Big Ten reprimands Marcus Hall, Ohio State staff

The Big Ten office today issued a public reprimand of Ohio State football student-athlete Marcus Hall for his actions while exiting the playing field during the Michigan game on Saturday, which violated the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy.

[ MORE: Big Ten reprimands Bo Pelini, fines Nebraska $10,000 ]

Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01 states in part that “The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship… [including] integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.  The conference office also issued a public reprimand of the Ohio State football coaching staff for failing in its duty to effectively manage the process of escorting an ejected student-athlete from the playing field to the locker room.

[ MORE: Marcus Hall takes to Twitter to apologize for behavior ]

Additionally, the Conference reviewed video of the incident that took place during the second quarter of the game and has concluded that the officials managed the situation properly and ejected the correct players for their actions.  NCAA football playing rules provide that these players were to be disqualified for the remainder of the game since their ejections for fighting occurred during the first half of the contest.  The officials and coaching staffs from both institutions did a good job of containing the situation once it started. As bad as it was, we’re fortunate the incident did not escalate any further.  More can, and should, be done by both coaching staffs in the future to prevent similar incidents from detracting from this rivalry.

The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.



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Jeff Griffith on 12/2/2013 @ 6:50pm EDT Said:

No reprimand for Michigan??? Doesn’t seem fair. I guess their season was reprimand enough.

Mark Holfinger on 12/2/2013 @ 7:09pm EDT Said:

8 players surround Wilson the way they did.. That was premeditated my Michigan- no way to come to any other conclusion. Michigan should have be reprimanded for what started the whole incident,

Donna Glowacki on 12/2/2013 @ 7:10pm EDT Said:

Big Ten officials should be reprimanded for failing to suspend players on both sides for throwing punches during Saturday’s game. Last year, MSU’s DE Gholston threw a punch after being face-guarded and was suspended. By dishing out “reprimands” the League exposes the double standard that treats teams differently. Disgusting!

cmac on 12/2/2013 @ 7:12pm EDT Said:

Reviewed the tape? They need to see the opthalmologist. How could they have missed the mass attempt to intimidate Wilson? Morons. Just watch the tape.

Aaron on 12/2/2013 @ 7:12pm EDT Said:

Michigan was clearly the aggressors. The fight started with a facemask tackle that didn’t get flagged and at least eight Michigan players threw punches. Where was the officiating crew when Wilson was surrounded and being pummeled? And Ohio State gets reprimanded!

Shame on the Big Ten

Todd Taylor on 12/2/2013 @ 7:19pm EDT Said:

How can they not reprimand the instigators of the situation? Wilson was mugged…twice!

Lee Gaus on 12/2/2013 @ 7:23pm EDT Said:

Shame on you Big Ten! The double standard Joe Pa spoke of is obvious once again. Better never believe the sacred Big Ten cows, Michigan or OSU will ever feel the wrath the other schools would feel. SHAME ON YOU BIG TEN!

msumikeinnh on 12/2/2013 @ 7:39pm EDT Said:

Someday, JD is going to really learn that in football, there’s no more Big 2/Little 8 (yes, despite the fact that there’s more than 10 now too). He just can’t keep stacking the deck against everyone but his chosen, fair-haired two (tOSU & UMAA). Unequal treatment for similar offenses … nice lesson to teach the rest of the “Little 8”, JD. I hope you didn’t have two sons and treat them as disfunctional as you do the rest of your conference schools.

John on 12/2/2013 @ 7:42pm EDT Said:

The Big 10 is an embarrassing conference. If these players played for Northwestern, they would have received a punishment, not a ridiculous public reprimand. But, they play for Ohio State, a program that gets more breaks than anyone out there. They run this conference and its very evident. Delaney is afraid to ruin anything for OSU. Those players embarrassed their school, the game itself and the league. No shock Urban didn’t do anything. I assume a week long scripture lesson like he did with Aaron Hernandez will do the trick. Jim Delaney should be ashamed of himself. What a joke. on 12/2/2013 @ 7:55pm EDT Said:

Let me start by saying I am not a fan of either team. I watched the video. OK, so A LOT of Michigan players surrounded the OSU player and talked a bunch of trash to him. Show me one game where some idiot player on either team doesn’t do that to an opposing player. But those players don’t always start pushing the others. They just walk away. I watched the tape several times. Were the Michigan players idiots???…YES! Unfortunately the OSU players were the first ones to react physically. They pushed the Michigan players first. And that is where they crossed the line. Should something have been done to more Michigan players for talking too much trash to the OSU player???? Be careful what you ask for. Before you know it the NCAA will start making “Un-sportsman like conduct ‘Intimidation'” penalties. Talk about a grey area. Either way, both teams should have had a lot more players ejected. But to sit there and complain that it didn’t go your way…GIVE ME A BREAK!. It wouldn’t be hard to find a play that went in OSU’s favor. But I bet you weren’t complaining then. The really sad part is that the OSU coach isn’t going to suspend Hall for telling off the Michigan fans. It really speaks to the character of OSU. Had I done something like that when I was playing football or baseball I would have been kicked off the team permanently much less ejected for the remainder of a game. It isn’t the first time OSU refused to punish a player. I am very disappointed in how the NCAA schools have allowed their standards to drop in the last ten years. But I guess lower standards are OK if your only concern is winning and making money.

Concerned Big Ten fan

Enrique Bustillos on 12/2/2013 @ 8:05pm EDT Said:

It is incomprehensible that Hall was not suspended for the next game. What he did cannot be tolerated. He was punished for fighting through ejection from the game. He committed a second violation in his vulgar gestures to the crowd (following his bench area meltdown/tantrum). The Big Ten “leadership” shows itself to be cowardice. Since the Ohio State football program was found guilty of violations just a few years ago (and let off from what should have been a much stricter punishment then) for widespread rogue-program behaviors (and a coach who showed himself to have no morals), the school should not be allowed to continue other bad acts without the administrators of the Big Ten weighing in to show these scholar/athletes how to behave in trying times. There have been so many teaching moments that have been wasted I can understand how these young men don’t know how to behave. It is from the trickle-down Big Ten leadership. Shame on you men and women in leadership positions. This is sickening.

James B. Quigley on 12/2/2013 @ 9:30pm EDT Said:

The “Big Ten”Conference today has shown that it cannot manage nor rule in fairness and consistency. What a stunning decision against all evidence that fighting occurred by both Michigan and Ohio State University…yet no game suspensions? Both Universities have a rich history of disregarding the rules of the conference yet continue to ignore not only fairness but legality in rendering its decisons against either school. It seems only reasonable now that a press conference be held tomorrow and questions by the media and interested others be answered. Many are stunned by the decision(s) of the Conference given the behavior of both football teams last Saturday….and the Conference “slaps” both schools on the wrist and say don’t engage in this behavior again…….yet amazing both schools have and will continue to do as they please. The Conference as a regulatory body has failed miserably in its legal and ethical duties to enforce its “standards”. Shame on the Conference.

Hans67 on 12/2/2013 @ 9:36pm EDT Said:

This is an outrageous non-decision. The Big 10 office clearly has a double standard for Michigan and Ohio State as compared to the rest of the conference. Punches were thrown, some by players from off the bench, and Hall’s behavior after his ejection is an embarrassment to his team and his university. What Will Gholston did in 2011, which caused him an ejection and a game suspension the next week, was minor compared to what happened last Saturday. For shame, Big 10.

Joe DeAloia on 12/2/2013 @ 9:37pm EDT Said:

There were definite lapses by the refs and the B1G! More players threw punches and should be disciplined! You are downplaying this and not addressing the facts! The refs allowed SEVEN players to surround a player taunt him and try to hold him down! Obvious intimidation and taunting tactics! Sportsmanship goes both ways. You speak of sportsmanship and ignore blatant violations.

imz23 on 12/2/2013 @ 9:38pm EDT Said:

Delaney is the biggest hypocrite, especially when it comes to dealing with osu and um. What happened to the precedent he set in 2011 with Gholston? He specifically stated that throwing a punch warrants an automatic suspension. What exactly does Reprimand mean, “a stern talking to”? What a joke! I wonder what Delaney has in store for how this game will be officiated. MSU will have so many penalties called against them to insure OSU wins. Fire Delaney!

Gary Wilson on 12/2/2013 @ 9:44pm EDT Said:

Note to Big10, surely you jest??? Bad decision all the way around.

Jim Clark on 12/2/2013 @ 9:47pm EDT Said:

Hypocrite B1G administration. They praise the officials for “controlling” a riot and reprimand a player for losing it by leaving the bench and giving the opposing fans a piece of his mind after his tantrum. Husker institution gets fined for Bo calling out the failure of the officials to recognize a pass that was clear uncatchable by any person’s standard. I’d donate to the Bo defense fund, if there was one. What an aggravating decision!

Ronaldo Sanchez on 12/2/2013 @ 9:48pm EDT Said:

Well said Enrique! As I would have expected from the B1G office, it’s the almighty dollar that is doing the talking. No way does the B1G want to compromise the upcoming championship game so they just turn a blind eye. It’s an embarrassment really.

jim on 12/2/2013 @ 9:50pm EDT Said:

really….Big Ten….really. They have done nothing this year for misbehavior or infractions noted on tape or overtly public. If the Big Ten wants player to act like men they need to make a statement like they did with Gholston from MSU lat year. What a joke you are. How can you suspend anyone for anything in the future.

Deb Bacon on 12/2/2013 @ 10:17pm EDT Said:

Why do people comment without reading the article…or is it a lack of comprehension? The ejections, on both sides, were for the fight. Wilson and OSU were reprimanded because he gave the fans the finger as he was exiting the field, which none of the other players did. I guess they gave him a pass on his little temper tantrum in between. He should consider himself lucky and grow up.

sportsfan88 on 12/2/2013 @ 10:20pm EDT Said:

Are you kidding? No publuc reprimand for Michigan?? Not one flag was thrown when 8 UM players surrounded Wilson while on the ground, shoved him back down, ripped his helmet off by his facemask and threw it on the field??? YOU DONT HAVE A POLICY THAT COVERS TAUNTING AND COMPLETE DISRESPECT?? Though I do not condone Hall I completely understand his frustration. There was nothing done by the officials to prevent this from escalating as it did. They are kids and when backed in a corner they will make poor decisions…that is all.

Tim Clay on 12/2/2013 @ 10:41pm EDT Said:

Wow, so many people on here know more than the Big Ten officials. They reviewed the tape over and over. The conclusion was correct.

David grice on 12/2/2013 @ 10:41pm EDT Said:

Big Ten officials could care less about sportsmanship when it comes to ohio state. A player from a different sport uses the gesture hall did there would be a penalty, but the big ten needs osu to justify themselves as a legit conference in football. Once again officials look the other way when they want. No wonder younger kids feel they can do the same when they see college and pro players do things without consequence. Pathetic.

telldatruth on 12/2/2013 @ 10:49pm EDT Said:

The bias BigTwo conference. The big ten is a joke. I hope the schools presidents dump Delany

PWarrick on 12/2/2013 @ 10:50pm EDT Said:

This is complete proof that the Big Ten office and officials are completely biased and in the tank for Ohio State. I wonder if they would do the same for any other player that flipped the double bird to the entire stadium as he walked out after being disqualified for fighting. UNREAL….meanwhile, Bo Pelini and Nebraska get reprimanded and fined….ok, they deserved it…..but the double standard that now exists in the Big Ten office is sickening and unethical.

Shelley Schwarz on 12/2/2013 @ 11:25pm EDT Said:

I would like to apologize for our coach who is old enough to know better than to act like a spoiled child. Our players have more integrity than our coach and it is an embarrassment to our school and the Conference. Apologies to everyone.

Will Mountaineer on 12/2/2013 @ 11:48pm EDT Said:

Big 11 deserves two fingers up, minus Michigan. How they reviewed that footage without rebuke of 5:1 Michigan Wolverines in their home den encircling no. 1 is beyond belief, thrown under the rug for political reasons.

StevenJoey on 12/2/2013 @ 11:57pm EDT Said:

All this talk about bias in the Big Ten? Why don’t you discuss the “swept-under-the-rug” happenings of Jameis Winston? Miami? Cam Newton? LSU’s synthetic drug problems? Please. Some people have been drinking the #Haterade. It’s a rivalry game with storied hate. This is what we love about college football. If you say you don’t, go watch the NFL…I’ll stick with where the true passion for the sport and their respective institutions lie.

John on 12/3/2013 @ 12:08am EDT Said:

The treatment of O$U is as big a joke as their schedule. This guy should have been suspended Meyer first and foremost but because he is win at all cost, the B1G should have done it for him. His players are allowed to run amok (see Aaron Hernandez) and it’s only a matter of time until this culture is the norm at Ohio. These guys just aren’t used to someone standing up to them and letting them know it won’t be tolerated on their field. Hopefully Sparty takes care of these guys on Saturday!

sunny23 on 12/3/2013 @ 1:18am EDT Said:

If you read the first, short paragraph of this article, Hall did not get reprimanded for the on the field antics that both teams participated in. Hall got reprimanded for his behavior while EXITING the field. He threw his helmet to the ground, kicked the bench and used both hands to make obscene gestures to the michigan fans behind him. He didn’t actually get reprimanded for the fight and probably would not have gotten reprimanded for the helmet or bench stuff, but once he started making obscene gestures at the fans is where he screwed himself. Yeah he was angry about being ejected, but it wasn’t the fault of the fans.

Steve Kiley on 12/3/2013 @ 6:56am EDT Said:

Michigan clearly premeditated and instagated the whole mess. I dont expect any less from the Big Ten office and their decisions. Oh well, Meat-Chicken gets to chew on yet another loss to the Buckeyes and it will only get worse next year in the Shoe.

Stephen Chase on 12/3/2013 @ 7:47am EDT Said:

The point is he made the obscene gesture AFTER being ejected. So he must be penalized in addition to the ejection. He wasn’t just flipping the bird at the fans in the stadium, but to the fans all over the country including children, and the referees. I actually would like to see him play next week so the Spartan defense can kick his butt while sacking his QB but he really should be excluded from post season play. The NCAA needs to do something.

Lee Gaus on 12/3/2013 @ 8:57am EDT Said:

To paraphrase “The Shark”, The Big Ten was so angry with Ohio State it fined University of Nebraska $10,000. Let us never think that the Big Ten will ever do anything to hurt its two major products, OSU and Michigan. I feel bad for University of Minnesota and Jerry Kill. Whenever the Big Ten wants to create the façade of class and standards they come down on the Gophers.

BC on 12/3/2013 @ 9:35am EDT Said:

it simply show’s that the commissioner has no moral compass when it comes to getting paid. this is disgusting – especially considering what he handed down to William Gholston a couple years ago. It’s abundantly clear that Gene Smith and Urban Meyer run the Big Ten.

roadtrip on 12/3/2013 @ 11:16am EDT Said:

To those who claim they watched the video and OSU players began the physical altercation by pushing first (I’m looking at you, vikinggetbus), please note the right jab to Wilson’s face administered by #34, Jeremy Clark of UM, ten seconds into the video.

Whatever! on 12/3/2013 @ 12:37pm EDT Said:

It’s obvious that at least one-half of the people commenting are fans of teams that routinely take a beating from both Ohio State and Michigan. Stop your whining already!

Phil Maweeney on 12/3/2013 @ 1:06pm EDT Said:

Guess The Ohio State players were fighting amongst themselves since no grass eater from the team up north is mentioned as to having any type of public scolding placed upon them. Did the Big Ten office feel they would not understand the punishment? Or was it more like a joke you have to explain and how it loses its impact, so having to explain to the dummies up there what they does is wrong it was just easier to let them go back to their study halls for 3rd grade rithmatic.

Gary Powell on 12/3/2013 @ 2:37pm EDT Said:

A sad day for the Big Ten, of which I’ve been a fan since 1961. Both OSU players and the U of M player should be suspended from their next game, period. What are we teaching our youth by letting this slide? Really shameful…..

J Hut on 12/3/2013 @ 3:59pm EDT Said:

Shameless… Could not be more wrong to let these guys play. Classless move. Cowardly.

D Contento on 12/3/2013 @ 4:36pm EDT Said:

John, your comment is absurd!

(John on 12/3/2013 @ 12:08am EST Said:
The treatment of O$U is as big a joke as their schedule. This guy should have been suspended Meyer first and foremost but because he is win at all cost, the B1G should have done it for him. His players are allowed to run amok (see Aaron Hernandez) and it’s only a matter of time until this culture is the norm at Ohio. These guys just aren’t used to someone standing up to them and letting them know it won’t be tolerated on their field. Hopefully Sparty takes care of these guys on Saturday!)

What did Urban Meyer have to do with Aaron Hernandez’s transgressions? Why aren’t you equally critical of John McKay since he coached O.J. Simpson? What about Bill McCartney and Rick Nueheisel who coached Rae Carruth at Colorado? Is it their fault that Carruth had his pregnant girlfriend murdered. For God’s sake John I can only assume that you are one two things: Either a Gator fan who is butthurt that Meyer left or you are one of the teams that regularly gets manhandled by the Buckeyes or another of Meyer’s teams. Either way John, you look like a fool with such an ignorant post! By the way, Sparty will be exposed Saturday night!

Jeremy Brown on 12/3/2013 @ 5:14pm EDT Said:

FIRE DELANY!!!!…Unlike the S.E.C. we ALL want the Big Ten to play by the rules. He cares more about the results. It’s better that not one Big Ten team makes a BCS bowl game, then to act like the S.E.C. and throw out the rules!!!!!!!. Does it really matter! who ever go’s to the rose bowl for the Big ten will lose. Only Now Delany has us looking like all the other jokes in collage football!

Kathy Riggle on 12/3/2013 @ 6:45pm EDT Said:

As a parent, passing judgment on the ‘judges’ of this mess…you are subpar to say the least. When assessing penalties for transgressions you have to be fair and EQUAL! What you have done is far from fair or equal…you are not even in the ‘fair’ ballpark!

I’M sure the players were “too close to the officials” during the OSU and Michigan game but no reprimand or $10,000 fine. You should all resign and walk away with your tails between your legs.

Shame…shame on all of you!

jesse on 12/3/2013 @ 8:12pm EDT Said:

Has U of M ever been reprimanded. The answer is NO, NO, NO!!!!!!! I am surprised they even admit they lost. If you listen to a true “blue and yellow” fan you will tell you they have never lost but been “jobbed” by the refs. Just face it their athletes are mere employees. Just watch what they drive to practice.

Dan on 12/3/2013 @ 8:52pm EDT Said:

The big ten is a joke!! Do they really want players like Marcus Hall representing the conference? Delaney is so worried that OSU will lose on Saturday if they suspend him and the conference will lose Bowl money!!! Do you really think Emmert will punish him?

johnny jack on 12/3/2013 @ 9:00pm EDT Said:

How can Marcus Hall get away with flicking off more than 100,000 people in the big house, plus another 200,000 on national TV? And yes, the camera showed him doing it without a censor. By not punishing Hall for this, does it make it acceptable for our youth to do this? Is this the example the B1G wants to set? It’s ok to say FU to hundreds of thousands of people? My goodness. What ever happened to a hard fought game between two sides with atleast a little respect for each other?

NCAAF Fan on 12/3/2013 @ 9:14pm EDT Said:

First Urban Meyer then the BigTen Conference missed a huge opportunity to make a statement and use some common sense about decency, respect and the consequences of one’s actions. I will be rooting for the Spartans to knock the Buckeyes off their over-inflated pedestal. Marcus Hall should be sitting out this Saturday’s game. No question.

Dave on 12/3/2013 @ 10:33pm EDT Said:

WHY are the players who surrounded the OSU player NOT punished? They surrounded him, chased him as he tried to get up, and started the whole melee that ensued. There are, at a minimum, 6 players from UM that should be suspended from the next game for their actions.

or does Hoke and the B1G APPROVE of the actions UM players did just before the melee?

Show me the money on 12/3/2013 @ 10:43pm EDT Said:

The Big 10 is desperate to help Ohio State move on to the national championship. It will mean money and prestige to a less than stellar conference. I don’t look for Michigan State to get many calls their way on Saturday. The name of the game is help Ohio State play for the championship.

D Contento on 12/3/2013 @ 11:45pm EDT Said:

Yeah ,I love the indignant ones who criticize Marcus Hall for the horrible crime of dual birding the Michigan fans in front of, God forbid, their precious children. These are the same idiots who were simultaneously hurling “N” word epitaphs at Hall from the safety of the stands as he headed toward the tunnel. Yeah, and these same precious children who, unbeknownst to their protective parents, are more than likely dropping F-bombs every other word with their schoolmates on the playground. Come on, have you listened to the mouths on young kids these days? Give me a break! And then, watch every week as 80,000 of these same protective parents shout from the grandstands when a referee’s or umpire’s call goes against the home team. Man, I hate hypocrites! Should Hall have done what he did? Of course not, but lets not overplay this! The referee’s should never have allowed the Michigan players to encircle and intimidate Dontre Wilson in the first place. They should have jumped in and issued an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty immediately. This is where the major failure occurred!

Whatever! on 12/4/2013 @ 10:05am EDT Said:

I wonder how many people commenting here have “flipped off” other drivers on the freeway in a moment of rage when they get cut off. Maybe your license should be suspended for a year and your picture posted on national news and local newspapers. Get off your high moral horses you bunch of pathetic hypocrites!

bo3b on 12/4/2013 @ 11:38am EDT Said:

The melee is one thing but flipping the bird quite another. Player should be suspended by NCAA, conference or school.

BT Fan on 12/4/2013 @ 2:28pm EDT Said:

I could careless about the fight. It is a contact sport and these things will happen (on the field). Flipping the bird and throwing the helmet is just not acceptable. They should send him to anger management training at a minimum.

brian beauchamp on 12/4/2013 @ 3:05pm EDT Said:

how come the ohio st fans on here fail to see their STAR quarterback was also involved in the brawl and grabbed a facemask of a michigan player and drug him away….clearly shown on the replay. Braxton Miller should have been ejected and or a game suspension for the next game but the Big Ten would never think of doing that to URBAN CRYER…