning, announcing that both Jefferson and Johns have been suspended indefinitely by LSU.

"Jordan and Josh have been suspended indefinitely," head coach Les Miles said in the release. "We will continue to cooperate with the authorities in an effort to find out exactly what took place during the incident.

"As sad as this incident is, it's important that we learn from this and that we take away a valuable lesson. This has weighed on all of us. It's time for us to come together as a team and focus on what we are here to do."

The Jefferson suspension means that Jarrett Lee will likely be LSU's starter in the team's season opener against No. 3 Oregon on September 3.

This news comes after a week of speculation about what took place in a bar fight involving a number of LSU players. There had been a report last weekend that four LSU players were going to be arrested on Monday, but that did not happen and instead the four players were interviewed by Baton Rouge police on Tuesday. Police then investigated the homes of different LSU players on Wednesday, including Jefferson's where 49 pairs of shoes were confiscated.

Witness reports claimed that Jefferson had kicked a man in the head during the altercation.

 
 
 
 
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