Big Ten Suspends Michigan State's William Gholston For Wisconsin Game

The Big Ten has notified Michigan State that it's looking into some rowdy behavior during Saturday's win against Michigan.

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William Gholston Suspended For Wisconsin Game By Big Ten

Michigan St. Spartans sophomore defensive end William Gholston has been suspended by the Big Ten for this weekend's game against the Wisconsin Badgers after violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement during last week's game against the Michigan Wolverines.

Gholston was flagged for a pair of personal foul penalties during the Spartans' 28-14 loss to the Wolverines, the second of which coming after Gholston punched Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan in the helmet. According to conference, Gholston violated the Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1, which includes "striking or attempting to strike or otherwise physically abusing an official, opposing coach, spectator or athlete."

Similar punishment has been handed down by the Big Ten in recent years, including a one-game suspension to former Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton (a 2011 second-round pick by the San Diego Chargers) for punching an opponent during a non-conference game against Notre Dame in 2009.

"I deeply regret momentarily losing my composure late in the third quarter of last Saturday's game against Michigan," Gholston said in a statement published on the school's official website. "Although provoked, my response was inappropriate. Coach (Mark) Dantonio regularly reminds us that actions have consequences, and I will be better prepared to handle these circumstances in the future. I look forward to my reinstatement."

A starter in all six games for the Spartans, Gholston has 20 tackles the season, including seven tackles for a loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks.

For more on the Spartans and reaction to the Gholston suspension, visit our Michigan State blog The Only Colors.


Michigan State Notified Of Potential Unsportsmanlike Conduct Violation

The Big Ten has informed the Michigan St. Spartans to possible unsportsmanlike conduct concerns stemming from Saturday's game against the Michigan Wolverines. If you watched that game, you can easily imagine why. The Spartans played like, WELL, Spartans, piling up big hits and big penalties.

The most obvious example: William Gholston taking liberties with Denard Robinson's face mask during a pile up. Mark Dantonio has been rumored to be considering a suspension of Gholston. But there was plenty of other brutish behavior going on -- Sparty racked up triple digits worth of penalty yardage.

Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi appeared to view penalties as an unfortunate byproduct of aggressive play:

"That's what we try to do," Narduzzi said after Michigan State's 28-14 win against Michigan. "Sixty minutes of unnecessary roughness. I'm just happy it didn't get called on every snap."

For more on this game, visit Michigan blog Maize N Brew and Michigan State blog The Only Colors. Stop by Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Detroit, too! You have so much to click.

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