â†µIn the aftermath of Tate Forcier ascending to the ceiling of the â†µSistine Chapel by leading a dramatic game-winning drive against Notre Dame, â†µCharlie Weis made sure everyone knew he wasn't â†µcomplaining about the officiating, but he saw Armando Allen's recalled â†µtouchdown "thousands" of times and couldn't discern whether he â†µstepped out or not, and oh by the way all those holding calls were bogus â†µand one of Michigan's players punched one of our warrior-poets. But he's â†µnot complaining. â†µâ†µ
â†µAbsolutely no â†µ â†µone bought â†µany of this this, especially the last bit about the punch, except Big â†µTen commissioner Jim Delany. Delany's never met an opportunity to â†µembarrass himself and his conference in public that he didn't like. (Remember â†µwhen he released â†µa letter claiming the SEC's academic standards were wack? Even if â†µthat's true, you're the commissioner of the Big Ten. You're not â†µsupposed to say anything except "we like the Rose Bowl.") He â†µtook the unprecedented step of suspending Jonas Mouton for the Eastern â†µMichigan game. He did this on Thursday at 4 p.m., after Michigan had â†µfinished its practices for the week, and issued a statement about â†µMouton's act "not having any place in football" when similar â†µthings happen in about 50 percent of games every weekend. â†µ
â†µRodriguez was annoyed, obviously, and wanted to make sure his team â†µwas not singled out for approbation, so he said â†µthis: â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥"I will tell you my conversation with the commissioner, we will watch â†µâ‡¥every Big Ten game very closely and every non-football act, a six-inch â†µâ‡¥jab or anything that is not called for in the game of football, we're â†µâ‡¥going to ask that that person gets the same type of punishment that â†µâ‡¥Jonas Mouton got," Rodriguez said. "I'm sure the league would do â†µâ‡¥that." â†µâ†µ
â†µThen Purdue offensive lineman Zach Reckman did this on the last play â†µof Purdue's loss to Northern Illinois: â†µâ†µ
â†µGuy is down, game is over, and that's a cheapshot. Should it draw a â†µone-game suspension? Absolutely not. But it did, because of Delany's â†µaforementioned knack for horrible PR. Danny Hope is â†µticked â†µoff.
â†µâ‡¥"Well, really he [Rodriguez] should worry about his own team," Hope â†µâ‡¥said Sunday. "I didn't think Zach Reckman's play at the end of the game â†µâ‡¥was all that vicious. ... I'm sure it's going to be brought up and we'll â†µâ‡¥address it. I don't think he should have gone in there and jumped on â†µâ‡¥that guy at the end of the play, but maybe he was hoping the ball would â†µâ‡¥come loose. He was just trying to give us a chance to win." â†µâ†µ
â†µGuess who Purdue's got this weekend? Notre Dame. Charlie Weis's â†µpetulant post-game (not) complaining, which challenged the â†µprofessionalism of the Big Ten's referees and was rewarded by the â†µconference's commissioner, came around to get a Purdue offensive line â†µstarter suspended. This karma, Jim Delany. It is telling you to never â†µsay anything to the media again. â†µâ†µ
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