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In this week’s Dash, Pat Forde tackles Auburn’s emotionless sideline veteran, the great Heisman dilemma and also gives out his “Dashie” awards for this season.
Another article that criticizes the Big Ten’s handling of the brawl between Ohio State and Michigan. Forde is an excellent sports writer and one of my favorites.
LEGENDS, LEADERS, LUNATICS AND A LACK OF FORTITUDE
It was a chippy and at times downright disgraceful final Saturday of football in the Big Ten. The kickoff brawl between Ohio State (12) and Michigan (13) sullied a splendid, dramatic renewal of a great rivalry. And on Friday against Iowa, there was the in-game and post-game idiocy from Nebraska coach Bo Pelini (14), who in the face of adversity continues to show the composure of a rabid squirrel.
Then the administrators stepped in to minimize, enable and brush it all way.
Oh, there were more reprimands there: to Buckeyes starting offensive guard Marcus Hall (15) for throwing a punch and the OSU coaching staff for failing to get Hall out of the stadium before he went full-on wrestling heel. But in a decision that harkens back to the efforts of commissioner Jim Delany (16) to lobby for Terrelle Pryor & Co. to play for Ohio State in the 2011 Sugar Bowl after violating NCAA rules, Hall was not suspended.
Why? Because the Buckeyes are in position to play for the national title, but first must beat Michigan State and its No. 1 defense Saturday in the Big Ten championship game. And gentleman Jim wouldn’t want Ohio State at less than full strength for that game.
So Hall will play, despite coming off the bench to punch a Michigan player, slamming his helmet to the turf, kicking a bench and then firing twin-barreled obscene gestures at the Michigan Stadium stands on his way out. For a league that ranks among the national leaders (if not legends) in pious rhetoric about class and character, here was the unapologetic opposite in action.
And the Big Ten’s response, after Urban Meyer went Pontius Pilate, washed his hands and left it up to the league? Suit up, son. There are BCS checks to collect, and a reputation to salvage. A football reputation, that is.
In desperate pursuit of that, the Big Ten’s standards for acceptable behavior are clearly negotiable.
But seriously, can Jim Delany get fired? Who makes that decision? Can I start a petition? Actually, no, let him keep that job until I am done with college and work my way up in the system. I would LOVE to be the one that takes Delany’s job from him. BLAH! I would love to see Michigan State’s AD Mark Hollis replace Delany. But at the same time, I don’t want to lose him at MSU’s AD.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, right, talks to Alvin Ellis III (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mount St. Mary’s, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 98-65. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
Michigan State seventh-year head coach Mark Dantonio, who has led the Spartans to a school-record tying 11 wins and their second Big Ten Legends Division title in three years, has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the league’s head coaches and media, as announced on BTN Tuesday evening.
This marks the second time Dantonio has been named the Dave McClain Coach of the Year, as voted on by the media, and the first time he has been tabbed the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year.
The Big Ten finally has a championship game that rivals the SEC’s in national significance. Unfortunately, the Big Ten is following the SEC’s lead in another area: handing out discipline.
This was the other big news about the Big Ten today. Completely agree with Rittenberg on this one. Big Ten dropped the ball and is just trying to protect the Buckeyes. Pathetic.
The Big Ten is falling back on the NCAA’s fighting policy, which calls for players ejected in the first half of a game to miss only the remainder of that game. Although the league has issued suspensions before for throwing punches, they have come for players who weren’t ejected during the game.
The league had an opportunity to do more and show that behavior like Saturday’s, even in a bitter rivalry game, is unacceptable and has long-term consequences. Monday’s wimpy response will be seen as an effort to protect the league’s title game and one of its biggest brands in Ohio State.
Even a half-game suspension, which the SEC probably has trademarked, would have shown some teeth here. Instead, the Big Ten protects its championship game from being affected, and its biggest brand from being impacted in its quest to reach the national title game.
Monday’s response will add to the widely held belief by many Big Ten fan bases that the league goes all out to protect Ohio State and Michigan. The response will bring more heat for league commissioner Jim Delany, who still gets ripped for going to bat for Ohio State’s “Tat-5” to play in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
The championship game is a national showcase opportunity for the Big Ten, a chance to display its best product and the values it holds so dear. You’ll hear a lot about honoring legends and building leaders, and big lives and big stages.
"As bad as it was, we’re fortunate the incident did not escalate any further," the Big Ten’s SECtatement reads. “More can, and should, be done by both coaching staffs in the future to prevent similar incidents.”
The Big Ten could have and should have done more, but chose to do the bare minimum.
Wait, remember when Michigan State’s William Gholston got suspended a game after he punched Michigan’s Taylor Lewan. If you watch the video below, Lewan was holding Gholston’s head down by the face mask.
And wait… remember how dirty Lewan played vs. Michigan State this year and didn’t even get ejected OR disciplined afterwards?
Michigan State stays No. 1 for a third straight week in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll, receiving all but two of the first-place votes. It’s the first time in school history that MSU has been No. 1 for three straight weeks.
The Spartans now are in position to earn a BCS at-large berth, win or lose in the Big Ten title game - if they can remain in the top 14 when the final standings come out next week.
Our friends in the South often label the SEC title game as the real national championship, and for good reason. The winner of the game has gone on to hoist the crystal football in six of the last seven seasons.
Michigan State also adds to the prestige of Saturday’s game. Like the Buckeyes, the Spartans are undefeated in Big Ten play, and they’ve actually been more dominant, winning all eight league contests by 11 points or more. The Spartans are the first team to win all of its Big Ten games by double-figure points since Michigan in 1943 (the Wolverines went 6-0 that year).
Congratulations to Darqueze Dennard on winning the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year.
Congratulations to Shilique Calhoun on winning the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year.
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