Big Ten suspends Charles, Smith for tourney scuffle

On Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference office announced it has suspended Purdue’s Eric Charles and Indiana’s Casey Smith for one game apiece for their roles in the bench-clearing brawl during Saturday night’s 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game. Charles will serve his suspension during Purdue’s opening NCAA Championship game Friday, while Smith will be suspended for Indiana’s 2013 season opener. Watch the play that resulted in the suspensions now.

According to a BigTen.org release, the conference determined the actions of Charles and Smith 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 Charles and Smith for their actions. The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.

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Brad on 5/29/2012 @ 10:25pm EST Said:

Yea thats really fair. What happened to the 5 or 6 IU players who basically attacked Charles and Coach Schreiber

Tim on 5/30/2012 @ 10:49am EST Said:

Interesting …
Charles hard “slides” into player blocking the base path, maybe Charles deserves suspension.
Basil wrestles, stands over and taunts, gets nothing.
Johnson rams into another IU player, knocking him onto Charles starting the “fight”, gets nothing.
Smith acts a fool gets suspended.
In the original video it looked like Schrieber though the punch but on furter review he was clearly attempting to hold back Charles … very happy for that.

So all B1G 2nd baseman gets suspended for 1st game of NCAA tournament.
Smith gets suspended for Spring game.

Not a very fair or balanced punishment. Hopefully it will have zero impart against Valpo.